A friend and I are planning to drive up to Bridge Day from North Carolina. We'll probably visit Pipestem the day before and stay overnight in the area somewhere. I've looked at the official Bridge Day parking/shuttle map, and I wanted to see if people had recommendations for which would be the best spot to pick up the shuttle. On the south side, I would imagine, since that's the way we'd be driving afterward. Catch one farther away in Oak Hill, or closer in Fayetteville? If so, which is the best bet?
How long will it take to walk across the bridge (roughly, since everybody's speed is different)? Also, are there bathroom facilities near the bridge that will be open? I wasn't sure with the government shutdown. Even port-a-johns!