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Based on the climate and weather in New River Gorge National River, the best time to go is September.
High temperatures in the park throughout the spring range from around 51℉ in March up to 70℉ in May. The average low for March is around 27℉, but that average climbs to 47℉ by May. These months also see average rainfall accumulations between 3.27 and 4.57 inches.
Summer brings the park’s warmest temperatures along with the highest chances of precipitation. July is the hottest month, with high temperatures averaging around 78℉ and lows near 59℉. On average, It rains a little over five inches during that month, making it the wettest month of the year in the New River Gorge.
Daytime temperatures in the fall stay relatively mild, making this the best time of year to experience the changing fall colors of the park’s oak and maple trees. The average high temperature for September is 71℉ and drops roughly 10 degrees month-over-month for October (62℉) and November (52℉).
December through February can be a very cold time to visit the park. Because of this, visitation during these months is much lower than the rest of the year. Average high temperatures rarely rise above 40℉, and average overnight lows stay well below freezing. Precipitation averages for these months are 3, 2.81, and 2.54 inches, respectively.
Weather in the Appalachian Mountains can be unpredictable and can change quickly. Always be prepared for the possibility of sudden storms. Weather in the mountains is often cooler and wetter than the surrounding area. On average, the warmest month is July. The maximum average precipitation also occurs in July.
The park was established in 1978.
This map shows the current & 7-day weather forecast, weather alerts, and weather radar for New River Gorge National Park.