We drove through the mountains of West Virginia. It was a different place. People look different, they act different, they speak different. They say things “god bless your heart” and “have a blessed day” to complete strangers. It may be different but it was also beautiful. The Appalachian Mountains, while scattered with overall wearers is also a beautiful place. The scenery is green trees lining the mountaintop. There are rolling green hills as far as the eye can see.

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We took a stop in Fayetteville, West Virginia for a short hike to see the New River Gorge Bridge. I wasn’t sure what to expect by this stop. This was just a stop on the way back home from Myrtle Beach. Why not take a rest stop in a scenic location?

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I was pleasant surprised by this stop. The view was beautiful. It was a hazy day but that simply added to the ethereal beauty of the gorge at the crook of the mountains. We took a walk down the long pathway to get a good view of the gorge and the bridge. The river seemed to be just a small trickling stream in the distance.

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The New River George Bridge is the 4th longest steel single-span arch bridge in the world. It was magnificent. The bridge was such a strong piece among the scenic mountainscape. From where we started near the top of the mountain, the bridge was barely visible. It was hidden by the thick foliage. As we hiked down the path, the bridge came into focus. A hike in the Appalachian Mountains was a great way to start our morning drive.

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