A ranger inside told me that they have keep up with the trimming in order to keep the fast-growing vine from taking over.
Other native species, like the Liatris below line the walkways around the Visitor Center.
A path continues around the back of the visitor center where several species of native trees are planted. This will become a nice shady area as the trees mature. On the day we visited, it was too hot to enjoy the benches conveniently located around the garden.
Besides benches, there were several picnic tables scattered around, close to the parking lot making this a good lunch spot for travelers with a cooler.
Inside the visitor center it was all about the New River, its tributaries and surrounding watershed. From Newts to Native Americans to coal mining, information flowed from displays located around the building. Much of it pertained to stewardship now and in the past.
Throughout the building we could follow the path of the New River at our feet. All of the rivers forming the New River Watershed were inlaid, in blue, into the floor.
Interactive displays were there to teach children and adults how recycling, and good water use practices could help keep the watershed healthy and in turn keep our drinking water clean.
If you have trouble reading these sandstone signs, please click on them to see them enlarged.
The photo, below, is from the NATIONAL RIVER WEBSITE