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Your guide to exploring West Virginia’s New River Gorge National Park


It’s embarrassing to admit, but this native West Virginian was pushing 50 years old when she hit the iconic rapids of the state’s New River for the very first time. I did my best to make up for lost time, though, exploring outdoor diversions beyond the river. Here’s your guide to the many lures in and around the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.

Its name is a bit of a misnomer. Situated in the Appalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, the New River is the world’s second-oldest river. Its existence spans back to the time of the supercontinent Pangea some 299 million years ago. Fun fact: The river is also one of the few waterways in North America that runs north. Thanks to its unique orientation, it provides an ideal corridor for migratory animals, creating a rich display of endemic wildlife.

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