CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The National Park Service is tallying up the number of visitors to West Virginia scenic attractions and how many dollars they drive to local communities.
The report looked at attendance in 2013 at the New River Gorge National River, Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area. Total attendance topped 1.2 million visitors.
They spent more than $51 million and that supported 673 jobs in the area.
For the entire state, there were about 1.5 million visitors to national park sites last year with $63 million in spending.
The Park Service said the West Virginia numbers are part of a national look at the impact of U.S. parks. It found that most visitor spending was for lodging, followed by food and beverages and gas and oil.
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