The long awaited new hiking guide to the New River Gorge area is finally here. Bryan Simon has put together an excellent resource for visitors to this beautiful part of West Virginia. The New River Gorge National River and surrounding state parks encompass more than 80,000 acres of beautiful Appalachian forest and river habitat. This area is an outdoor lovers paradise. The New River Gorge offers a wonderful combination of natural beauty, areas of historical and cultural significance, and a healthy dose of adventure sports. Few places in the United States offer such a mix.