New River Gorge National River
Set out into the adventure center of the East Coast – the New River Gorge National River! 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. Check out the Sandstone Fall Road Trip for ideas on how to spend your day in the area.
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. Visit the Grandview Road Trip for a list of other local attractions around Grandview.
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.
Looking to spend a day near the bridge? Check out the New River Gorge Road Trip filled with hiking and eating options around Fayetteville.