One of the biggest attractions of the New River Gorge is the amazing natural beauty that it possesses. A number of different plants and animals are indigenous to the region and can often be seen during hiking, horseback riding, or mountain biking through the area. The New River Gorge also features a number of waterfalls throughout the park; making it an ideal destination for “water falling”.
The New River flows across a number of states, creating great whitewater rafting tracks along the way. The power of water can be seen at any stop on its 300 mile journey, in the form of waterfalls, dams, and of course, whitewater. Many of these elements are named for a feature specific to it.
Many of the bigger waterfalls can be found at the intersection where the New and Kanawha Rivers meet. This juncture is home to Kanawha falls, which is over 1,000 feet wide. Sandstone Falls, another major waterfall, is located downstream from the Bluestone Dam, and has a unique shape that means it cannot be seen it full from any single vantage point.
For those who continue through West Virginia, there are many mild and medium waterfalls that can be easily found in Hawk’s Nest State Park Some of the waterfalls located in the Park and in the immediate vicinity include Laurel Creek Falls, Mill Creek Falls, and Cathedral Falls. Once you enter the New River Gorge National Park in Fayetteville, there are many waterfalls to be found throughout. Some of the most notable choices include Marr Creek Falls, Wolf Creek Falls, and Dunloup Creek Falls (a little further south, outside of the park). More falls can be found continuing on your New River journey, two of which are named; Kates Creek Falls and Glen Creek Falls.
Waterfalling is a great way to explore the outdoors, get exercise, and to also just get away from the daily stressors of life. Following waterfalls can be a calming way to mentally reset and return to normal life with a fresh perspective and some great pictures. Families and friends alike can appreciate and explore the parks for a taste of nature and a “reset” – especially given the variety of ways to traverse the parks. For those who want to make a weekend of it, there are a number of indoor and outdoor activities in the surrounding areas that are sure to please even the pickiest of travelers.
For more information about more of the waterfalls in the New River Gorge, check out Go Waterfalling for an in-depth explanation of the history and locations of these waterfalls.
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