The Sandstone Itinerary

The New River is a mighty force that runs through Southern West Virginia. You can see the power of the river at the famous Sandstone Falls. This 25-foot waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful and the focal point of this suggested itinerary. Start out at the National Park Visitor Center just off the interstate, then take a pleasant drive along the river to the smaller Brooks Falls and the grand Sandstone Falls. Finish your trip in Hinton, a quaint railroad town.


  • Fun Around the Falls
  • This is a National Park Service information and interpretive center. Located just off I-64, this beautiful building features interactive displays feature the natural and cultural history of the New River. One of the distinctive features of the visitor center is a map of the New River watershed on the floor.


  • Located 2 miles south of Sandstone Falls, Brooks Falls is a 10-foot drop, and is actually classified as a class III runnable rapid. The National Park Service has developed a small sightseeing and picnic area on the west side of the river.

  • One of the iconic features of the New River, Sandstone Falls is an impressively wide waterfall. The National Park Service has a nice park and boardwalk out to view the falls.

  • A booming railroad town at the turn of the last century, Hinton today is a quaint small town with plenty of history, culture and natural beauty. Its entire downtown was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places Be sure to visit the Hinton Railroad Museum, The Market at Courthouse Square and Otter and Oak.