Approximately 10 miles from Hinton, WV and down amazing scenic roads is where the Sandstone Falls are located. These falls are the most prevalent waterfalls found on the New River and span over 1500 feet wide and descend around 10 to 25 feet. The wearing away of the soft conglomerate rock layer below the sandstone layers is how the falls were fashioned. The falls were named after the sandstone and are surrounded by huge boulders in the New River Gorge.
There are several places to take in the scenic view of the falls. You can take the road from Hinton directly to the falls. Along I-64 and off exit 139 is the Sandstone Visitor Center. This place has many exhibits and information on the falls, cultural history of the river and surrounding areas. On the other side of the river along Route 20 there are a couple of scenic overlooks for you to stop at. These provide you with breathtaking views and lots of photo opts.
Sharon wanted me to see the falls up close and personal. Just passed the parking lot is a sign with a little history about the falls and a wood bridge which takes you over the river and gives you a great view of the descending waters. The path winds around throughout the surrounding woods and takes you to another bridge. We saw some men relaxing and fishing near the falls. The Sandstone Falls are definitely a place for you to visit if you are ever in West Virginia.
For more photos on the falls, check my Julie Ferguson Designs blog.