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Bare rock greets hikers at Long Point, which is located close to Fayetteville, W. Va. You are surrounded by steep cliffs and 270-degree views of the gorge. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Cliffs and Virginia pines are abundant at Long Point that overlooks the scenic New River Gorge in south-central West Virginia. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
The New River Gorge Bridge stretches 3,030 feet and rises 876 feet above the New River. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Trail to Long Point runs through rhododendrons. It is 1.6 miles each way from the trailhead to Long Point in West Virginia's New River Gorge. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
A hiker and his dog stand on Long Point looking into the New River Gorge with the New River Gorge Bridge in the background. It is one of the best overlloks on the New River Gorge. (Bob Downing/Akron Beacon Journal)
Seasonal fare. A Mardi Gras Jazz Cafe will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. There will be jazz music and New Orleans-themed appetizers and desserts. Tickets are $20 each for the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday event. The church is at 50 N. Prospect St. in Akron. Call 330-376-5154 for more.