A gorge-ous hiking challenge on the New River

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Just the other day I was talking about what a stunning state West Virginia is. So, when this came across my desk, I had to post about it:

To celebrate the National Park Service centennial in 2016, the New River Gorge is throwing down the gauntlet to those with feet itchin’ to hike. To complete its challenge, visitors must hoof-it on 100 miles of trails within the 70,000-acre park between January 1 and December 1.

The official kick-off is on January 2 when visitors can hike 3.2 miles with a ranger on the Grandview Trail. Why’s it called that? Because of the insanely beautiful panoramas open to amblers, of the gorge and the whitewater of the New River 1,400 feet below.


Park visitors can register for the challenge online by sending their names and email addresses to NewRiverGorge100MileChallenge@nps.gov. Visit their 100-Mile-Challenge page for more information.

(P.S. As if the experience isn’t enough to go on, there are prizes!)

Buy the book! Prophets and Moguls, Rangers and Rogues, Bison and Bears: 100 Years of the National Park Service.

Photo courtesy of Gary Hartley, NPS.