New River (West Virginia,
Virginia, and North Carolina)
The New River, a tributary of the Kanawha
River, is approximately 320 miles long, flowing through the states of
North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.
What do you know about the New River? Explore
the Quick US Geography Rivers and Streams Quiz. "Check Your Answers" at the end of
The New River is formed by the confluence of the South Fork New River
and the North Fork New River in Ashe County, North Carolina. What is the
elevation at the confluence?
- 2,546 feet
- 2,646 feet
- 2,746 feet
2. Much of the river's course through West
Virginia is designated as the New River Gorge National River. The New
River is one of the American Heritage Rivers of the United States.
3. South Fork New River stretches from its
headwaters at a spring near Blowing Rock and the Eastern Continental
Divide and meanders northward along the northwestern face of the Blue
Ridge Mountains through the eastern and central portions of Watauga
County and then Ashe County in northwestern North Carolina, passing
through the town of Boone. What is the elevation?
- 3,543 feet
- 3,643 feet
- 3,743 feet
4. The North Fork New River begins at Elk Knob,
Watauga County, NC at 4,446 feet.
5. The river enters Pulaski County, Virginia,
where it is impounded by Claytor Dam, creating Claytor Lake. Who created
- Appalachian Power Company
- US Corps of Engineers
- Tennessee Valley Authority
6. What is the name of the town where the river
crosses into West Virginia?
7. Bluestone Dam located on the New River in
Southern West Virginia, was authorized by Presidential Executive Order
in 1935 and approved by the U.S. Congress in the Flood Control Acts of
1936 and 1938. What town is near by?
8. At Hinton, just below Bluestone Dam, what river
flows into the New River?
- Greenbrier River
- Hanking River
- Knapp River
9. The New River is spanned by the New River Gorge
Bridge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. It is also a very popular river
for white water rafting (class II-IV in season, IV-VI during the spring
run-off), and several commercial outfitters offer a variety of guided
trips. Those willing to brave the colder water of spring will be
rewarded with a more challenging big-water experience.
10. The mouth of the New River is at Kanawha River
at 653 feet. What is the nearby community?
- Gauley Bridge, WV
- Audrey, WV
- Gorge, WV