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Raft through the New River Gorge.
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Raft through the New River Gorge.

The New River Gorge of West Virginia is an oft-overlooked Appalachian highlight that's both the longest and deepest river gorge in the entire range. Despite its name, the New River is actually among the oldest rivers on the continent. It drops more than 750 feet over the span of 50 miles, hosting top-notch whitewater rapids up to Class V along the way. Most rafters start at the Cunard put-in and finish at the Fayette Station take-out. You'll find adventure outfitters congregating near the National Park Service's Canyon Rim visitor center, which lies just north of the steel arch New River Gorge Bridge.

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