Your guide to Bridge Day in West Virginia
Bridge Day, an annual event held in Fayetteville, is undoubtedly one of the most unique events held anywhere in the world. The event draws thousands every year to see daredevils leap from the edge of the bridge and plummet over 800 feet down, parachuting toward the New River.
Bridge Day began in the 1980s and only featured a handful of BASE jumpers, but as the years went on, those numbers increased. Today, several hundred jumpers make their way to Fayetteville to take the plunge into the Gorge!
Taste of Bridge Day
On the Friday before Bridge Day, visitors can experience Taste of Bridge Day! The event showcases Fayetteville’s finest restaurants and caterers, who offer samples of popular menu items. Visitors can enjoy live music, great food, local artwork, and a phenomenal atmosphere that is sure to prepare them for a day full of fun at Bridge Day!
Bridge day kicks off at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday in October and will be a day full of fun for the entire family! The bridge is closed to traffic for the day, so you’re free to park along Route 19, but parking is also offered at several locations around Fayetteville with a shuttle available to take you to the bridge.
Vendors & More
There will be countless vendors on location so you’ll have the chance to check out amazing West Virginia-made crafts, clothing, goodies, and more! As you make your way onto the New River Gorge Bridge, you’ll be able to watch BASE jumpers as they jump (or catapult) off the side of the bridge into the river! You also have the option to ride the shuttle into the New River Gorge to watch the BASE jumpers from below the bridge! Tickets must be reserved through the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
Whether you’ve never been to Bridge Day before or you visit every year, there’s always going to be something for everyone! It is one of the most beloved traditions in Almost Heaven, and this year is sure to be exciting!
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This post was last updated on March 9, 2022