The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 12, 2013

NPS announces schedule of events

— Have you had a glimpse of the New River Gorge from Grandview yet this season? Now is a good time to see one of the most spectacular vistas in the region at New River Gorge National River as a ranger-guided programs bring the area's rich heritage into focus.

Chat with a ranger each evening, except Mondays, at Grandview’s Main Overlook starting June 11.

Ranger-guided walks and informal talks in New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River provide a fun way to get outdoors and learn more about the natural world that surrounds us and the people who shaped our past.

All programs are free unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for all guided hikes. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along. This weekend’s featured ranger programs includes:

-- Ranger on the Rock, through June 16, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.

Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

-- Bluestone Walk, June 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway for this 2-mile walk. Walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2 for the return tram ride.

-- Historic Thurmond Tour, June 15-16, 11 a.m. to noon.

Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center for this half-mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond’s historic district for an informal tour of this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

For more information about New River Gorge National River and upcoming ranger activities, visit, check out the park Facebook page at, follow the park on Twitter at, or stop by any park visitor center.