Bridge Day™ Rappel
Bridge Day™ is the largest one-day festival in West Virginia. On the third Saturday in October, the Fayette County Plateau Chamber of Commerce hosts Bridge Day™ to commemorate the October, 1977 completion of the New River Gorge Bridge.
The New River Gorge Bridge is the world's third longest steel arch bridge with a main span of 1,700 feet. At 876 feet above the New River, the New River Gorge Bridge is the third highest bridge in he United States and the highest bridge east of the Mississippi; thirteenth highest bridge in the world.
Bridge Day™ is unique in that it is the only day visitors may walk across the bridge. BASE jumpers are permitted to parachute off the bridge. Rappellers are allowed to descend and ascend fixed ropes. Vendors line both ends of the bridge selling stained glass, crafts, shirts, photos, and refreshments. Bridge Day™ is West Virginia's largest one-day festival and is rated one of the top 100 festivals in North America.
The first official Bridge Day™ was celebrated in 1980. This year Bridge Day™ will be October 19tth, 2013; the 34th annual Bridge Day™.
WARNING: Rappelling is an inherently dangerous sport. Through training & education you can effectively manage risks, but you can never entirely eliminate them. The Bridge Day™ Rappel is one of the greatest adventure opportunities in the world. However, it is not without risk.