Rio, West Virginia: Rio Rock Turtle

A boulder, washed into the North River during the flood of 1985, has since been painted like a turtle.
Ford Hill Rd, Rio, WV
In the North River along the north side of Ford Hill Rd/Hwy 53, about 2.5 miles west of Rio.
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Rio Rock Turtle

The Rio Turtle is the creation of local residents of Rio, WV (pronounced Rye-oh). The creature is made from a single large river rock that washed into the river during the flood of 1985 that devastated the region and a large part of West Virginia.

Now decorated in green and yellow, looking much like a large green/yellow turtle, the Rio Turtle has gone through as many changes as a chameleon. Most notably, it took on a patriotic flag and yellow ribbon motif after Sept. 11, 2001.

The Rio Turtle can be found alongside the highway near Rio, WV, directly across the Hampshire/Hardy County line. Directions can be received from any local resident, since everyone knows about the Rio Turtle.

[Jason, 06/09/2008]

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