From Coal Mining to Rock Climbing
New River Gorge National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
The same geological process that produced the region's coal seams also resulted in a layer of sandstone perfect for rock climbing This layer, called Nuttall Sandstone, has its origins in the ancient formation of the Appalachian Mountains. As these mountains eroded, a high percentage of quartz sandstone was left within the Nuttall layer. These hard and, in climber's terms, 'reliable,' sandstone cliffs measure 80-150 feet high and provide some of the finest rock climbing in the United States. Over 2,000 named climbing routes exist in the park, with even more in neighboring areas outside it.
Tourism and outdoor recreation have replaced mining and logging as major industries in the gorge. While the outdoor recreation industry can be sustainable and environmentally friendly, it has its own impacts. Proper management and Leave No Trace ethics help protect the land from overuse and minimize those impacts.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce
Location. 38° 4.25′ N, 81° 4.783′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Fayette Station Road (County Road 82), on the right when traveling east. The marker is along the Fayette Station Road Audio Tour. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fayetteville WV 25840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spanning the Gorge (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bridge (about 500 feet away); Growth of an Era (about 600 feet away); New River Gorge Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); New River Gorge Scenic Drives (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to New River Gorge National River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Deceptive Forest (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
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