"New River Gorge" New River Gorge & Bridge Tip by mikelisaanna

New River Gorge & Bridge, West Virginia: 12 reviews and 31 photos

  The New River Gorge
by mikelisaanna

The New River Gorge is an 800-foot deep valley that has been carved over the millenia by the rapidly flowing New River in the southern part of West Virginia. 53 miles of the river are protected as the New River Gorge National River by the US National Park Service. Aside from the scenic beauty of its gorge, the New River is best know for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking, and for the impressive bridge (covered in a separate tip) that spans it near Fayetteville. While the nearby Gauley River is West Virginia' most challenging whitwater river, the New River is one of its most scenic. Guided rafting trips are available to the public through a number of private companies.

The best place to learn about the New River, its history and geology is at the Visitor's Center located just off of Route 19 near the northern end of the New River Bridge. A few hundred feet away from the Visitor's Center are stairs that take you down to a platform tha gives you a great view of the gorge and the bridge.

Address: 130 Laurel Creek Rd, Fayetteville, WV 25840
Phone: (304) 574-1802
Website: http://www.nps.gov/neri/index.htm

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  • Written Jun 9, 2007
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