Chasing Waterfalls in the New River Gorge
Hiking through the New River Gorge will not only offer you a great history lesson, but also some breathtaking natural landscapes. When folks come exploring, one of the most frequently asked questions we hear is “Where can we find some waterfalls?” And four ideas always come to mind.
The granddaddy of all waterfalls in the Gorge can be found at Sandstone Falls. This beauty spans an impressive 1500 feet across and has a great boardwalk for exploring. In winter, the falls are still a sight to see, with ice formations and various birds of prey frequenting the area.
On the west side of the river, lies Berry Hollow and the Big Branch Trail, with its own tale to tell. There a steep hike leads to several waterfalls and parking for this hike is shared with the overlook for Brooks Falls. This entire area is known to locals for lots of Native American legends.
If you’re travelling closer to the Fayetteville area, the Glade Creek Area Trail is a must. The trail offers views of some great cascades and small waterfalls, where in season you’re bound to catch a kayaker or two playing in the holes.
Have you made the trip to see these natural wonders? Know of others on public lands ready to be explored? The good thing about these attractions is they are open year-round for your enjoyment.
*While these falls are just as beautiful in winter/spring when they run deep, you should use caution on slippery trails and overlooks.