The Opportunity | New River Conservancy (NRC)
The New River Conservancy (NRC) is a three state (North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia), non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1975 to protect and enhance the river and watershed of the world’s second oldest river. The 320 mile long New River winds through its 4.2 million acre Appalachian watershed and includes two state parks, a National Park (New River Gorge), and is designated both a federal Wild and Scenic, and an American Heritage river.
The Watershed | Blowing Rock, NC to Gauley Bridge, WV
Flowing South to North, the New River and its surrounding watershed begins in the Mountains of Northwestern North Carolina and winds its way through the Blue Ridge mountains, the New River Valley of Virginia, and on through the New River Gorge in West Virginia. The area is known for its scenic mountains, bucolic countryside, historic towns, rare ecosystems, and strong cultural heritage. The three-state organization has its main office located in West Jefferson, North Carolina nestled within the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwest North Carolina. West Jefferson offers a bustling downtown district featuring an eclectic selection of boutiques, exceptional eateries, antique shops, coffee and wine shops and even a craft beer brewery. The entire watershed provides many opportunities for a wide variety of outdoor recreation.