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“Engineering Marvel with a Beautiful Backdrop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge Bridge
U. S. Route 19, Fayetteville, WV
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Type: Bridges
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Avon, Ohio
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“Engineering Marvel with a Beautiful Backdrop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

When completed in 1977, and for many years thereafter, the New River Gorge Bridge was the longest steel single-span arch bridge in the world but has now fallen to fourth place. Nevertheless, at 876 ft (267 m) above the New River, making it is the fifth highest vehicle bridge in the world; it is still a very impressive sight. Good views of the bridge can be had from a couple of observation decks at different levels accessed by a short trail and stairs behind the Canyon Rim Visitor Center of the New River Gorge National River near the town of Lansing. Better views can be had by taking the Fayette Station Road scenic drive which one can get maps and information about at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center. Departing near the visitor center, Fayette Station Road winds down the sides of the gorge, takes one across the New River on a bridge at the bottom of the gorge then takes one back up on the other side. Prior to the opening of the New River Gorge Bridge, this was the only way across for vehicles. However, for me as a fan of whitewater rafting, the best view of the bridge is from the river below in a raft.

Visited July 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Rain and cool viewing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

Viewing area for bridge is great. Ride to bottom of gorge is an adventure. Worth the hour it takes for the trip.

Visited October 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Beautiful!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

A very breathtaking view of the bridge, river, and surrounding mountains! The steps down and back up would be challenging for some, but worth the walk if you can make it!

Visited October 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Don't Miss This Attraction”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

We arrived at this location, during the government shutdown. Fortunately, we were able to extend our stay as we would have hated to miss this attraction. What to say? The bridge is a fantastic site and wonderful engineering feat. There are state parks close by to enjoy while you view the bridge from multiple locations, food available and even a jet boat ride from Hawks Nest State Park.
there is a catwalk available under the bridge but we did not try this out. We enjoyed the boat, food and the state park. Lots of easy trails and a tram ride down to the boat.

Visited October 2013
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“Bridge Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This has become an annual event for us and the bridge , the gorge, the river , the people , nice little restaurants and shops make Fayetteville a great place to visit. No wonder it's called "one of Americas coolest small towns".

Visited October 2013
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