The river spills over four sets of ledges to create some Class II and III rapids. The river flows through the U.S. states of North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. But that doesn’t mean the New is all fast water. Downstream, beach your canoe on one of the many islands and fish the deep runs for walleye, white bass, and catfish. Near Radford, Virginia, the New River is dammed to form Claytor Lake (hydroelectricity), and near Hinton, West Virginia, the Bluestone Dam impounds a large flood-control reservoir. In fact, from 1990 through 2003, 45% of all muskie citations registered in the state were caught in the New River.

Distance: 3.5 miles. Distance: 2.5 miles. 94 at Riverside Park in the town of Fries. Some of the streams to check out include Big Walker and Wolf Creeks in Giles County, the Little River in Floyd and Montgomery Counties, and Reed Creek in Wythe County.

As the years of time pass away, evidence both tangible and intangible disappears leaving our curiosity unsatisfied. While accurately predicting the future might only be a reality in science-fiction movies, piecing together events from the past is equally difficult. This is a short but beautiful float. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. For personal use and not for further distribution. It flows north from the Ashe-Alleghany County line into Virginia and West Virginia, entering the Kanawha River at Charleston, W.Va. For those with a love of whitewater, you can put in above Foster Falls, a Class III-IV rapid, at one of the two new ramps constructed in New River Trail State Park, Foster Falls Village. Kanawha Falls, though unofficially, also represents a cultural barrier. Nuevo River (Puerto Rico) Rio Nuevo (Jamaica) Europe. Fiction- The New River is older than most rivers, but is it the second oldest in the world? Maneuver up to Claytor Dam to take advantage of some great smallmouth bass, spotted bass, and flathead catfish angling. False! Southern West Virginia historically had strong ties to the confederacy, despite West Virginia splitting from Virginia to join the Union.

A one-mile backwater from Fields Dam, an old woolen mill, immediately greets the boater after launching. Trout are caught occasionally near the mouth of Cripple Creek, a premier trout stream that enters the river here. Try casting into the numerous pockets for lively spotted bass action and near the grass beds for rock bass. In 1976, 26 miles of the South Fork New River was declared a National Scenic River by the federal government, and the following year the state of North Carolina established the New River State Park in an effort to protect the river’s natural beauty and resources. Distance: 10 miles. The Foster Falls area contains numerous rock gardens and sharp ledges – home to big smallmouth and spotted bass. 10 oz.
The released muskie probably never knew they lost a meal! Fries to Byllesby Reservoir Map A few miles northwest of Fayetteville the New River merges with the Gauley River, forming the Kanawha River. Take out off Route 623, on the right side above the bridge. ), smallmouth bass (8 lbs. After leaving NC, the river flows northwesterly through Virginia and becomes the Kanawha River at the confluence of the Gauley River near Charleston, WV.

The New River is wider and has more volume than the Gauley River--the two rivers meet and form the Kanawha River.
P.O. According to Department records (dating back to 1963), this was the biggest largemouth bass ever caught from the New River. A Class II rapid awaits approximately one mile form the put in, followed by several more ledges that produce great canoeing fun. Plan to paddle back to Fowler’s Ferry or prepare for a long left bank portage around Buck Dam. It is also a popular tubing spot for students from VA Tech and Radford University, so expect a lot of activity in the river during the warm months. Fact- The New River has been linked with numerous different names during our brief history in juxtaposition, with itself. Riverside to OldtownMap The Palisade Cliffs are a historic landmark, and is the area where Mary Draper Ingles was found at the end of her long struggle back from Ohio after being captured by Indians in the 1700’s. The transition between river and ocean, bay or lake is known as a delta.Most rivers have a delta, an area where the river divides into many channels and river water mixes with sea or lake water as the river water reaches the end of its journey. We question what the future will look like and how we can shape it. One of the last points of the many that he makes, states that, on average, major rivers in the United States erode one foot every six thousand years. Early explorers and even today's rafters cannot navigate this obstacle. Fiction- Thanks to University of West Virginia professor Dr. Steve Kite, a Fluvial Geomorphologist, we have some possible answers why the rivers are separated by name. The Little River meets the New River right before Claytor Dam. Comments are not published until reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NC, and the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is considered inappropriate for this resource.