More than 70,000 acres of natural beauty, cultural history and adventure opportunities.
There’s more to the New River Gorge National River than just 70,000 acres of natural beauty. Beginning in the late 1800s and continuing through the middle of the 20th century, the New River Gorge produced the energy needed to power America through the Industrial Revolution, two World Wars and beyond.
Once upon a time, this lush forest was home to several towns both at riverside and along the Gorge's rim. Today, covered in brush and shrouded by trees, the remains of those towns still exist for both the intrepid explorer and casual history buff alike to find. If you're looking for a real adventure, hike the National Park Service's 800+ step stairway straight down the side of the New River Gorge and parallel to a huge conveyor system to Kaymoor Bottom, where you can check out several still-standing buildings, a huge bank of coke ovens and railroad tracks with coal carts still in place. Drive straight into Nuttallburg, the town that once powered Henry Ford's early auto plants to see the entire town laid out and meticulously revealed by the NPS across a network of short trails.
For more information on the New River Gorge National River, visit the National Park Service website.