July 19, 2011
Paddlers enjoy a leisurely float on the New River in Ashe County.
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A river still runs through Ashe County, as it has since the African continent and the Americas collided 500,000,000 years ago and pushed up the mountains called the Blue Ridge. The New River defines Ashe as much as the mountains that surround it, and is better known. The New is but a riffle here, easy paddling with few rapids and none of consequence.