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West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 3 of 9: New River Gorge Revisited

On our third day of vacation (May 11th) we were showered and dressed and had eaten breakfast by 6:30 am, at which time we left for another drive to the bottom of New River Gorge near Fayetteville WV. Yesterday morning, as we crossed over the New River Bridge en route Babcock State Park, there was fog rising up from the bottom of the gorge. I hoped conditions would be the same this morning because it would be quite impressive seeing the bridge rising out of the fog. Unfortunately, there wasn’t any fog this morning.

_LG14397_LG14398_LG14399-HDR 4x6Still, the view at the bottom was once again worth the trip!

We stopped at three small waterfalls, as we were climbing up the other side.

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Our next stop was at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. The views of the gorge and bridge are the main attraction at the visitor center.

_LG14418 4x6A short hiking trail descends into the gorge on a wooden boardwalk.

The boardwalk has two observation decks which offer unobstructed views of the longest steel arch span in the western hemisphere and the mile wide gorge it spans. We walked the trail to the bottom-most observation deck. We have made this hike several times over the years. The view took on new meaning for us, as we saw where we had been when we were at the bottom of the gorge.

_LG14415_LG14416_LG14417-HDR 4x6First Observation Deck View

_LG14420-_LG14421_LG14422-HDR 4x6View from Bottom Observation Deck

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See that bridge at the bottom of the gorge?
I stood on that bridge, when we drove to the bottom of the gorge!

_LG14428 4x6Bob and I on the bottom observation deck

It was not yet 8:30 am, when we walked back up the wooden boardwalk to the visitor center.  We discussed the possibility of checking out of our hotel a day early, as we had seen all we hoped to see during our stay in the Fayetteville, WV area.  We checked the weather report and saw that we would encounter rain en route Maggie Valley, NC (our final destination).  Travel on our scheduled departure day, though, looked rain free.  We decided to stay the night.  In my next vacation blog post, I will share what we did on he rest of our third day of vacation.

 

 

5 Responses to “West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 3 of 9: New River Gorge Revisited”

  1. DeniseinVA

    This looks like a great vacation Linda and such a beautiful area. Always enjoy the photos of you and Bob also. Great pictures!

    Reply
  2. seniorhiker

    We saw those same little waterfalls when we drove up from the bottom of the gorge. We didn’t have time to visit the observation decks at the Visitors Center. Perhaps we’ll get back there another time.

    Reply
  3. Andrea

    Those are spectacular views and shots Linda. How lovely it is to travel and see those locations, very green and serene.

    Reply

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