♦ Plan your routes ahead of time; paper maps are important because gps systems are not all equal and some will lead you astray.
♦ AT&T seems to have the best coverage in the area, however it is spotty and difficult to find a signal when exploring mountains and valleys.
♦ Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV is approximately 61 mi (<1.25 hrs) from Canyon Rim Visitors Center at the New River Gorge National Park; 63 miles (~1.25 hours) from Festival headquarters at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley, WV is approximately 30 mi (39 min) from Canyon Rim Visitors Center at the New River Gorge National Park; 38 miles (44 minutes) from Festival headquarters at Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Car rentals are available at both airports, Beckley and Summersville; make arrangements in advance as they are not always open.
♦ Train travel on Amtrak's Cardinal Route to the Thurmond Depot (THN), approximately 18 mi (31 min) from Canyon Rim Visitors Center at the New River Gorge National Park; 21 miles (34 minutes) from Festival headquarters at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Shuttle/Driving service may be available with prior arrangements through Hills to Hills Tours & Shuttle, Uber or Lyft.
♦ We recommend our Lodging Partners. For other options in the area, go to New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list or AirBnB.
♦ Local dining options are plentiful: New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list of restaurants. Check your Door Dash app for availability.
♦ Shopping local and souvenirs: New River Gorge Visitors Bureau shopping guide.
♦ Local outdoor gear shops: ACE Adventure Gear and Water Stone Outdoors, as well as a nearby WalMart.