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The river is said to be the oldest river in America and the second oldest in the world. the first being the Nile, according to the history since the last ice age. It flows from North Carolina to Virginia, then west to West Virginia through the New River Gorge, a favorite white water paddling and rafting destination, joining the Canowa River and continuing through Charleston WV and a busy barge traffic area, and some miles of slower moving water and locks and lifts joining the Ohio River and paddling past Cincinnati OH and then on to the great Mississippi River where of course you would end up in New Orleans LA and the Gulf of Mexico.
It would take many weeks good provisions, a hardy pair to make a trip of that magnitude, I can say I did it, Ha Ha from the satellites of Google Earth, but really did paddle it in some areas close to my home in Pulaski VA to the New River Gorge, I treat it like some people treat walking the Appalachian Trail, where they buy a map and walk a section and highlight it on the map a little at a time. I'm real lucky, my work takes me all over the country, and I take my Kayaks every place I go. Most recently, the Susquehanna River at Wilkes Barre PA
I always tell every one: Never take a trip even for an hour with out taking food and water provisions along, always know where you are going and what you expect to find round the next bend in the river, take a cell phone and be able to contact emergency services if necessary. And always wear you life belt. Be aware you may encounter animals such as bears when traveling through the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains, protection from four and two legged types is advisable.
Thanks for reading my report and I hope you have a great time paddling.
I-77 NC to VA to WV to I-64 west and along I-81 North in VA
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