Not many national parks can say they offer a stroll along the belly of an 800-foot tall bridge as one of their main attractions, but New River Gorge National Park in West Virginia can. Whether you’re testing your wits with a clipped-in adventure on the catwalk of the New River Gorge Bridge or paddling the raging rapids of the New River below, you’re sure to have the adventure of a lifetime in New River Gorge National Park.
You may already know US national parks have a pretty rich history. But like a lot of history, it’s not all sunshine and roses. Some national parks were not welcomed with open arms, a few barely made the cut at all, and many vulnerable communities were affected in the process. Nonetheless, 63 national parks exist today. The disagreements and hardships that occurred over America’s lush terrain were certainly not pretty but a complicated topic we must explore.