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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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Plants

forest and cliffs on the edge of the gorge

The rimrock pine community is one example of the diverse ecosystem found in the park

New River Gorge National River lies at the core of the largest remaining block of relatively unfragmented, mid-latitude forest in the world.

The gorge section of NRGNR supports the most diverse plant assemblage of any river gorge in the central and southern Appalachians. This is due, in part, to the moisture gradient extremes that exist between the rim and river.

The park provides critical habitat for abundant and diverse breeding populations of migratory birds (including the Cerulean warbler, a species in decline elsewhere in its range)

Also located in the park is the rare Appalachian Flatrock plant community which includes sedges, cedars and pines. This plant assemblage occurs on flat sandstone ledges along the New River and is dependent on the scouring caused by occasional flooding for its long-term integrity.

Check out the Wildflowers Photo Gallery for photos of some of the more common flowers found at New River Gorge.

To view a video of some of the more common wildflowers of New River Gorge, please visit the multimedia page.

Download the Trees, Shrubs, and Vines Checklist.

Download the Plants of Sandstone Visitor Center Checklist.

Download the Plants of Canyon Rim Visitor Center Checklist.

Download the Spring and Early Summer Wildflowers Checklist

 
 

Did You Know?

BASE Jumper at New River Gorge

One day each year, hundreds of BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, and Earth) jumpers come to New River Gorge to parachute from the New River Gorge Bridge.