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New River Gorge trail wins USA Today contest

Register-Herald photo courtesy of Gary Hartley Diamond Point overlook off the Endless Wall Trail offers sweeping views of the Endless Wall rock formation and the New River.
Register-Herald photo courtesy of Gary Hartley
Diamond Point overlook off the Endless Wall Trail offers sweeping views of the Endless Wall rock formation and the New River.

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The Endless Wall Trail in New River Gorge National River recreation area has been named the Best National Park Hike in USA Today’s Best Readers’ Choice contest.

It was a close race between the top two nominees, as Endless Wall Trail and runner-up Cadillac Mountain in Maine’s Acadia National Park, edged each other out for the top slot over the last month, but Endless Wall Trail held on for the title.

 The trail derives its name from the Endless Wall rock formation, a popular rock climbing area. The 2.4-mile moderate hike winds through forest and along the canyon rim, offering numerous vistas along the way. Hikers often can hear the voices of whitewater rafters in the New River nearly 1,000 feet below…

 

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