Sen. Capito Requests New Designation for the New River Gorge

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WVNS) - A bill was introduced to the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 to change the designation of the New River Gorge.  U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) presented the legislation.

If passed, the New River Gorge National River would become New River Gorge National Park.  It includes more than 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River.  The area extends from Bluestone Dam to Hawk's Nest Lake. 

"The New River Gorge is a special part of West Virginia and a real source of pride for our state," said Senator Capito. "Whether it's cheering on the BASE jumpers at Bridge Day, experiencing the thrill of the world-class white water rafting, or taking in the beautiful panoramic views, the New River Gorge provides unlimited opportunities for thousands of visitors each year.  Redesignating the National River to a National Park will shine a light on the New River Gorge and its many offerings to help drive tourism and spur the local and regional economy."

By:  Douglas Fritz
Source: WVNS