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Two National Parks Boost West Virginia's Economy

Harpers Ferry view from the hill
Cecelia Mason
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The National Parks in West Virginia generated $63.4 million in visitor spending in 2012 with more than 1.5 million recreational visits.

West Virginia ranks 33rd among all states in national park visitation.

The U.S. Department of Interior released a report Monday showing the number of visits and the economic impact at more than 400 sites across the country in the national park system.

The two West Virginia sites listed are Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and the New River Gorge National River.

Harpers Ferry:

  • Recorded 263,105 total recreation visits in 2012 with $11,929,200 in total spending.
  • There were 210,485 non local recreational visits with total spending of $10,944,700 in spending
  • 168 jobs were created.

New River Gorge:

  • Recorded 1,128,195 total recreation visits with spending of $45,344,200.
  • There were 769,705 non local recreational visits and total non-local spending of $40,026,200
  • 605 jobs were created.

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