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McKendree Hospital

This Class II rapid on the upper Upper New River Gorge whitewater rafting segment is located approximately one and a half miles downstream of Dowdy Creek Rapids and at the downstream end of a broad river-right bottom, site of ruins of McKendree Hospital. The rapids are likely the result of ledges of bedrock approaching the surface of the stream.

Ruins, largely foundations, are all that remain of the McKendree Hospital, pictured at left, an imposing structure now reabsorbed by the riparian forest of the gorge.

Map: Ledges Rapids