Hot Spot

Endless Wall – New River Gorge National River | 2021

Glen Jean, WV

Contrary to its name, the New River is one of the oldest rivers in North America.  The New River Gorge National River encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along 53 river-miles in West Virginia. While the New River is known for its world-class whitewater, there are many recreational opportunities drawing in all kinds of visitors seeking opportunities to hike, bike, and fish, among many other activities.  New River Gorge National River as a whole is a Leave No Trace Gold Standard Site, but concentrated use at the Endless Wall feature has continued to cause impacts and degradation.  A notable spike in use came after USA Today designated the Endless Wall as the best National Park hike in 2015.  Through targeted education, outreach, and future planning, the Hot Spot program will help the park staff address these localized issues.

*The Endless Wall is located on the ancestral lands of the Moneton and possibly other tribes*

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