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Kanawha Falls

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Falls on the Kanawha River in Fayette County, located about two miles below the western terminus of the New River Gorge.

Topo map

On the south side of the Kanawha River, at Kanawha Falls, is Van Bibbers Rock, a large boulder from which Reuben Van Bibbers leaped into the waters of the river to escape from Native Americans pursuing him.

See also: Kanawha Falls, West Virginia (community)

A small park owned by the West Virginia DNR just below the Kanawha Falls is located 2.5 downstream of Gauley Bridge, WV. The park is public fishing area, with the following facilitites: concrete 1-lane boat ramp; parking area (35 spaces); Portajohn; potable water; handicap fishing; and handicap parking.


Kanawha Falls is a popular fishing spot on the Kanawha

Panorama of western edge of Kanawha Falls