New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

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A must-see tourist attraction in West Virginia is the New River Gorge Bridge. While this road trip stop is far from the normal “world’s largest things” we write about here, it’s an impressive site and not to be missed if driving through the area.

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

The bridge was built in 1977 to connect the hills on either side of the New River Gorge. At the time this 876-foot tall bridge was the world’s longest single-span arch bridge made of steel but has since been surpassed by four others in China (Ping’nan Third Bridge, Chaotianmen Bridge, Lupu Bridge, and Bosideng Bridge). But it is the longest single-span steel arch bridge in the United States and, at 3,030 feet long, is the third highest bridge in the United States.

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

In 2005 the New River Gorge Bridge was featured on the West Virginia state quarter released by the US Mint and in 2013 it was listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource.

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

Every year in October the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce welcomes visitors to the annual Bridge Day: the only day of the year that it is legal to BASE jump from the property (and the only day of the year foot traffic is permitted on the normally vehicle-only bridge).

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

Visit the Canyon Rim Visitor Center and the National Park Service Overlook for a breathtaking view of the bridge or drive Fayette Station Road to see it from below.

New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

Address: US-19, Victor, WV
Hours: Always visible and drivable
Cost: Free to See

Canyon Rim Visitor Center

Address: 62 Visitor Center Rd, Lansing, WV
Hours: 9am-5pm, daily
Cost: Free to See


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Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

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