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An Ancient River Gorge
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
Tucked away in south central West Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, is a gem of our National Park System, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Encompassing over 70,000 acres of land and containing a biodiversity of over 1,400 different species of plants, the park is situated along 53 miles of wild river flowing through a 1,000 foot deep gorge. With world class whitewater rafting and kayaking, tops in the nation technical rock climbing, and hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, nearly endless options for adventure exist. President Jimmy Carter signed legislation in 1978 establishing the park “for the purpose of conserving and interpreting outstanding natural, scenic, and historic values and objects in and around the New River Gorge and preserving as a free-flowing stream an important segment of the New River in West Virginia for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.” That’s exactly what we’ve been doing! This Southern West Virginia Travel Guide is worth checking out!
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The New River Gorge National Park in Southern West Virginia is an outdoor lover’s paradise. There is no other place in the eastern united states that offers such a diversity of outdoor adventures suited for beginners and experts alike in such a close proximity. Learn more about all the newest national park has to offer in these articles.
Tucked away in south central West Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, is a gem of our National Park System, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Encompassing over 70,000 acres of…READ MORE
Since the 1970s, there has been documented climbing in the New River Gorge. We imagine that there was probably climbing that occurred in some manner before that, but the cliff lines weren’t scouted, cleaned and…READ MORE
Whether you want an intense hike, a relaxing stroll through the woods, or something in between, The New River Gorge has hiking opportunities for everybody. Explore some new trails, or repeat one that you’ve traveled…READ MORE
New River Gorge National Park Whitewater Rafting In the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, tucked away in south central West Virginia, is where you’ll find the country’s newest National Park. Though its status as a…READ MORE
Perhaps the most iconic place in West Virginia, The New River Gorge Bridge is an engineering marvel that solved a travel challenge for commuters and connected the North and South sides of the New River…READ MORE
World Famous Whitewater
The Gauley River National Recreation Area
Just to the north of the New River Gorge National River, another West Virginia outdoor adventure paradise exists, complete with its own tumultuous, world class whitewater, abundant rock climbing, and ruggedly wild landscape. The Gauley River National Recreation Area entails 25 miles of the Gauley River, along with 5.5 miles of its major tributary, the Meadow River. Altogether, the park encompasses over 11,000 acres, from Summersville Lake and Dam down towards the confluence with the New River. Largely inaccessible other than by water, the remote Gauley and Meadow Rivers are both well known in the whitewater world for their technical, boulder-strewn rapids. While the Meadow is only paddled privately by highly skilled boaters, the Gauley is renowned among rafters as one of the most demanding and popular commercial runs in the world.
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Take just one trip, and before you’re even close to half-way through, you’ll understand why every fall, the Gauley River draws people back to its waters. Tucked in a remote, beautiful canyon, it is densely…READ MORE
There is no section of river more overlooked and underrated in the Eastern US, and quite possibly in all of North America, than the Lower Gauley. It sits just downstream of the world renowned Upper…READ MORE
Just to the north of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve, another outdoor adventure paradise exists, complete with its own tumultuous, world class whitewater, abundant rock climbing, and ruggedly wild landscape.READ MORE
Just to the north of the New River Gorge National River, another outdoor adventure paradise exists, complete with its own tumultuous, world-class whitewater, abundant rock climbing, and ruggedly wild landscape. The Gauley River National Recreation…READ MORE
Bahama Blue Waters
Known for being West Virginia’s most scenic lake, Summersville Lake has every level of activity, so there truly is something for everybody. Spend a day swimming at Battle Run, where a sandy beach provides a fun day on the shore, West Virginia style. For those wishing to head out on the water, there are several great options. Rent a stand up paddle board and paddle your way around the coves and inlets that make Summersville Lake so unique. Paddle under the waterfall that cascades into Pirate’s Cove for a refreshing shower underneath the cool mountain water. Or, check out the island near Battle Run and truly feel like you’re a world away. If sit down activities are more your speed, head out on a lake kayak (available to rent at ACE Adventure Gear, or as a guided tour with ACE). Paddle your way around the lake and be closer to the water, just make sure you jump out into the water to get some swim time in. This West Virginia Travel Guide gives all the info and details you need!
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A breathtaking and undeveloped lake surrounded by miles of cliff line, Summersville Lake features some of the clearest blue water you can imagine. The features on Summersville Lake make it a prime multi-sport location, with…READ MORE