River Map: New River Gorge

River Map: New River Gorge


Informative and wildly entertaining, this hand-illustrated map by William Nealy is a treasure that every paddler can appreciate.

The New River has long been a popular destination for outdoor adventure due to its beautiful runs and unique turns. All of its fantastic features are why legendary cartoonist William Nealy mapped the river with his unique style, blending a twisted sense of humor with instructions for safely navigating the rapids.

Flowing some 320 miles in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, it became a national park in 2020, and Nealy’s map is the ultimate collectors’ item, allowing generations of paddlers to follow in William’s footsteps. This classic map has been sought across the United States for years because of its relevance and insider’s perspective. Artistically bizarre and totally irreverent, The New River is now available as part of The William Nealy Collection. The beautiful map doubles as striking, hilarious, conversation-starting art. Color it, frame it, and share it with others.

Due to the packaging requirements for these poster maps, there will be an $8 fee added to your order for handling cost. All maps are shipped in heavy duty cardboard tubes to protect during shipping.

William was a world-famous cartoonist, he worked at a paddle shop near the Haw River in the mid-1970s, sketching maps of the rapids for customers. Just a few years later, he turned that talent into a profession. With a style that was heavily influenced by a radical counterculture genre known as Underground Comix, William became the first person to map several famous rivers of the southeastern United States. Collect his entire line of Whitewater River Maps.

This very detailed illustration of the New River Gorge measures at 18″ x 35″. Perfect for framing!

Additional information

Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 18 × 35 in



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