Are you a hiker or do you prefer to sit back and relax when you’re out in nature? I love to explore and hiking is the best way to completely immerse yourself into nature. I love to take images and create color palettes that I then use in design projects.
Recently, hubby & I explored the New River Gorge in WV and fell in love with its dramatic landscape not often seen in the day-to-day. Beautiful scenery, lush foliage, and exciting adventures await you in this hidden gem deep in the West Virginian mountains.
The bridge is what first drew me to this area. I love architecture whether it be a building, bridge or tower. I love the clean lines and imagination that goes into the creation of something that will be around for decades. This bridge is actually the 3rd highest bridge in the whole US at 876 feet! It’s more than just a bridge it’s a work of art.
There’s a lot more to do here besides hiking! The dramatic landscape leads to dramatic adventures whether in the water or by air. Some of these activities include White Water Rafting, sport fishing, rock climbing, & even bungee jumping. The New River is definitely not new. It’s one of the oldest rivers in the world, older than the Appalachian Mountains that protect it. Some of the exposed rocks are 300 million years old.
You can find information, exhibits, program schedules, bookstores, & picnic areas at two visitor centers Canyon Rim & Sandstone. Both are open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day.
THINGS TO SEE:
Thurmond Historic District – A coal boomtown from the early 1900s. Today the restored 1904 depot is a park visitor center.
Grandview – Popular for its scenic overlooks & trails.
Sandstone Falls – A fully accessible boardwalk that leads to river-level views of the largest falls on the New River. Spans about 1500 feet!
Trails – Trails go to old coal towns, waterfalls, geological formations and views of the gorge. Some trails allow for mountain biking & horseback riding.
River Recreation – What to take a River Run? Call 800-CALL-WVA (800-225-5982)
State Parks – Within or very near the park are 7 WV state parks: Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Hawks Nest, Babcock, Little Beaver, Bluestone, Camp Creek, & Pipestream Resort park.
Trains -There are 70 miles of rails within the park. The Cardinal is a passenger train that regularly travels the gorge.
I’ve always wanted to Bungee jump off of this bridge having seen a video some years back. Unfortunately, they weren’t doing it the day we visited. Maybe next time! Here’s a video of 7 people bungee jumping at the same time!