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Quinnimont Sandstone

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Named for its outcrop along the New River at Quinnimont, this sandstone, found directly below the Beckley Coal, is a prominent cliff-forming rock in the upper New River Gorge between Sewell, in central Fayette County, and Glade Creek, in eastern Raleigh County. The sandstone caps the Quinnimont Shale, and together the sandstone and shale separate the productive beds of the Beckley and Fire Creek coal seams.

Cliffs of Quinnimont Sandstone weather roughly into small blocks, which afforded handy foundation stones for old homesteads in the gorge and along the lower Piney Creek. The sandstone is not nearly as massive as that of the higher Raleigh Sandstone and Nuttall Sandstone, which often form the rims of the gorge.