A quarter mile downhill walk to a beautiful overlook with great views of the New River Gorge Bridge.

A 0.25 mile wooded boardwalk takes you down to an overlook of the 3,030 foot tall steel arch bridge. There are about 150 steps, so the walk back up the visitor center can be tiring. At the overlook, there is great panoramic views of the gorge and bridge.

The visitor center has bathrooms and has a lot of information about the bridge, construction of the bridge, and the numerous activities that can done in the area. Some activities such as; hiking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, and walking across the catwalk below the bridge.

Pack List

  • Good walking/running shoes
  • Water
  • Camera
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Features
Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
River
Scenic
Wildlife

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Stunner!

An absolute stunner of an engineering feat. Amazing how a river is able to carve such a canyon over all this time. I wasn't able to spend much time in the area, but I will make a point to visit the gorge in the morning and evening at some point! So much to do and see.

Excellent Day Trip!

I came here for a day trip with some friends in early spring a few years ago. We hiked and explored much of the area and even set up hammocks for a bit of the afternoon and swam some (although the water was straight up frigid). I'd say its worth checking out the area, and if you do, be sure to go on both sides of the bridge! The visitor center is nice, but I am pretty sure we spent most of the time on the other side of the river.

Have you heard of the New River Gorge's Official Bridge Day?

I agree that the New River Gorge is a great place to visit throughout the year, but if you are in the area on Saturday, October 21, 2017 check out their Bridge Day (complete with base jumpers, rappelling, a 5k, and chili)! More information is here: https://officialbridgeday.com/


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