The Bridge Day Commission has cancelled Bridge Day 2020, Saturday, October 17, 2020.
We look forward to seeing you at next year’s Bridge Day, October 16, 2021. Please be safe and help each other during this exasperating time. Thank you for your understanding.
Benjy Simpson, Bridge Day Rappel Coordinator
Bridge Day is held annually on the third Saturday in October to commemorate the October 1977 completion of the New River Gorge Bridge. The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere; 3rd longest in the world. The Bridge is the 3rd highest bridge in the United States and the 13th highest bridge in the world. The New River Gorge Bridge is the 2nd highest vehicle-carrying bridge in the United States; the 5th in the world. The New River Gorge Bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The New River Gorge Bridge is 876’ above the New River, the 2nd oldest river in the world. The New River is a National River, so designated by the National Parks Service in 1978. Bridge Day is one of the top 100 festivals in North America, and West Virginia’s largest one day festival. It is estimated that Bridge Day brings more than 3,000,000+ into the southern West Virginia economy each year.
Bridge Day is BASE jumpers, rappellers, high line riders, vendors, photographers, and the opportunity to walk across the New River Gorge Bridge.
The Bridge Day High Line gives the general public the opportunity to be a Bridge Day participant. This will be the 19th Bridge Day High Line with over 2,200 riders. The high line rider glides from the New River Gorge Bridge’s catwalk to State Route 82. Your speed is controlled by a belayer. You drop 300 vertical feet while sliding 600-700’.
The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the longest free rappels that you can do anywhere in the world. The New River Gorge Bridge Day rappel is 851’. Bridge Day rappellers are expected to be an experienced with long rappels and familiar with the skills, equipment, and rescue techniques associated with rappelling. Rappelling can be dangerous! Each participant must assume personal responsibility for his/her own safety You must be a member of a team. We do not assign individuals to teams.
Rappel Team Registration will be from Apr 1 – May 3, 2019
Anyone wishing to have a Bridge Day Rappel team must register online April 1 – May 3. Teams will be assigned a rappel site based on the lottery drawing on Friday, June 28. You do not have to be present to be selected.
Each rappel team must have people at the bottom of the rappel to monitor the rope and know how to bottom belay. The Bottom Pass is not for those people rappelling. Anyone at the bottom (i.e., beneath the Bridge near the ropes) on Bridge Day not rappelling must have a Bottom Pass. You must be a member of a team.