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.
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