There’s One Day A Year You Can Jump From the New River Gorge Bridge

Oct. 19  |  New River Gorge Bridge

Thousands of people will gather Saturday, Oct. 19 on the New River Gorge Bridge to watch BASE jumpers leap 876 feet to the bottom, deploying their parachutes as they go.

It’s usually illegal to BASE jump in National Parks, but Bridge Day, is the one exception, so jumpers leap as many times as they can over the course of 6 hours.

Every year on the third Saturday in October the New River Gorge Bridge closes to traffic and opens to BASE jumpers, rappellers, vendors and spectators, as they share the excitement, the spectacle, the experience of Bridge Day.

The jumpers leap from a platform, and you can watch them soar to the bottom from the sidelines of the bridge. Or get the view from below with a shuttle to the spot near the landing zone at Fayette Station, or even on a whitewater boat trip with a local outfitter.

If you aren’t interested in taking the big leap, there are still plenty of activities to enjoy all weekend. Stop by Bridge Jam in downtown Fayetteville for country, bluegrass and rock music both nights. For great food, try Taste Of Bridge Day the evening before the event for family-friendly entertainment with delicious bites, or the downtown Chili and Cornbread Cook-Off right after the festival.

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This post was last updated on August 5, 2020