The third-highest bridge in the United States and the fourth-longest single-arch span in the world, New River Gorge Bridge offers views of the New River below and the gorge it has carved in the Appalachian Mountains. Before crossing the 924 m (3,030 ft) long, 267 m (876 ft) high bridge, stop by the visitor’s center for a scenic overlook from the deck. Take the path to the wooden staircase to reach the viewing platform. Beneath the bridge, guided tours with a safety harness are available on a 0.4 km (0.25 mi), handicap-accessible steel catwalk. Be on the lookout for the brown sign on your way to the bridge--it can be easy to miss. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to New River Gorge Bridge by using our Fayetteville trip itinerary builder site .
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Flew into Pittsburg, PA, It was about a 3 hour drive, through beautiful mountains and winding roads. The view of the Gorge from the visitor center are beautiful, there are a couple of trails that lead... more »
Nice visit to awesome place. We visited visitors center and souvenirs place. We drove down to street to get closer look. more »
There are many places to enjoy views of the bridge, but make sure to go to the visitors center as they have many exhibit,s, including a short film, pertaining to the building of the bridge. Fascinatin... more »
I'm 70 years old and have always wanted to go to bridge day but was always working or for what ever reason I missed it. Saturday me and my wife decided let's go. We stopped about four miles out caught a shuttle bus at Lighthouse ministry. We were shocked at the crowd. It was a beautiful day and we worked our way to the place they were jumping. People we're nice and everyone seemed to take turns looking up close over the bridge and taking pictures. We got our turn got some nice pictures and moved on so other could get the thrill of seeing them jump. If you have never made the trip it's well worth it. There are several vendors there selling hand made goods as well as good food selection. There we're several beautiful bikes there and biker's and there wives or girlfriends we're nice they had a booth about Christian bikers. We stopped and talked to a gentleman there super nice guy and on fire for the Lord. He gave us a bikers Bible and bracelet. We got on bus returned to Lighthouse ministry and they had free food and drinks and singers singing gospel music and the Gideon's we're out front passing out New Testament Bibles. What a glorious day and to see so many good people looking out to God to help others.
Best location for one day outing. You can spend a day with friends and family. Worth trying short and long trails. Visitor center is very informative. Scenic location for photography and explore natural beauty!!
New River Arch Bridge was a great place to spend a few hours. I drove the old route, Fayette Crossing road, and it took me to the bottom of the gorge and you get a great view of the Arch Bridge as you cross the river on the old bridge it replaced. You can go swimming and picnic as you watch rafters and kayaks pass through the rapids under the bridge. The Arch Bridge was built in 1977 and cut the drive time for crossing the gorge from 45 minutes to about 45 seconds. You will also see several small waterfalls as the drive the old route which have easy access from nearby parking areas.
There are a couple of spots to sight-see and take photos. The main visitor center has an overlook, but there's not much to it. You'll probably enjoy the views more from the river :)
Absolutely love this bridge... My papaw was the project manager for it while it was being built... definitely a beautiful place to visit and learn about
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