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Renovated Canyon Rim Visitor Center Shows Off New River Gorge

Mannequin climber scales a fake mountain.
The visitor center highlights climbing, scenic kayaking, white water rafting, mountain biking, as well as other significant geological and cultural facts about the park.
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The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve Canyon Rim visitor center recently got a facelift and hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday. 

The $1.7 million renovation includes an upgraded theater, new exhibits, and info on what to do and where to go in the park and adjacent national scenic river ways. 

New River Gorge Park Ranger Dave Bieri said the park service wanted to have an orientation center for visitors. 

“We tried to just kind of hit some of the highlights of the things that make this place special,” Bieri said.  “There’s these explore panels throughout the exhibit that direct you to different places in the park.”

Biere said the ribbon cutting marks the end of the five-year project, but that more improvement projects for the park are on the horizon.