Where to Camp Around the New River Gorge Bridge

Bridge Day is known for its base jumpers, plethora of vendors and spectacular view of fall colors. It's also the largest one-day festival in West Virginia.  And you know what that means - lots of cars and traffic. Parking and shuttles, walking, and dodging other visitors are all part of the day. But if you want to limit your time in traffic, plan to stay somewhere close to the Bridge. Camping is a good option to get you close to the event.

There are plenty of campsites in the area, but you should go ahead and make your lodging plans now.


There are quite a few camping options for you if you want to be close to the Bridge.  Thinking about the kind of group and type of experience you hope to have will help you choose the right site:

  • Mill Creek Campground - This is a family-oriented campground also run by Adventures On the Gorge. It's closer to their main campus, which is just ¾ of a mile from the Mountain State Outdoor Center campground, but still an easy walk to the Bridge.
  • ACE NRG Campground - Located a mile down Fayette Station Road, this campground puts you an easy hike from the Bridge or the New River if you want to enjoy the day away from the crowds.
  • Riftrafters Campground -  Located at the Laurel Creek intersection on Rt. 19, you'll be less than two miles from the Bridge and less than ¼ mile from the Bridge Day Antique Car Show.
  • Gorge Gateway Center - This area offers camping but also has a lot of RV hookups if that's your preference. From Laurel Creek Road, it's an easy walk to the Bridge and Fayetteville.

There are many more camping options in the area. And if camping's not your style, try one of our hotels, cabins, or B&Bs.

Have you camped around the Gorge before?