New River Gorge region of West Virginia

The rich natural resources of the New River/Greenbrier Valley have beckoned and rewarded explorers as far back as human memory reaches. These same rivers, forests, springs and mountains offer new treasures to a new generation of explorers

 Hawks Nest State Park
The New River, some 750 feet below

The name Hawk's Nest derived from the many fish hawks which inhabited the massive cliffs at this point. The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway was completed through the area on January 29, 1873, and a ceremony was held at Hawk's Nest Station. When the railroad began blasting in the area between 1869 and 1873, the hawks left the site. Today hawks soar majestically above the gorge.

New River Gorge Bridge


876 feet high - 3030 feet long

The bridge is the centerpiece of Fayette County’s “Bridge Day,” during which the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. This festival includes demonstrations of rappelling, ascending & BASE jumping, and is held every October on the third Saturday. Many locals say, with little exaggeration, that completion of the bridge cut the travel time from one side of the gorge to the other from 45 minutes to 45 seconds.

Glade Creek Grist Mill
Babcock State Park
Clifftop, WV


A living monument to the over 500 mills which thrived in West Virginia at the turn of the century, the Glade Creek Grist Mill provides freshly ground cornmeal and buckwheat flour, which is still done today. The mill is a journey back to the time when grinding grain by a rushing stream was a way of life, and the groaning mill wheel was music to the miller’s ear.

Whitewater Rafting on the New River
”Grand Canyon of the East”


The New River Gorge Bridge 876 feet high

A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.

Falls on Dunloup Creek near
Thurmond, WV

Dunloup Creek can be accessed by WV Secondary Rt. 25 from Glen Jean, WV. Several fishing sites are available on New River Gorge National River parklands along Rt. 25, between Harvey and Thurmond, WV.

Falls on Kaymoor Mine Trail
Cunard to Kaymoor Trail

This trail begins from trailheads at Kaymoor Top and on the Cunard Access Road. It follows an old road past the site of the Eleverton Mine, offering views of the gorge and river. The falls fill the air with cool fresh mist.

Stone Cliff Bridge near
Thurmond, WV

Remains of Stone Cliff's battery of coke ovens are visible as is the foundation of what was apparently a company store. The National Park Service's Stone Cliff camping and river-access areas are located opposite and just upstream of the former townsite. The Stone Cliff Bridge carries Thurmond-McKendree Road (CR-25) across the New River here.

Thurmond Depot
... the ground still shakes today in Thurmond, WV

During the first two decades of the 1900s, Thurmond was a classic boomtown. With the huge amounts of coal brought in from area mines, it had the largest revenue on the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Having many coal barons among its patrons, Thurmond’s banks were the richest in the state. Fifteen passenger trains a day came through town - its depot serving as many as 95,000 passengers a year. The town’s stores and saloons did a remarkable business, and its hotels and boarding houses were constantly overflowing.

West Virginia State Capitol
Dedicated June 20, 1932

Situated along the Kanawha River, the classical-styled State Capitol was designed by architect Cass Gilbert, who also designed the U.S. Treasury Building and the U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C. With an exterior of buff Indiana limestone, the State Capitol's 293-foot gold dome that tops the structure is five feet higher than the dome of the U.S. Capitol. The entire dome is gilded in 14 karat gold leaf applied to the copper and lead roof. It is presently the tallest building in West Virginia.

Charleston, WV Skyline

Nicknamed: "Home of Hospitality", " The most northern city of the South and the most southern city of the North".

Charleston is the capital of the U.S. state of West Virginia. It is located at the confluence of the Elk and Kanawha Rivers in Kanawha County

Woodburn Hall


WVU's Historic Centerpiece

At age 125, Woodburn Hall is an enduring reminder of
WVU's origins and growth.

Old Main

Old Main, Marshall University's administrative building, faces Hal Greer Boulevard and Fourth Avenue on the west side of campus.

The oldest building at Marshall University, Old Main is actually five buildings joined together in a series of additions constructed between the years 1868 and 1908. Its towers have become the symbol of the university to alumni.

Artwork of West Virginia

The Pride of West Virginia
Simon Bull

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"The Pride of West Virginia” was presented to Governor Manchin at the capitol building on May 28, 2008. Bull saw the West Virginia Capitol as he flew into Charleston on his way to Marietta, Ohio for an appearance at The Gallery and was inspired at the sight of the Capitol Dome.

Parkersburg Memories
Dave Barnhouse


This is a limited edition paper print A Lithographic Edition of 595 paper prints, with an image size of 171/2” x 30”

“I want memories for people who feel good about their hometown - wherever it might be. Maybe they remember going to the movies, eating in the diners or visiting all the shops. Whatever their memory is, I hope that the mood and the feel of their own hometown comes alive for them when they see my art." - Dave Barnhouse

The Travelers
Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
This painting shows various modes of travel around 1897.The sternwheeler "Kanawha" sank in 1916 at Lock 19 on the Ohio River. Sixteen people lost their lives.

Racing Riverboats
Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
This painting is a depiction of what the sternwheel races were like in the 1920's around Parkersburg, West Virginia.

The Queen City
Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
The Queen City was a luxurious summertime travel riverboat, complete with a grand piano and harp.

The Mississippi Queen
Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
A view of the Mississippi Queen traveling south on the Ohio River. The artist painted himself on the right of the canvas.

Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
The Liberty was the last regular packet boat on the Great Kanawha River that ended over a century of passenger steamboat service to and from Charleston, West Virginia. Available early August, 1999.

Grandpa's Little Helpers
Tom Stall

  copyright 1999, Thomas Stahl
This painting is a recreation of a scene viewed by the artist as he was driving along the Ohio River. The team of horses used were the same as his own father had used as a young boy to help plow the fields for his family.