Since 2002, the annual New River Birding & Nature Spring Festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours in and around the New River Gorge National River, in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warblers, as well as the Scarlet Tanager.
A friendly birding and nature vacation for everyone, the week long event features guided birding and nature excursions, world-class speakers, the finest collection of guides, tasty food and a back-porch atmosphere unmatched by any other birding and nature festival. Signature guided bird watching experiences include opportunities to visit a wide range of habitats with world class instruction for beginners as well as those wanting to enhance their skills.
2023, May 1 - 6 21st Birthday!
2024, Apr 29 - May 4
2025, Apr 28 - May 3 (tbd)
Located in the picturesque Appalachian mountains and valleys in Fayette County, West Virginia. Just a hop-skip-and-a-jump (or within 500 miles) of 66% of the U.S. population and 33% of the Canadian population - we are easy to find... if you know where to look ;)
As the bird flies, follow U.S. Route 19 to the New River Gorge Bridge and you're here. From that vantage point Smithsonian's Aerial America named the area one of the "Top 13 Landscapes of 2013!" Coincidence? We think not. Our beloved deciduous forests provide crucial stopover habitat for migrating birds and birders alike.
Those who attend the New River Birding & Nature Festival quickly discover the key components at the very root of the experience we provide: hospitality and meeting the interests and needs of our guests; promoting our area as a great place to live, learn, work and play; and being proactive in efforts to conserve the resources that bring colorful migrant birds our way each spring. These are the values that drive our efforts to provide an experience that is as good as it can be, every spring since 2002.
Meet the Festival's very own Culinary Team - these individuals create the tastiest parts of the week we all enjoy!