Capito Announces Bill Designating New River Gorge a National Park

Legislation would help encourage tourism, boost economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today introduced legislation that would change the New River Gorge’s designation from the “New River Gorge National River” to the “New River Gorge National Park.” The designation currently includes more than 70,000 acres of land along 53 miles of the New River, stretching from the 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,” Senator Capito said. “Whether it’s cheering on the BASE jumpers at Bridge Day, experiencing the thrill of 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.” 

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