New River Gorge Scenic Drives Historical

New River Gorge Scenic Drives Historical (HM1VYK)

Location: Lansing, WV 25862 Fayette County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 4.202', W 81° 4.564'

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New River Gorge National River

You may find it hard to believe that the New River Gorge was once teeming with activity. Coal mining dominated the economy and social structure of the state of West Virginia between 1875 and 1950. During this time over forty coal mining towns were established, grew and ultimately decline in the gorge. As you travel through the park, you will see remnants of this coal mining and railroad heritage in historic railroad depots, bridges, building foundations, and towns. Today, the natural environment of New River Gorge National River is recovering and slowly overgrowing the remains of the mining companies, homes, and towns that once lined the gorge.

The New River Gorge Loop Tour Map, reproduced here, is found in the Scenic Drives brochure, which is available at park visitor centers. As you travel the highways and side roads, you will get a glimpse of the rich coal heritage of the park and region.

(Inscription below the map on the lower left) Fayette Station Road-Small exhibits, located at pull-offs along Fayette Station Road, interpret the history of the immediate area, including coal mining, the railroads, and the twin towns of Fayette and South Fayette, which today are known as Fayette Station.
If you drive the Fayette Station Road Auto Tour, allow at least one hour if you plan to stop at all of the exhibits along the

What is the Coal Heritage Trail? It is a 146-mile long journey through southern West Virginia coalfields, between Bluefield and Fayetteville. The route takes motorists past many physical remnants of the coal boom that furthered the industrialization of America. The corridor was designated a National Scenic Byway in 1998, one of the many routes across America that showcase this land.
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Placed ByNational Park Service US Department of Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 27th, 2016 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 493327 N 4213588
Decimal Degrees38.07003333, -81.07606667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 4.202', W 81° 4.564'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 4' 12.12" N, 81° 4' 33.84" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)304
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 162 Visitor Center Rd, Lansing WV 25862, US
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