Twisting, curving, and descending 1,000 feet from the canyon rim to river level, this 16-mile drive follows the old highway into the gorge of the New River, crosses the river, climbs up the other side of the gorge, and drives across the modern New River Gorge Bridge 876 feet above the river. It ends at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center of the New River Gorge National River. The drive is not suitable for mobile homes or large vehicles.
Held in awe by white-water enthusiasts, the New River, now preserved as the New River Gorge National River, surges through a 1,000-foot-deep canyon in southern West Virginia. The New River and the nearby Gauley are known for their Class III to Class V+ rapids, the best and wildest white water in the country east of the Rockies. Special Attractions: Challenging driving and spectacular views from above and below of the gorge and bridge. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
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