Tuesday, June 28, 2016

National Park areas minimally damaged by floods

At Masons Branch, Gauley River
National park areas in southern West Virginia survived recent floods with minimal impact, though several areas will be closed until further notice, according to Trish Kicklighter, superintendent of the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

Roadways closed in the park areas include Keeney's Creek Road from one mile below Winona to Nuttallburg and the lower beach access road near Sandstone Falls. Campsites closed in the park include walk-in campsites at Grandview Sandbar and Glade Creek. The drive-in sites at both campgrounds remain open. River-access sites closed in the parklands include points along the road along New River at Hellems Branch and Woods Ferry and the Mason Branch on Gauley River.

New River Gorge fireworks to draw crowd

Fireworks over New River Gorge
More than 1,500 guests are expected to indulge in fun and fireworks this year during the annual July 3 Family Carnival on Sunday at Adventures on the Gorge. Many more are sure to gather along country roads near the resort to witness what's become one of the region's hallmark displays.

Beginning at 4 p.m., the family fest features plenty of activities for children, including games and contests with prizes and access to the resort's pool near the rim of the gorge. Admission is free, though food and access to programs may not always be, according to P.J. Stevenson, marketing director for the resort.
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Guided hikes offered at new Brookside center

New River at Brookside
The new guided hiking program at the Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center is providing hikers a gentle venue for hiking near Hinton, WV, in June and July. The hour-long hikes guided by National Park Service rangers take advantage of the center's easy access from WV-20 and the more moderately graded bottomland terrain along the New River there.

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