Saturday, March 7, 2009

New River Gorge, West Virginia

The New River in West Virginia actually is quite old. It used to flow through Midwest and empty into the Mississippi. This national river is right in the middle of whitewater country, with navigators sprinkled throughout the region. All are willing to take you on a ride down the body of water shown above.

In the old days, a ferry was needed to get across the river. Then, in 1977, the world's biggest single arch steel bridge was completed. It's a pretty impressive sight ... even if Shanghai, China, has put up an even larger single arch steel bridge. You see the West Virginia bridge quite often in magazines and on television shows.

There is a welcome center on the north side of the bridge just off U.S. 19, and it's well marked. Worth a stop, I'd say.

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