New River Gorge National Park implements new hunting regulations

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New River Gorge National Park implements new hunting regulations
Hunting is permitted in parts of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. (Photo courtesy Julian Hanslmaier)

Beginning January 1, 2022, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will implement changes authorized by the recent legislation that expanded the park and will affect hunting therein, according to park officials.

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Additionally, the park has redesignated the use of an access road in the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The changes will be reflected in updates to the Superintendent’s Compendium.

Hunting remains open in roughly 90 percent of the park within the national preserve areas, which include 65,165 acres.

Additionally, a section of Grandview previously closed to hunting is now open and includes approximately 400 acres. That area starts along Glade Creek Road on the New River and goes uphill to the cliff band below the Grandview overlooks. This new hunting area will only be accessible from Glade Creek Road and not from Grandview top.

Updated maps of hunting areas can be found in the compendium and on the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/neri/learn/management/no-hunting-zones-as-of-january-2022.htm.

Hunting in New River Gorge National Park and Preserve is in accordance with federal regulations and adopted West Virginia state law. Additional information and regulations for hunting within the park and other areas can be found on the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Hunting website at hthttps://wvdnr.gov/hunting/.

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An additional modification to the compendium reflects a change in use within Gauley River National Recreation Area. A section once used as rail grade known as the Gauley Rail Grade is now designated as an administrative road open for non-motorized recreation use such as hiking and biking. The road is accessible from the north by Patterson Ferry Road and from the south by Lucas Road. The administrative road does not run contiguous from north to south due to private land ownership along the rail grade.

Visitors are reminded that unauthorized ATV/UTV use remains prohibited on the Gauley Rail Grade and other areas throughout Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, and Bluestone National Scenic River.

For updated information about the national parks in southern West Virginia, please visit the park websites at nps.gov/neri, nps.gov/gari, and nps.gov/blue and follow park social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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