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Grandview Sunrise

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Grandview Sunrise - Grandview, West Virginia

Photo by Amanda Haddox
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   Grandview State Park, one of West Virginia's most popular day use parks near Sandstone, was adopted by the National Park Service in 1990. With the Grandview addition, the New River Gorge National River parkland was expanded to 70,000 acres. Flowing northward through a gorge with depths nearing 1400 feet, the New River is believed to be the oldest river in North America, and surprisingly called "New".
   The long, narrow park area, covered in a mixed mesophytic forest, includes a mix of oak, hickory, maple and hemlock trees. Old coal mines are interspersed along the mountainsides of the heavily wooded valley. While tackling many of the woodland trails, sightseers enjoy posing on the park's rock outcroppings. As you may imagine, old mines, unstable trails, startled wildlife and severe elevation changes pose a variety of inherent risks and hazards - Be Smart during your stay!
   Even though Grandview is now under management of the National Park Service, Grandview's popular overlooks and spectacular valley views remain, as well as its summertime theater traditions. The park's 40 year old Cliffside Amphitheater continues its production of outdoor musical dramas, ranging from the Jungle Book and the new Rocket Boys, to the vintage Honey in the Rock and Hatfields and McCoys.
   Just a few miles from I-64, this section of the park offers a variety of things to do, along with the fantastic views of the New River Gorge. While the Main Overlook is the focus of the park, hiking, picnicking and theater shows add to the park's popularity.

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