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    New River Gorge

    National River West Virginia

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    Portions of the Rend Trail, formerly known as the Thurmond Minden Trail, will be closed effective immediately due to safety concerns. More »

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    The WV Department of Highways and the Federal Highways Administration is replacing the Thomas Buford Pugh Memorial Bridge on Route 41 in the town of Prince. Construction will require temporary full river traffic closures and long term river detours. More »

Whitehouse Ornaments

America’s national parks are the focus of this year’s elaborate White House holiday decorations.

The artist for our parks' ornaments is Steve Cassle of Dunbar, West Virginia. He painted three official White House ornaments for the Christmas tree used in the Blue Room, one each for Bluestone National Scenic River, Gauley National Recreation Area, and New River Gorge National River. Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia generously provided Mr. Dunbar with an artist's stipend to support the National Park Service's contributions representing the three national park lands of southern West Virginia.

All of the ornaments can be viewed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/slideshow/ornamentslides.html.

Christmas Ornament for Bluestone National Scenic River
Whitehouse Christmas ornament for Bluestone National Scenic River.
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Christmas Ornament for Gauley River NRA
Whitehouse Christmas ornament for Gauley River National Recreation Area.
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Christmas Ornament for New River Gorge NR
Whitehouse Christmas ornament for New River Gorge National River
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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.