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A kid, a dog and 24 wild, wonderful hours in New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia


FAYETTEVILLE, West Virginia -- For much of this summer, I’ve had to nag my 12-year-old out of the basement and away from his Xbox. But on a 2-mile hike through New River Gorge National Park, he talked nonstop – about camp, friends, baseball stats and lacrosse. Topics flowed as quickly as the river rapids 876 feet below.

“You know, Mom, I don’t hate nature,” he said, as we tromped to the end of the Endless Wall trail, a fairly easy out-and-back trail with a gorgeous overlook of the country’s longest single-span steel arch bridge.

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