West Virginia Parks

Visit the New River Gorge

The New River Gorge Bridge is the iconic structure of southern West Virginia. The 3,030 foot long bridge spans the New River just north of Fayetteville. It is the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and stands 876 feet over the river. Near the Bridge is Fayetteville, a unique little town noted for its history as well as for its eclectic dining. Also surrounding the bridge is the New River Gorge National River. This National Park offers numerous hiking and biking trails, as well as several visitor centers. Come spend a day exploring the natural beauty of the New River and finish it off with a taste of Fayetteville. The New River is widely known as a premier whitewater river. Trips from mild to wild are available for families and adventure seekers alike.

Stop 1 – Bridge Walk

Imagine standing 851 feet above a rushing river, watching rafters navigate the rapids and the falcons swooping down into the Gorge. It’s possible with Bridge Walk. This high adventure company offers catwalk tours under the New River Gorge Bridge, including night tours.

Stop 2 – Canyon Rim

The National Park Service’s visitors and information center. Inside you will find displays explaining the natural history and local culture, as well as a gift shop and information on the recreational opportunities available in the gorge. Outside, be sure to walk out to the back deck for a two-mile long view of the park. Also, if you are able, take the boardwalk and stairs down to the overlooks that provide spectacular view of the New River Gorge Bridge

Stop 3 – Fayetteville

Historic Fayetteville is a unique small town full of history, charm, and excellent local dining and shopping opportunities. On the third Saturday of October, Fayetteville hosts Bridge Day.

Stop 4 – Kaymoor

There were two mining towns with the name Kaymoor; Kaymoor Top and Kaymoor Bottom. The mine entrances and supporting buildings were located at Kaymoor Top. After coal was brought out of the mines, it was conveyed down the gorge to Kaymoor Bottom, where it was loaded on waiting trains. Today, only ruins are left. Moderate trails lead into both Kaymoor Top and Kaymoor Bottom. If you are physically fit, take the 819 stairs that connect Kaymoor Top to Kaymoor Bottom.

Stop 5 – Long Point

A moderate trail leading to Long Point, an outcrop of rock that provides spectacular view of the Gorge and the Bridge. This trail is great for families.

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