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New River Gorge--Waterfalls and Rapids

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NewRiverBridge

New River Gorge

 

WaterCrestFall

Watercress Falls

MossyStepsFall

Mossy Steps Falls

 

ValleyWallFall

Falls on the Valley Wall

 

WolfCreekRapids

Wolf Creek Rapids

WolfCreek

Wolf Creek Rapids at Bridge

Millions of years ago the New River, known to geologists as the Ancient River Teays, flowed across the Appalachian plateau. A hundred million years ago the New River ran north into Ohio, across central Indiana and Illinois to join with the Mississippi, when it occupied the modern Illinois River.

Geologists call it the Ancient River Teays and some claim it ran clear to the Gulf of Mexico, and if you understand that the Mississippi was really a river of much lesser importance at the time, it did. The Teays was the master river of the eastern half of the continent.

The New River rises in North Carolina, flows through West Virginia to its confluence with the Gauley River. Together they form the Kanawha, which meets the Ohio at Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Ice sheets pushed down through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois and obliterated the River Teays.

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