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Adventure Guide to America’s Newest National Park: New River Gorge


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Given the December COVID-19 stimulus package, the National Park Service It provides gold standard financial support for a portion of New River George, West Virginia, and offers world class MountaineeringAnd the RowingAnd the A walking tour, And the Mountain biking. The New River Gorge is ranked 63rd in America National park.

In late 2020, Congress approved the conversion of 7,021 acres in the center of the 73,000-acre New River Gorge Reserve into a national park, while improving the accompanying stimulus package to support an estimated 20 percent increase in tourism. The funding also supports the purchase of 100 acres of local landowners to access driveways and improve parking. The remaining 65,000 acres of the reserve are designated for hunting in rural areas.

The park is located in the southeast corner of West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains, a five-hour drive from the major cities: Charlotte, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; And Washington, DC

“In 2020, we’ve seen a massive increase in traffic here,” says Kenny Parker, owner and operator of the specialist climbing shop and guide service. Waterstone in the open air at Fayetteville, West Virginia. “Getting National Park status will add more fuel to the fire.”

Today’s annual visit to “the new” includes a million people, many of whom come for outdoor adventures and scenic excursions. The strait contains over 50 miles of cataract up to the fifth degree. It also includes 1,400 (sporty and traditionally protected) climbing trails on hard sandstone. New York times Reports of the roads here “ranks among the best on the East Coast for rock climbing.” The New River Gorge also contains 13 miles of newly constructed mountain bike trails.

Climbing in New River Gorge National Park
Matt Childers

Climbing in New River Gorge

In 1978, the Department of the Interior designated the New River Gorge as the national river. Quickly, put the new white water kayaking on the map. The climb soon followed in the 1980s. The climb is what brought Parker to the area where he made hundreds of first ascent. Given the sheer size of the park and the never-ending cliffs, he compared it to Yosemite Valley in its grandeur. “In the early days, nobody knew that the climb was happening here,” he says. “Today, climbing is the largest user group.”

Parker is credited with being popular Climbing in the new With the spread of many climbing gyms that appeared in the neighboring states. Even so, with only a handful of paths for beginners on the Gorge, he says the new is best suited to moderate climbers to expert ones. “Rocks are consistently good and are solid like granite. They are as varied as you get: steep faces, slabs, high rises, roofs, and cracks of every width.”

“I think it’s the best paddle board (single-pitch trail) I’ve visited in the country,” says local climber Matt Childers. “I love Fayetteville and he is close and dear to my heart. I think these changes are a great thing that will be beneficial to the economy.”

Rock climbing is best from April to June and October through December. The winter and early spring months bring heavy rain, and the summers are very hot, but after that it is ideal for whitewater kayaking and mountain biking.

Kayaking, basic jumping, and mountain biking

Big rafting in New River Gorge National Park
Courtesy of Jay Young / Adventures on the Gorge

Seven rowing dealers working in the new, including the largest, Adventures on the gorge, Which also offers a restaurant, cabins, zip-lines, white-water rafting, climbing / mountaineering, and fishing.

Boats in the new include 53 miles of freely flowing water The upper (geographically southern) portion provides essentially calm waters and open pools with slopes up to Grade III. The lower (northern) part, called the Lower Gorge, has grade III-V white waters with “enormous slopes,” says the NPS. The paddling season runs from April to October.

Big rafting in New River Gorge National Park
Courtesy of Jay Young / Adventures on the Gorge

The largest festival in West Virginia is the annual BASE jump event Bridge dayWhich takes place on the third Saturday in October. In 2019 (pre-COVID), it attracted 100,000 visitors. That year, 300 goats jumped 876 feet off the New River Gorge in Fayetteville. This is in addition to the 900 adventurers who have landed on Earth. Others choose steel liner, riding the line 700 feet down from the bridge walkway to Fight Station Road.

Mountain biking at the new includes the 12.8-mile Arrowhead Trails, a stacked loop system built by 1,000 Boy Scouts in 2011. Their effort included 78,544 volunteer hours. According to NPS.gov, the effort was “one of the largest youth service projects in the history of the National Park Service.”


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