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Over century ago, Cunard was an important station stop on the C&O Railway and a booming coal mining town. Today, Cunard is best known as the departure point for whitewater rafting trips on the Lower New River. The original settlement at Cunard, located deep within the New River Gorge, has become a ghost town.

Cunard can be accessed via the Cunard-Kaymoor Trail, which descends from top of the New River Gorge at Kaymoor Top to a point near the bottom of the gorge at Cunard.


The old railroad trestle over Coal Run is now part of a Cunard-Kaymoor hiking trail in the New River Gorge.
The old railroad trestle over Coal Run is now part of a Cunard-Kaymoor hiking trail in the New River Gorge.

Coal Run viewed from the railroad trestle: The Brooklyn-Southside Junction Trail follows the route of formerly used by the South Side Branch of the C&O Railway, along the "Southside" of New River.
Coal Run viewed from the railroad trestle: The Brooklyn-Southside Junction Trail follows the route of formerly used by the South Side Branch of the C&O Railway, along the "Southside" of New River.

New River during high water, viewed from Southside, just downstream of Bridge Junction.
New River during high water, viewed from Southside, just downstream of Bridge Junction.

A hiking path across Coal Run, in the highlands above the gorge, which connects to the Kaymoor Trail.
A hiking path across Coal Run, in the highlands above the gorge, which connects to the Kaymoor Trail.

Railroad bridge across New River at Bridge Junction, a short distance downstream of Cunard.  Photo taken from Southside of New River.
Railroad bridge across New River at Bridge Junction, a short distance downstream of Cunard. Photo taken from Southside of New River.

The railroad bridge, viewed from the banks of New River.  The ghost town of Sewell  is located a short distance upstream, on the opposite side of New River.
The railroad bridge, viewed from the banks of New River. The ghost town of Sewell is located a short distance upstream, on the opposite side of New River.

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