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West Virginia's New River Gorge offers whitewater rafting, zip lines, newest national park


It was early June, more than a year since our family of four had ventured too far outside our central Ohio bubble. We knew we weren’t alone in our caution, as the pandemic’s uncertainty hung over our nation like a dark cloud. 

But now, with the threat of COVID-19 receding as we approached the halfway point of 2021, we were ready for an adventure. 

We wanted to be together, but after being cooped up for so long, we wanted some wide, open spaces too. So we headed to the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia to see if we could find action and relaxation among the rugged, Appalachian hills. 

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