The New River Gorge is famous the world over for its magnificent, rugged silhouette. Tourists come from miles around to stand at one of the many overlooks lining its edges, or hike one of its many famed trails. But there’s more to this iconic region than meets the eye… much more.

Did you know the story of the ghost town of Royal, West Virginia? Have you ever visited it on a drive through the New River Gorge between Beckley and Prince or Quinnamont?

If you do visit, consider continuing on WV 41 all the way to Babcock State Park for another glimpse into the history of a bygone era with a visit to Glade Creek Grist Mill.

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