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West Virginia seems made for adventure. Lovers of hiking, biking and watersports will find no end to uncrowded trails and rivers for thrilling adventures. Take things up a notch at the New River Gorge bridge, an iconic spot for extreme sports enthusiasts.

1) New River Gorge

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The New River Gorge Bridge is an iconic structure that attracts daredevils. That means bungee jumpers and parachutists hurtle down the 876-foot-high bridge before bouncing on the cord or deploying their chute. The river below is ideal for fishing for small-mouth bass, rock bass and walleye. The New River also is an ideal spot for rafting and kayaking.

2) Hillsboro

Drive 76 miles, 1 hour, 31 minutes

Kayaking, biking and mountain adventures await in the center of Pocahontas County. Take a side trip to Minihaha Springs for a relaxing soak. A public bathing pool allows folks to take a dip and let the therapeutic waters work their magic. Surrounding trails and fishing spots complete this wild West Virginia stop.

3) Elkins

Drive 75 miles, 1 hour, 43 minutes

Described as a “romantic getaway” by USA Today, Elkins is a small town with big culture. With a population of over 7,000 in the city limits, the Appalachian mountain town thrives on arts, entertainment and recreation. Browse the interpretive museums and learn local history, or go on a bike ride at the nearby Highlands Trail. After working up a thirst, down a beer at a local brewery or have a picnic in the city park. Ready for more? Set out for a hike in the nearby Monongahela National Forest.