New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
Set out into the adventure center of the East Coast – the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve! Rolling rapids, miles of trail and jagged mountain cliffs call you out to play. From mild to wild, the Gorge is a haven for any outdoor pursuit. Every bend opens into wild, wonderful exploration and history.
The New River is the oldest river on the continent and the park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land and 53 miles of river. Along the river, there are a number of prominent locations that are worth a pitstop.
At Sandstone Falls, you can see the power of the famous river. This 25-foot waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful. Start out at the National Park Visitor Center just off the interstate, then take a pleasant drive along the river to the smaller Brooks Falls and the grand Sandstone Falls.
As you travel along the New River, you’ll also want to stop at Grandview Overlook. This section of the National Park has spectacular views overlooking the river along with hiking trails and a seasonal visitor’s center.
New River Gorge Bridge
Along with the roaring river and sandstone cliffs, the national river is also known for the New River Gorge Bridge, the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. You can stroll the catwalk under the bridge for a perfect vantage point of the river 876 feet below.
Thurmond was at its heyday in the 1920s with more coal running through it than Cincinnati, Ohio. The entire town of Thurmond is a designated Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.