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Hiking the scenic New River Gorge in West Virginia

The New River Gorge Bridge, completed in 1977, is the longest single span arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and third longest in the world; the bridge is the third highest in the country and is featured on West Virginia's state quarter

The New River Gorge Bridge, completed in 1977, is the longest single span arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere and third longest in the world; the bridge is the third highest in the country and is featured on West Virginia's state quarter

I did 3 hikes when I visited the Gorge saving the Kaymoor Miner's Trail for last; that trail goes from the rim of the Gorge down 1000  steps to the old mine (I went a little farther to the river itself) and then back up again

I did 3 hikes when I visited the Gorge saving the Kaymoor Miner's Trail for last; that trail goes from the rim of the Gorge down 1000+ steps to the old mine (I went a little farther to the river itself) and then back up again

One of the largest and most productive mines in the Gorge, Kaymoor produced almost 17 million tons of coal from 1900 to 1962; whitewater rafting on the New River began commercially in 1968 with some of the best rapids (class III-V) in the eastern US

One of the largest and most productive mines in the Gorge, Kaymoor produced almost 17 million tons of coal from 1900 to 1962; whitewater rafting on the New River began commercially in 1968 with some of the best rapids (class III-V) in the eastern US

The first confirmed breeding pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge established a nest in the winter of 2009-10; they came back to the same nest the next year with the number of bald eagles growing over time to almost 40 last year

The first confirmed breeding pair of bald eagles in the New River Gorge established a nest in the winter of 2009-10; they came back to the same nest the next year with the number of bald eagles growing over time to almost 40 last year

The River has exposed 4 seams of coal, considered among the best bituminous coal in the world; the smokeless coal from 50  mines here once fed the boilers of the nation's trains, factories, and power plants, and its coke fueled the nation's iron furnaces

The River has exposed 4 seams of coal, considered among the best bituminous coal in the world; the smokeless coal from 50+ mines here once fed the boilers of the nation's trains, factories, and power plants, and its coke fueled the nation's iron furnaces

The New River Gorge Bridge is made of COR-TEN steel; the unique quality about this steel is that it does not require the bridge to be painted saving millions of dollars over the years; country singer Hank Williams died in nearby Oak Hill

The New River Gorge Bridge is made of COR-TEN steel; the unique quality about this steel is that it does not require the bridge to be painted saving millions of dollars over the years; country singer Hank Williams died in nearby Oak Hill

New River Gorge National Park is the country's newest national park (2021); the misnamed New River is one of the oldest in the world (360 million yrs) and, like the Nile, unusually flows south to north from originating in NC to emptying in the Ohio River

New River Gorge National Park is the country's newest national park (2021); the misnamed New River is one of the oldest in the world (360 million yrs) and, like the Nile, unusually flows south to north from originating in NC to emptying in the Ohio River

The Kaymoor mine at the bottom of the Gorge was connected to the town at the top by a single-track, gravity incline, which lifted workers and equipment up a 1,000-foot slope at a 30° incline; 200  coking ovens operated at the mine during WW1

The Kaymoor mine at the bottom of the Gorge was connected to the town at the top by a single-track, gravity incline, which lifted workers and equipment up a 1,000-foot slope at a 30° incline; 200+ coking ovens operated at the mine during WW1

The Gorge is home to the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival: Bridge Day, held annually the third Saturday in October; on that day you can rappel from the Bridge or opt to walk across a 24 inch wide catwalk suspended 25 feet underneath the Bridge

The Gorge is home to the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival: Bridge Day, held annually the third Saturday in October; on that day you can rappel from the Bridge or opt to walk across a 24 inch wide catwalk suspended 25 feet underneath the Bridge

The National Park includes 53 miles of the River; when driving across the New River Gorge Bridge you have limited views and can't appreciate the height of the bridge nor how spectacular the bridge is beneath you

The National Park includes 53 miles of the River; when driving across the New River Gorge Bridge you have limited views and can't appreciate the height of the bridge nor how spectacular the bridge is beneath you

Nearly 50 coal towns once existed in the Gorge with railroads built along both sides of the river to ease transport; hellbenders, a rare type of gigantic salamander and the largest in North America, live in the Gorge with some reaching 2 feet long

Nearly 50 coal towns once existed in the Gorge with railroads built along both sides of the river to ease transport; hellbenders, a rare type of gigantic salamander and the largest in North America, live in the Gorge with some reaching 2 feet long

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