Bridge Day, October 20, 2012, is the largest one day festival in WV

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Every third Saturday in October the New River Gorge Bridge closes to traffic and opens for the largest one day festival in West Virginia. Spectacular views, BASE Jumpers, and vendors offering food and crafts.  October 20, 2012.....makes the 33rd year for Bridge Day.  Bridge Day is a celebration of the New River Gorge Bridge, the area, and the fall season. 

new river gorge bridge in wv


The dedication ceremony of the new bridge was October 22, 1977, and the public was allowed to walk on and view this magnificent structure and its beautiful  surroundings. The turnout for the opening ceremony was much greater than anticipated. So a couple of years later in 1980, the first Bridge Day was born. Read more about the Bridge Day History.

The 876' tall New River Gorge Bridge serves as the launch point for six hours (9am-3pm EST) of safe, legal BASE jumps. This is the only day of the year that traffic is shut down and spectators can safely and legally walk across the world's second longest single arch bridge. Vehicular traffic on the Bridge will be closed from 7am until approximately 5pm.  The New River Gorge Bridge is located on Route 19 in Fayetteville, WV.

The Bridge is constructed from Cor-Ten steel; it is designed to form a layer of rust as a protective barrier. This rust gives the Bridge a dark reddish-orange color that blends in with the colors of the fall foliage.

  • Longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere with a 1,700’ span
  • Second highest bridge in the United States at 876’
  • The bridge length is 3,030’
  • The deck width is 69 feet 4 inches
  • Total bridge weight is 88,000,000 lbs.


Some of the events for Bridge Day  

  • BASE Jumping – Some 400+ BASE jumpers make the annual trip to the Bridge to take advantage of the only day of the year it’s legal to parachute there.
  • High Line – A 700-foot slide down a rope from the Bridge to the side of the Gorge.
  • Rappelling – Another Bridge Day activity that is a crowd pleaser. Teams of 12-16 people can register to rappel the Bridge on Bridge Day.
  • Check out the vendors on the Bridge selling food, crafts, and other items.



Check out the schedule of events for Bridge Day  

You just may want to go down into the Gorge and watch the action from under the Bridge. There are two ways to get there: on foot or by shuttle.

The Town of Fayetteville will be hosting a car show, street music, cornhole competition, Chili Cook-Off and other activities. Fayetteville is just a short distance from the Bridge.

Driving directions


For more information on the New River Gorge Bridge Day, call 800-927-0263



Try to make Bridge Day on October 20th and enjoy all the activities and the beauty of autumn in southern West Virginia....indeed the best of West Virginia!

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Comments (6)

Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

This sounds like a great activity for the entire family. The New river Gorge Bridge is beautiful! 

Oct 16, 2012 05:10 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Rebecca: I haven't heard of an activity like Bridge Day before.  This is sure to be a local crowd pleaser event.

Oct 16, 2012 07:23 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rebecca,

I love the photograph of the New River George's wonderful! I'm sure the local tradition of Bridge Day is a big hit with families..great to get the word out!

Oct 16, 2012 09:25 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Rebecca -

The New river Gorge Bridge is awesome and how cool is the fact they allow the public to enjoy it in such a great way too!  We're enjoying many bridges along our road trip.... they seem to fascinate us both.  Hope you enjoy Bridge Day and get some more great shots!

Oct 16, 2012 09:50 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Rebecca, I had to watch the video twice.  I've never wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane or off a bridge having to rely on a parachute, but this video got me thinking about it.  

Oct 17, 2012 08:51 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Sharon, a good time for the entire family to be outdoors and enjoy all the beauty and sports.

Anita, this makes the 33rd Bridge Day...people come from all over to jump off the bridge...see the video.

Dorie, with 80,000 attending it should be somewhat crowded :)

John, I know you and Debbie are having a great time and taking loads of photos.

Nick, come on and join in the fun.



Oct 17, 2012 12:51 PM