New River Gorge

United States of America - Southern United States

Established in 1978, New River Gorge National River was redesignated as New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in 2021.

The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River from Bluestone Dam to Hawk’s Nest Lake. The New River is among Earth’s oldest rivers, a rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep and spectacular canyons. Here in southern West Virginia, the New River has carved and continues to carve the deepest and longest river gorge in the Appalachian Mountains.

Hiking along the many park trails, rafting the river, or biking along an old railroad grade, the visitor will be confronted with spectacular scenery that makes this place worthy of inclusion in our national park system. However, the significance of this place goes well beyond the beautiful scenery. When looking out from Grandview, Diamond Point, Long Point, or one of the many other viewpoints in the park, we are actually looking at a globally significant forest containing the most diverse flora of any river gorge in the south and central Appalachian Mountains.

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