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7 Thrilling Outdoor Adventures in West Virginia


West Virginia is a place where both outdoor enthusiasts and those who want to simply play like a kid again can find a little joy. With more than 1,000 named mountains, 35 state parks, nine state forests, and three rail trails, there is plenty to see and do among Mother Nature. To help you narrow it down, here are seven epic outdoor adventures travelers must try on their next visit to “Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.”

In 1977, construction was completed on the New River Gorge Bridge, helping to connect two communities and reducing their drive time from a grueling 40 minutes through a narrow mountain road to under 60 seconds. However, the bridge isn't just functional — it's beautiful, too. As the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third-highest bridge in the United States, the New River Gorge Bridge quickly became a tourist spot in its own right and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource in 2013. Now, travelers can take a guided three-hour tour of the catwalk beneath the bridge to see it in all its glory.

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