Built in 1909, the "little bridge" was the first bridge across New River. Construction on the current arch bridge began in 1974 and ended in 1977.
When built, the New River Gorge Bridge was the largest arch bridge on the planet, but it no longer holds that distinction. Now, Dubai is building the next largest arch bridge, expected to be completed in 2012.
The bridge is 3,030 feet long and 70 feet wide. It took more than 80 million pounds of cement and steel to build it.
About the River
New River is an American Heritage River and one of the oldest rivers in North America.
New River Gorge River offers fishing, primitive camping, hiking and mountain biking for the outdoor enthusiast. Anglers will find abundant smallmouth bass, trout, muskies, catfish and walleyes. Climbers can enjoy more than 1,400 established rock climbs. Hikers can travel maintained trails ranging from quarter-mile to 7 miles. Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular activities; commercial trips are available from April through October. Free ranger programs occur throughout the year. "Bridge Day" happens every year in October; thousands of people walk across the bridge.