My husband was born and raised here in West Virginia but he went away when he joined the military. He spent most of his 20 years of service overseas so he never really got the chance to see much of his home state. When we came back here in the US and settled down for good after he retired from the Navy, I wanted to explore the beautiful mountain state.
The New River Gorge is one of the many attractions here in WV but we have never been there because it is a 4 hour drive from our city. In fact my husband have never seen it even though he was born here. But as a treat to our daughter's 12th birthday, we finally went and see it last Sunday. I can tell my husband was dreading the long hours of drive but he was glad we did it when he saw how beautiful it was down state. It was worth it.
To be able to see the New River Gorge Bridge, we went to Hawks Nest State Park. They offer jet boats ride tour in the river. We rode a tram going down and there was a one hour wait before the next jet boat ride so we had the chance to explore the place. Nature has always been my favorite spot of relaxation so it was a treat for me. There was so many butterflies in that place.
I love the set up of the state park. If you want the jet boat tour, you have to ride the tram also so it was kind of a package. However, you can go down and see the river without riding the tram, you can walk down the Lovers Leap trail which I wanted to do but we had limited time so we didn't get to do that.
We had a great time riding the jet boat as the captain was very funny. He was an older witty man who told us a lot of jokes
The captain took us upstream to see the famous New River Gorge bridge. The ride is 6 miles long and it takes approximately 25-30 minutes.
According to the captain of the boat, the New River Gorge bridge was completed in 1977. It is the longest single span steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. Spanning the picturesque New River at 876 feet high. The bridge is a spectacular site and has become a nationally recognized icon for Southern West Virginia.Locals just calls it "The Bridge" according to the captain. We couldn't advanced the boat due to the rough water flowing through. This is the place where they do white water rafting. We passed by a lot of folks that does that. I want to do white water rafting, maybe when the kids are old enough to do that, we will come back there and do it.
Folks downstate are so friendly. They make every visitor feel so welcome. The old lady that was receiving the tickets before the jet boat ride was originally from England. My husband talked to her and we just love hearing her talk because of her English accent.
If you want to connect with nature and have an invigorating experience of natural beauty, West Virginia has it. Take a deep breath and head downstate, you'll find national and state parks that offers some of the most breath taking natural settings in the world.
Southern West Virginia is blessed with ten spectacular state parks that offers breath taking scenery. There's a lot of historical sites, fabulous golf, hunting and fishing, resort style lodges, and wonderful camping sites.
My husband wants to return there where we can stay for a couple of days and fully explore the place. I told him we can go back and celebrate our wedding anniversary there, that would be romantic. There's nothing like bonding with nature. At least for me because I love outdoors. There's more pics to come in the next post or two so tune in.Here's some clips of the tour.