An Eastern Oddity
The riverís name and age are both unusual. No one knows the nameís origin: some say explorers found a river “new” to them---ironic because the New is very old. How old? Again, no one knows. Local legend claims only the Nile is older. Geologists know that the New is one of North Americaís oldest rivers, even older than the ancient Appalachian mountains through which it flows.
New Riverís shape and form present another oddity. The New has incised meanders, great bends that cut deeply into the earth—unusual in eastern North America where meandering rivers are normally broad and flat. Here, New River slices through ten million years of rock layers.
(Inscription beside the map on the right)
New River as it flows through New River Gorge National River. Notice the many bends and meanders, a trait unusual for a deep-canyon river in eastern North America.
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. The Deceptive Forest (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 133 times since then and 29 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.