New River Gorge Bridge, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia, USA
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Info. New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia, USA
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, in West Virginia, is America’s newest national park. This amazing view in our photo is of the New River Gorge Bridge, which, when completed in 1977, was the world’s highest bridge carrying a regular roadway. It held that distinction for 24 years and is now a popular attraction for BASE jumpers and abseilers. Far below the bridge is the New River. Despite its name, it is the second oldest river in the world. Its exact age is unknown, but geologists believe the New River is a segment of the preglacial Teays River, which fossil evidence suggests could be 320 million years old.