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The New River Gorge Bridge, at Fayetteville, WV, carries US-19 over the New River Gorge and, at 876-feet above the New River, is the highest U.S. bridge east of the Mississippi River and the longest steel-arch span in the western hemisphere. Visitors may opt to visit the National Park Service's Canyon Rim Visitor Center, at the north end of the bridge, or travel the winding scenic route through the gorge beneath the bridge. On Bridge Day (the third Saturday in October), visitors may walk out onto the bridge and BASE jumpers may legally parachute off the bridge.

Some of the most popular New River Gorge hiking trails are located near the New River Gorge Bridge. Visit Hiking Trails near New River Gorge Bridge for information on the hiking trails near the bridge which includes maps of the trails, directions to trailheads and parking info, and descriptions of the trails.


The New River Gorge Bridge is a vital link in the state's Appalachian Corridor "L" expressway system which was designed to provide direct access to I-77 at Beckley, WV and I-79 at Sutton, WV.
The New River Gorge Bridge is a vital link in the state's Appalachian Corridor "L" expressway system which was designed to provide direct access to I-77 at Beckley, WV and I-79 at Sutton, WV.

On Bridge Day, BASE jumpers are permitted to legally parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge.
On Bridge Day, BASE jumpers are permitted to legally parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge.

Completion of the New River Gorge Bridge  took place in the fall of 1977.  Preliminary construction work on the bridge site began in July of 1973.
Completion of the New River Gorge Bridge took place in the fall of 1977. Preliminary construction work on the bridge site began in July of 1973.

A section of the New River Gorge Bridge as seen from  Hawks Nest State Park.
A section of the New River Gorge Bridge as seen from Hawks Nest State Park.

The New River Gorge Bridge, as viewed from the Long Point Trail.
The New River Gorge Bridge, as viewed from the Long Point Trail.

Another view of the New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point.
Another view of the New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point.

A suspension bridge was one of proposed design alternatives considered in 1968 for the New River Gorge Bridge. Read more about the proposed suspension bridge across New River...
A suspension bridge was one of proposed design alternatives considered in 1968 for the New River Gorge Bridge. Read more about the proposed suspension bridge across New River...

Artist's rendering illustrating the two cableways used to transport structural steel used to build the New River Gorge Bridge. Read more about the construction of the New River Gorge Brdige.
Artist's rendering illustrating the two cableways used to transport structural steel used to build the New River Gorge Bridge. Read more about the construction of the New River Gorge Brdige.

On May 13, 1976, the skeletal halves of the bridge's massive steel structure were joined as ironworkers guided the downstream top chord of the New River Gorge Bridge into place. The old bridge across New River, built in 1889, can be seen in the bottom of the photo. Read more about the final chord of the New River Gorge Bridge...
On May 13, 1976, the skeletal halves of the bridge's massive steel structure were joined as ironworkers guided the downstream top chord of the New River Gorge Bridge into place. The old bridge across New River, built in 1889, can be seen in the bottom of the photo. Read more about the final chord of the New River Gorge Bridge...

The New River Gorge Bridge following its completion in Fall of 1977. Read more about the completion of the New River Gorge Bridge in '77...
The New River Gorge Bridge following its completion in Fall of 1977. Read more about the completion of the New River Gorge Bridge in '77...

A First-Day-Of-Issue Ceremony was held at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, at Lansing, WV (north of Fayetteville, WV) on April 11, 2011 for the New River Gorge Bridge stamp, which features a digital illustration by Dan Cosgrove of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, depicting the bridge near sunset.
A First-Day-Of-Issue Ceremony was held at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center, at Lansing, WV (north of Fayetteville, WV) on April 11, 2011 for the New River Gorge Bridge stamp, which features a digital illustration by Dan Cosgrove of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, depicting the bridge near sunset.

The USS COR-TEN steel used on the New River Gorge Bridge oxides with age and blends with the surrounding terrain.
The USS COR-TEN steel used on the New River Gorge Bridge oxides with age and blends with the surrounding terrain.

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