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New River Gorge Bridge

130 Laurel Creek Rd, Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms

“A structural work of art”

When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, a travel challenge was solved. The bridge reduced a 40-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of North America's oldest rivers to less than a minute. When it comes to road construction, mountains do pose a challenge. In the case of the New River Gorge Bridge, challenge was transformed into a work of structural art - the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the second highest in the United States.

The New River Gorge Bridge is located on U. S. Route 19, just north of Fayetteville, WV. It is easily reached from Interstates 64, 77, & 79 and from U. S. Route 60 (Midland Trail). It is approximately 30 minutes north of Beckley, 70 minutes east of Charleston, and 70 minutes south of Interstate 79.

For years crossing the New River gorge meant long detours, or carefully winding your way down narrow mountain roads. It was not until the completion of the New River Gorge Bridge on October 22, 1977, that this travel problem was solved. However, the solution was not an easy one. Many technical problems had to be overcome. The bridge reduced a 40-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of America's oldest rivers to less than one minute.
On the third Saturday in October, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce hosts "Bridge Day." On this one day a year, the New River Gorge Bridge is open to pedestrians, where a variety of activities draw up to a quarter of a million people. Great views, organized walks, parachuting and rappelling demonstrations, music, and a variety of vendors are all part of the Bridge Day events.

Whitewater rafting is one of the most popular recreational activities at New River Gorge National River. The rapids range from Class III to Class V. There are a number of commercial outfitters that offer trips to the public.

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Reviewed by
lisa.b.cain.52

  • 6 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Hands down a very cool stop! The kids were impressed and we all enjoyed hiking offside of the road. We also liked walking across the reconstructed lower bridge that was in the navigation.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
terry.medynski

  • 2 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
June 26, 2014

Great stop on the family road trip! The workout climbing up and down the stairs was much needed...

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ericnagel

  • 4 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
October 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

Make the stop! Beautiful views, and the stairs get your blood flowing again after sitting in the car for too long.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 516 Reviews
  • 375 Helpful
March 14, 2014
Rated 4.0

This bridge is truly stunning.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
missytstone

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 05, 2017
Rated 4.0

The New River Gorge is a gorgeous place to stop, learn some history, check out some gorgeous views and stretch your legs. I would not recommend this place as a day trip but, as a stop on a larger escapade, it is truly fun and magnificent!

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Reviewed by
AshleyDonohew

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful few and you'll get your work out in on those steps to the overlook!

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Reviewed by
Kabay

  • 28 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

A nice stop to stretch your legs. I didn't get a chance to take the stairs to the bottom but I was still able to enjoy the view. It was a breathtaking view even with the fog. It was a rainy morning so the walkway can be slippery.

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Reviewed by
Scooter2225

  • 8 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 22, 2016
Rated 4.0

A nice stop along the way to stretch your legs

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Reviewed by
Devon

  • 7 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 29, 2015
Rated 4.0

Beautiful bridge and view! It was worth the stop.
However, the address given is just before you cross the bridge, we ended up losing our GPS signal and driving around in that area before realizing we just needed to drive a little further.

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Reviewed by
parker.mallchok

  • 6 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
May 20, 2015
Rated 3.0

Impressive and interesting. Tours are available, but I didn't take one. Hikes are also an option. The visitors center has a free exhibit which had a lot of information and a little gift shop. A nice pitstop to make.

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New River Gorge Bridge

130 Laurel Creek Rd
Fayetteville, West Virginia
25840 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
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