There’s something for everyone in the New River Gorge area of West Virginia, whether you bask in the scenery, raft the white waters, or just want a taste of history.
The New River itself is a piece of history, as it is perhaps the second oldest river in the world. It’s spanned at one point by the largest single-span steel-arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. If you’re there in the fall for Bridge Day, you can join about 200,000 other visitors who watch adventurers rappel and BASE jump off the 876-foot bridge. Several outfitters provide white-water rafting adventures along this ancient river.
For a tamer adventure, head to nearby Glade Creek Grist Mill. Located inside Babcock State Park, the mill still grinds by water power. Visitors can hear the groan of the mill wheel and taste freshly ground corn and buckwheat flours.