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Saturday, October 17, 2009 -- Fayetteville, WV / New River Gorge Bridge
30th Annual New River Gorge Bridge Day (iPO Event Id#: 12372)

Coverage: [1998] [1999] [2000]

BASE jumping off of the New River Gorge Bridge
BASE Jumping on Bridge Day
This is one of America's top one hundred festivals!

Join tens of thousands of visitors as you walk across the longest, single-span steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere, and take in the views from 876 feet up in the air while you watch jumpers and rappelers in an extreme sports display. The party takes place on the New River Gorge Bridge.

About the Bridge

The 3,030-foot New River Gorge Bridge took three years to complete and cost nearly $37 million. Because of the chosen arch design, and the depth of the gorge, steel was moved into position by trolleys running on three inch diameter cables stretched between two 330-foot towers. More than 88 million pounds of steel are incorporated. Michael Baker Jr., Inc. was the design engineer company for the structure, which was built by the American Bridge Division of US Steel. Its cor-ten steel will never need painting. The span arches across the New River, among the oldest rivers in North America, considered to be some of America's best whitewater.

Take A Flying Leap

Building Antenna Span Earth (BASE) jumpers will gladly accommodate that request on Bridge Day, their annual convention. Since it's only a few seconds from bridge rail to splash down, jumping requires a well-orchestrated team of water-safety, communications and emergency personnel.

BASE jumping off of the New River Gorge Bridge
BASE Jumping on Bridge Day
Oh, What a Dangled Web

Beneath the bridge's unseen catwalk dangle expert rappellers who resemble so many spiders weaving a web. Our Bridge Day trolls practice well-honed skills with the breathtaking gorge as their backdrop.

These Boots are Made for Walking

No skill required, no experience necessary. The bridge is open today only for your walking pleasure. Join the Hillbilly Hikers at the northernmost booth for an official VOLKSWALK. Two well-marked walks take you across the bridge into historic Fayetteville or deep into the gorge and back.

What NOT to Bring

Note that pets, bicycles, carts, and strollers are not permitted on the bridge during Bridge Day. Coolers, packages, and large packs or satchels will not be permitted on the bridge for security reasons.

For More Details

For more information including directions, lodging, etc. go to the official site:

Start Date: 2009-10-17
Event Name: New River Gorge Bridge Day
Location(s): Fayetteville, WV 25840
New River Gorge Bridge
Event Type(s): Other
Event Distance(s):
Contact(s): Bridge Day Contact Info.
   Phone: 800-927-0263
Affiliate(s): New River Convention and Visitors Bureau
Offsite URL: