GRANDVIEW, WV (LOOTPRESS) – Sometimes referred to as the Grand Canyon of the east, the New River Gorge is known for its stunning views. Although the entire Gorge is full of beauty, there is one area that may provide the grandest view of all.
Located atop the rim of the New River Gorge in Raleigh County sits Grandview Park, once a state park, now a part of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. The park is home to multiple recreational activities and some of the best views in the country.
Grandview, rightfully named, features two overlooks, the Main Overlook and Turkey Spur Overlook. Both feature a “grand” view of the New River Gorge. From the Main Overlook 1,400 feet above the river, one can witness the horseshoe bend in the New River as it curves all the way around the mountain.
The sound of the rushing New River, the crisp breeze, and humming trains will make you want to never leave the place.
After taking in the sights of the horseshoe bend, the Turkey Spur Overlook, located up the road a short way should be on the list of your next stop.
The overlook provides a unique view of the Gorge and its beautifully carved hills and valleys. One can also see the old Gorge towns of Prince and Quinnimont which were once booming when coal and rail were kings. Very few people reside there today.
It doesn’t matter when one visits the park as Grandview provides the grandest view in all four seasons. To reach Grandview from Beckley follow I-64 East five miles to Exit 129 B. From Lewisburg follow I-64 West forty miles to Exit 129. From either exit, turn right and follow Route 9 North six miles to Grandview.
The Grandview area is open year-round. Grandview Visitor Center normally opens in June through August and is closed in fall, winter, and spring.