Camp Brookside

Its 1,700-foot arch made it the longest single-span arch bridge in the world.
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The bridge that provides the only road access to the Camp Brookside area of New River Gorge National River in West Virginia has been closed for repairs.

The National Park Service says the shutdown began Thursday and is expected to last five weeks.

Camp Brookside
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A camp for environmental education is now open to the public in Summers County, West Virginia.

The Register-Herald reports that Camp Brookside celebrated its opening Saturday afternoon.

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The National Park Service is opening an environmental education center in southern West Virginia.

The New River Gorge National River says in a news release that a grand opening celebration will be held May 21 for the new Camp Brookside center in the Summers County community of Brooks. The event is free and open to the public.

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The National Park Service is hoping to turn a renovated Camp Brookside in Brooks in to a future education institute.

The camp was originally built in the 1940s as a summer camp for children of Electro Metallurgical Company workers in Alloy. It was bought by the National Park Service in 1993.

Officials received funding in 2012 to restore the mess hall, seven cabins and the caretaker's residence. Those restorations are nearing completion.