New River Gorge Bridge in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, West Virginia, USA
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A river runs through it
This incredible view is of the New River Gorge Bridge in the US state of West Virginia, which, when completed in 1977, was the world’s highest bridge carrying a regular roadway. It held that distinction for 24 years and, at 876ft (267m) above the water, is now a popular attraction for BASE jumpers and abseilers.
Far below the bridge is the New River, which, despite its name, is said to be 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. Today, rafters and kayakers come to ride the New River rapids, which have a reputation for being among the most difficult waters to navigate.