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. The teams registered for the 2018 Bridge Day Rappel are listed in NEWS. Individuals need to complete an online application April 16 through June 30. Late registration will be September 1-16. We do not assign individuals to teams.
Bridge Day Rappeller Registration
Celebrate West Virginia’s Bridge Day, the third Saturday in October, by registering as an individual rappeller! Hosted by the Fayette County Plateau Chamber of Commerce since October 1980, this celebration allow visitors to cross the New River Gorge Bridge, or BASE jumpers can parachute off, and rappellers can descend and ascend the bridge. Here’s your chance to register for individual rappelling! Save your spot for your rappelling fun on Bridge Day by completing your registration now.
At 876 ft. above the New River, the New River Gorge Bridge is the United States’ third highest bridge as well as the world’s longest steel arch bridge that spans more than 1,700 feet.
Vendors line both ends of the bridge selling stained glass, crafts, shirts, photos, and refreshments. Bridge Day is a top 100 festival in the country and is West Virginia’s largest one-day festival.
General Public Participation
Both rappelling and BASE jumping require skill, experience, and equipment. The first New River Gorge Bridge High Line was in 1994. In 2001, when Bridge Day was cancelled, there was a 2,200’ high line rigged near the New River Gorge Bridge that extended across the New River Gorge. This will be the 17th Bridge Day High Line with over 1,800 riders.