VISIT SOUTHERN WEST VIRGINIA

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.

Stop 1 – Brooks Falls

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.

Hours

Recommended day use

Cost

Free

Tips

This is a great picnic spot. Sit along the river and enjoy your meal while watching the Falls.

Stop 2 – Hinton

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Stop 3 – Sandstone Falls

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.

Hours

day use

Cost

free

Tip

The falls are the most impressive in spring, but beautiful all year round.

Tip

The boardwalk is accessible for all visitors and provides beautiful views of different parts of the Falls.

Stop 4 – Visitors Center

This is a National Park Service information and interpretive center. Located just off I-64, this beautiful building is energy efficient. 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.

Hours

9am-5pm daily

Cost

free

Tip

You cannot see the falls from the Visitor Center, but this is an excellent way to introduce yourself to the New River and the surrounding area.

Tip

As you drive towards Hinton on Route 20 South, be sure to stop at the overlook on the left a few miles from the visitor’s center. There is a great view of the falls from above.

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