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Why you should make a stop at New River Gorge Bridge, West Virginia

New River Gorge Bridge

The New River Gorge Bridge is found in West Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. It´s a beautiful steel arche bridge that stretches across the New River Gorge. Find out why you should visit it now!

#1. Because it is truly magnificent

Maybe you´re going to spend a whole day in the area, or maybe you´re just in need of a short stop after a long time on the road. No matter what, the short walk to the viewpoint just at the bridge will make you amazed. The steel arch bridge itself is impressive and the green mountainous surroundings with the river flowing at the bottom of the gorge absolutely doesn´t make it less so.

Beautiful Lookout over New River Gorge
Beautiful green surroundings at New River Gorge Bridge.

#2. To see a historical mine site

The Kaymoor Miners Trail takes you down to the old mine site. Visiting is a nice way to explore a part of West Virginia´s coal mining history. Just be prepared for a rugged and steep trail along with stairs with in total more than 800 steps. You´re almost guaranteed to feel it the day after!

Safety board at the mine in New River Gorge.
A good workman is a safe workman.

#3. To find your own favorite lookout over the gorge

There are quite a few trails in the area that offer beautiful views over the gorge. We found our favorite lookout point. Which will be yours?

Lookout over New River Gorge
Our favorite lookout over New River Gorge.

#4. Because being active is good

Apart from a nice selection of trails to choose from and stairs with more steps than you can imagine, the gorge is home to great fishing locations and rafting activities. This gives you a great opportunity to spend some active time in the nature.

A lot of steps in New River Gorge
Active times in a lush setting.

#5. To remember how it used to be

The construction of the bridge was completed in 1977. Its effect on the local economy and transportation was huge. In fact, the travel time from one side of the gorge to the other was reduced from approximately 45 minutes to 45 seconds. A fun way to remember how it used to be and enjoy scenic views from the comfort of your own car is to drive the old route.

New River Gorge Bridge from the bottom of the gorge
New River Gorge Bridge from the bottom of the gorge.