Hoff's Aliner Travels
A Travel Blog for US and Canadian Parks with Geological Notes

New River Gorge National Park, SC

New River Gorge National Park is our newest (2021) of 63 National Parks. Contrary to it’s name, New River may be one of the oldest rivers in North America and may have cut down through the Appalachians as they rose hundreds of millions years ago. The river drops 750 feet in 50 miles creating a long stretch renowned for whitewater rafting and in some areas. The depth of the gorge in parts is over 1,000 feet and the drop from the road on the bridge to the water is 876 feet. The rim of the gorge is capped by sandstone that is popular among rock climbers. Numerous trails with hemlocks and rhododendron make for pleasant hiking.

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