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PostFri Jan 22, 2021 2:34 pm 
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Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park, America's 63rd and newest National Park, is centered around one of the world's oldest rivers.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2021/01/22/new-river-gorge-national-park/

Here are some shots of mine from two trips I've made to the region, when it had National River status:


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PostFri Jan 22, 2021 9:48 pm 
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GaliWalker wrote:
Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National Park, America's 63rd and newest National Park

I had read about this new national park a few days ago.  Years ago when I was hiking, rafting, and canoeing in the Appalachians, I had heard of this river.  'Never got to go.  Thanks for bringing it to us.  Nice to know that you'll be visiting and photographing this beautiful country.  ~z
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PostFri Jan 22, 2021 10:13 pm 
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GaliWalker wrote:
New River Gorge National Park, America's 63rd and newest National Park, is centered around one of the world's oldest rivers.

If it's one of the oldest why is its name New?  dizzy.gif
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PostSat Jan 23, 2021 6:10 am 
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You know, that didnít even occur to me.  doh.gif

By the way, the 7th photo in my initial post is of the New River Gorge Bridge, which is the longest steel span bridge in the Western Hemisphere, and Americaís 3rd highest (876ft).

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PostSat Jan 23, 2021 7:31 am 
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Ridin' on that New River train
Ridin' on that New River train
Same ol' train that brought me here
Gonna take me back again.

Expect certain accoutrements to follow, some by federal regulation.
Chiefly, a lot more visitors.
Campgrounds and RV parks to accommodate same (possibly outside park boundaries; depends on NPS rules).
Information kiosks, entrance fees. More "Stay Off" and "Don't" signage.
Gradual domestication and homogenization.

I live an hour from Indiana Dunes National Park (61st NP, Feb 15, 2019) and certainly wish it had escaped that fate.
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I was traveling through there a few years ago, and discovered an interesting feature I had not been aware of: on the east side of the river south of the US-19 bridge, there is a network of impressive ladders installed in the cliffs, to provide climbing access. For the non-climber, the ladders provide a really interesting way to experience the cliffs. From the "Endless Wall" trail, look for a side trail marked "climbing access", which leads to the first ladder. From there you can climb down, make your way along the base of the cliffs, and you'll find more ladders farther along.

I'm not really in favor of ladder installations of this kind, but as long as they're there, might as well take advantage! And it may be that the ladders were environmentally a better alternative to erosion-prone paths down steep slopes, which would have inevitably developed otherwise.

Great photos, as always!
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PostSat Jan 23, 2021 11:09 am 
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Songs2 wrote:
Expect certain accoutrements to follow, some by federal regulation.
Chiefly, a lot more visitors.

I hear you, and am fully expecting that. This probably applies to me too: I only zipped through the area on my two trips there; my last trip was 6yrs ago. Now that it's a National Park, I know that I'm definitely going to make many more trips, starting this year. It's a really pretty area, and there's lots to see.

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PostSat Jan 23, 2021 4:34 pm 
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Here is the boundary of this new national park.
https://mappingsupport.com/p2/gissurfer.php?center=37.858334,-81.044704&zoom=12&basemap=ESRI_scanned_topo_USA&overlay=nps_boundary&inline=overlay^name=nps_boundary^url=https://services1.arcgis.com/fBc8EJBxQRMcHlei/ArcGIS/rest/services/NPS_Land_Resources_Division_Boundary_and_Tract_Data_Service/FeatureServer/2^layers=2

I am in the process of creating one GISsurfer map for each national park.  Goal is to get done by end of March or so.
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PostSat Jan 23, 2021 7:34 pm 
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Thanks! I was trying to find a good map showing the boundaries of the new park. Yours is great, and much appreciated!

Based on the map, looks like my 3rd and 5th photos are just outside the park boundary.

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