New River Gorge: Fayetteville, West Virginia
The New River, also called the Ancient River Teays, is the oldest river on the North American continent. It was there before the Appalachian mountains were there. It flowed across the Appalachian Plateau, a peneplain, and established its course, before the mountains were mountains. As the plateau slowly uplifted and tilted to the west, the Teays flowed down a steeper grade and eroded the land along its already established course.
It flowed out of the Appalachians, across central Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois to meet the Mississippi and flowed south. That changed when glaciers pushing down through Ohio blocked the river at the Ohio River. When the glaciers retreated, the Ancient River Teays filled with glaicial draft and was obliterated.
At Fayetteville, West Virginia the New River flows north at the bottom of its gorge.
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