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This Is What Can Happen When An Area Becomes A National Park


Attendance was up dramatically at many national parks last year, including New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

In fact, in 2021, nearly 1.7 million people visited New River Gorge, according to the National Park Service (NPS). Before that, the year with the highest attendance was 2018, when slightly more than 1.2 million people visited the park.
Then again, last year’s final attendance tally wasn’t quite a surprise. As COVID-19 vaccination rates climbed higher and the school year ended, attendance at New River Gorge surged.

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