Note: having a non-resort wedding within the designated national park area of the New River Gorge requires a permit from the National Park Service. Also, make sure your photographer has a Commercial Use Authorization to conduct business in the area.
Endless Wall Trail – Longer than Long Point Trail but features many more overlooks. Its abundance of overlooks provides more opportunities for photos during the hike than Long Point. Endless Wall is popular, but is big enough that you can usually find a good spot away from crowds.
Beauty Mountain – Requires very little hiking making it a good spot if you’re planning on bringing older folks along. If you’re willing to hike a bit further, the Ram’s Head overlook might be the best view of the gorge in the entire area.
Glade Creek – This trail is a 5+ mile out-and-back hike is great for couples who don’t mind a bit of a walk. It’s especially beautiful in the fall and features a lovely arched footbridge that makes a perfect ceremony location.
The Confluence Resort – Located near Fayetteville, this massive property has on-site lodging and miles of wilderness near the Meadow and Gauley Rivers. It’s fairly secluded so crowds are no concern. The owner is also cool as hell.
Adventures on the Gorge – Resort with on-site lodging, restaurant, pool and loads of activities. Recommended for those looking for a one-stop elopement spot. Very popular with tourists.
Long Point Trail – NPS does not approve permits for weddings or elopements at this location. For portrait sessions only, this short hike (~2 miles round trip) provides one of the best views of the New River Gorge one can ever hope to see. A popular spot that frequently draws crowds.