Cross the world’s fifth-highest bridge this morning on your way to explore the the New River Gorge. Your first stop will be at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center for maps and information, then drive down into the gorge for great views of the bridge, coming up into Fayetteville on the other side. Here you can arrange outdoors activities for today, such as biking, hiking, rock climbing or white water rafting excursions, the best in the Eastern United States (reservations recommended).
Continue to Ansted and Hawks Nest State Park, where you can enjoy scenic views from high above the river. If white water sounds a bit too much, you can still join an exciting New RIver Jet Boat Tour from here. Also, an aerial tram can take you to and from the water front, worth remembering if you want to make the 2.5 mile hike into the gorge.
Continue on the Midland Trail National Scenic Byway for the afternoon drive to Lewisburg, voted America’s Coolest Small Town of 2011 by Frommer’s Budget Travel. The Greenbrier County Visitor Center on Washington Street in the Historic District offers an especially well-done self-guided Walking Tour of Historic Lewisburg.
Day 9 Lewisburg, WV –