The Deceptive Forest
New River Gorge
From here the solid forest cover from riverbottom to ridgetop all looks pretty much the same, but, a close look reveals great differences. The forest varies with slope, moisture, and soil type.
You are invited to hike into New River Gorge. Explore its varied environments and watch nature’s recovery at work. Ask at the visitor center for hiking information.
(Inscription above the image on the right)
Until 1873 the slopes of New River Gorge were virtually untouched. Railroads and coal changed that. By 1900 towns lined the gorge with many forest areas cleared for fuel, lumber, and building space. Then, coal profits dwindled, people left, the towns died. Now, forest is reclaiming abandoned town and mine sites in a surprisingly rapid process.
(Inscription below the image on the left)
Scene near New River, circa 1915. Many areas were cleared for towns, mines, and industry. Forest reclaims those areas today.
Erected by National Park Service US Department of Interior.
Location. 38° 4.197′ N, 81° 4.561′ W. Marker is in Lansing, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is on Visitor Center
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. New River (here, next to this marker); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (a few steps from this marker); New River Gorge Scenic Drives (a few steps from this marker); Trail to Bridge Overlook (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); New River Gorge National River (within shouting distance of this marker); Townsend's Ferry (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fayetteville Town Park (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lansing.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 26, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.