Trying to find your way around the park? Our new smartphone app can help. This I-Treks app highlights several points of interest throughout the park. Learn about trails, park visitor centers, historic sites, and popular viewing areas of the New River Gorge National River. Each description includes primary features of the site, driving instructions, and detailed information and maps of hiking trails near each point of interest. Download the app at: http://www.i-treks.com/app/rts/2
Fayette Station Audio Tour Download an audio tour for the Fayette Station Road Scenic Drive to listen to as you drive down the one way road to the bottom of the gorge and back up the other side.
The last peregrine falcon from the 2011 hack was released on December 2 at North Overlook at Grandview by Wendy and Ron Perrone from Three Rivers Avian Center. Pink over Purple, as this falcon is known, was originally released at the Grandview hack site on June 23, 2011. Her last visit to the feeding station was on July 14. She was found about 30 miles away in Monroe County, WV on July 26, too weak to fly and dangerously under weight. She was treated for a bad case of asprigillosis, a fungal infection of the lungs. After a successful recovery, she was ready to be released into the wild.
Here we are at Brooks Overlook looking down at the New River and the Upper Gorge. The bald eagles prefer this stretch of the river because the gorge is wider, the river is calmer, and there are better opportunities for catching a meal than in the more rugged Lower Gorge.
We’ll take a closer look at the northern tip of Brooks Island where we can see the eagles’ nest in the large, white sycamore tree near the end of the island.
When this video was shot, there were three bald eagle chicks on the nest. At this early stage of their life one parent will always remain on the nest with them. The second adult has just landed with some food. You can see their white heads moving around above the nest as they feed the young eaglets.
This is a juvenile male Allegheny Wood Rat. He has an ear tag; recaptured from the previous day. A fairly docile animal; if you don’t provoke them too much they won’t bite. You can see the ear tag in this ear right here; left ear; number one, number 649. A few flees. He’s like I said, a juvenile. We determine age class primarily by color and weight. However you can look at reproductive status as well and know whether it’s a juvenile. A very interesting animal. Fairly rare in the state and extinct in several portions of its range; New York and portions of Pennsylvania they’ve already lost populations; New Jersey; Indiana. A very unique animal. It differs from Norway rats by very long whiskers, long but blunt nose, hairy tail, and behavior. A Norway rat is a fairly aggressive animal – if it’s handled it will bite, whereas this animal is fairly docile, as I said before unless it’s greatly provoked it will not bite.
There is no narrative for this video. In the beginning the sound of water can be heard flowing down Glade Creek to the New River. Throughout the rest of the video there is only the occasional call of birds that interupt the silence.
There is no narration in this video. In the beginning of the video, water can be heard flowing down a small tributary stream that flows into the New River. Throughout the video birds are occasionally heard in the background and at one point the sound of a train rolling down the railroad tracks alongside the river can be heard.
Video Links: For a more in depth view of the park, check out these excellent videos produced by WV Public Broadcasting System.
Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley, and New
A new 90-minute documentary from West Virginia Public Broadcasting explores the economic, environmental, cultural, historical and geographic impact of the largest federally protected system of rivers east of the Mississippi. Three Rivers: The Bluestone, Gauley and New examines the ongoing relationship between mankind and nature in this region.
Upheaval: The New River Gorge Story This two part series was produced by WV PBS and aired on Outlook in 2010.
"Upheaval: The Story of the New River Gorge" explores the history and controversy of a region formed over millions of years as the ancient New River -- now federally protected as a national river -- carved its way through the Appalachian Mountains, following a violent collision of continental plates. West Virginia Public Broadcast produced "Upheaval" in partnership with the National Park Service. The natural resources of the New River Gorge fueled the Industrial Revolution and spawned the legend of steel driver John Henry.
Click here to view a video about Wildflower Weekend 2009, produced by WV Public Broadcasting. This was originally broadcast on WV PBS Outlook in June 2009.
Did You Know?
Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular recreational activities at New River Gorge National River. The rapids range from Class III to Class V. There are a number of commercial outfitters that offer trips to the public.