The New River is estimated to be more than 100 million years old, making it one of the oldest rivers in the world. It is a remnant of the prehistoric Teays River. The first written documentation of the New River was by explorers Thomas Batte and Robert Hallom. A Totera Indian guide led them there on 13 Sept. 1671. First called Wood's River, most likely for Abraham Wood, who launched the expedition, it became known as the New River by the middle of the 18th century. The New River is known for its treacherous current and stretches more than 300 miles through Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
Geographic Location: Giles County
Physical Description of Location: Narrows, VA 24124. Located on Virginia Avenue (Hwy 460), 1 mile south of the junction of Virginia Avenue (Hwy 460) and Federal Street (Hwy 219). Marker is on the right when traveling south on Virginia Avenue (Hwy 460).
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