The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 29, 2012

New River Gorge park closed until further notice

— The impending winter storm may bring heavy winds and rain and snow accumulation of varying levels to areas of southern West Virginia. All park areas including visitor centers, campgrounds and trails will be closed at noon today with closures remaining in effect until further notice.

The Frankenstorm event could bring a total of 9” to 17” of snow to the area, and in higher elevations up to 3 feet. Visitors and community members should avoid the campgrounds and trails where weakened tree systems from the Derecho will create hazardous conditions.

Weather alert updates will be posted to the park’s website at You can also find updates on the park’s Facebook page at

The length of the closure is unknown at this time. For questions, please contact Robin Snyder at 304-640-0724.