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New River Gorge Canoe Landing

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New River Gorge Canoe Landing

The New River Gorge is in the heart ofWest Virginia. New River Gorge is also home to some of the country's best whitewater rafting. The focus of this rafting is in the New River Gorge from the Cunard put-in to the Fayette Station take-out. The river levels for the New River Gorge and most other major whitewater rivers in the United States can be checked at American Whitewater.

Interesting enough at this landing the water is relatively calm on this fall day as you can tell by the photograph. Look upstream though not so much class 2 and 3 rapids grace the outskirts of the landing. The New river area truly could be the model for the land before time. The area is home to over 63 different endangered and rare mammals and 48 different rare and endangered amphibians, and 54 varieties of rare plants. One of the reasons the animals continue to thrive here is because the terrain is so rugged that man has a difficult time developing the land here. Fall is absolutely the best time for scenic pics.

Fossils in this area are not difficult to find and it is said that the area contains the best smokeless coal in the world. This coal was the coal that used to fuel the iron furnaces, trains, fleets and industry. It took years for me to learn that not all coal is the same. Functionally it is but the quality and smokeless varieties vary from area to area.

The area continues to grow due to erosion from the river as it does the gorge gets deeper and exposes more of its secrets. It is an amazing place to spend time, explore, and get back in touch with what was the wild frontier in America.

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