Facts About the New River Gorge Bridge

Facts About the New River Gorge Bridge
The New River Gorge Bridge, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a destination spot for adventure seekers. The bridge, 876 feet high and 3,030 feet long, has drawn parachuters and rappellers since about the time it opened in 1977.

Bridge Day

Each year on the third Saturday in October, the bridge is closed to traffic and opened to pedestrians. Bridge Day, sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, draws up to a quarter of a million people for range of outdoor activities.


Activities on the Bridge

Building, Antenna, Span and Earth (BASE) jumpers are among the most extreme of extreme sports enthusiasts. For these thrill seekers, BASE jumping is offered on Bridge Day, but you have to be registered to jump (see Resources).

Activities Around the Bridge

The New River Gorge National River offers activities such as whitewater rafting, camping, recreational climbing, hiking and mountain biking. Zip lines, sky bridges, rappels and guided hikes are available for those who would like to explore the hemlock and hardwoods forest around the New River Gorge.


Two visitor centers, Canyon Rim and Sandstone, are open year-round. You can find food, lodging and campgrounds in the communities around the park.


About 25 percent of the land within the park is private property. This includes homes, farms and the railroad right-of-way. Visitors should respect the property boundaries.


Article Written By Donna McKinney

Donna McKinney has been writing on topics ranging from science and technology to Christianity since 1985. Her articles are published on eurekalert.com and various other websites and in "Home Life" magazine and "Essential Connection" magazine. McKinney has a Master of Arts degree in English from George Mason University.

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