The New River Gorge

The New River Gorge
The New River Gorge National River located in southern West Virginia and established in 1978 consists of 70,000 acres of land featuring deep canyons adjoining 53 miles of the New River. The New River Gorge National River is a unit of the United States National Park Service established in 1978 to protect and maintain the New River Gorge area in southern West Virginia.

Although it was named the New River this body of water is actually North America's oldest river. The river begins in the southern mountains of North Carolina and flows northward to south-central West Virginia where it becomes the Gauley River. The New River Gorge National River is a unit of the United States National Park Service established in 1978 created to protect and maintain the New River Gorge area in southern West Virginia.

This wild and scenic are is well known for its excellent outdoor recreational opportunities that include whitewater rafting, canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, camping and just enjoying nature at it's best. The Lower Gorge of the New River is a well known whitewater rafting location with impressive rapids ranging in difficulty from Class III to Class V, many of them well populated by large boulders which require maneuvering in very powerful currents and cross currents. Commercial rafting outfitters conduct trips down the river from April through October. The upper part of the river offers somewhat less challenging class I to III rapids for whitewater rafting or canoeing.

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge an arch bridge located on route 19 in Fayetteville, West Virginia spans 3,030 feet and rises 876 feet above the New River. Construction of this awesome bridge designed by the Michael Baker Company and fabricated by American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel took three years to complete at a cost nearly 37 million dollars.

For thrill seekers, yearly on the third Saturday of October a one day festival sponsored by occurs known as "Bridge Day" where participants and bystanders experience the largest extreme sports event in the world. On this day the bridge is opened to pedestrians and sport parachutists are permitted to base jump from the bridge. More information can be found by contacting the New River Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 927-0263.

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