There are several ways to view the bridge, which includes by air or by white water rafting. For those who like their feet on the ground, taking a hike on the Long Point Trail will grant you a picture perfect viewing of the bridge. This trail is an in and out trail, just over 3 miles, and is pretty heavily trafficked. For those who aren't fearful of heights, try out the bridge walk! The bridge walk is a daily walking tour that guides you across the bridge, but you'll do so on the cat walk some 851 feet above the New River. It is a 1.25 mile stroll and you should know, in order to experience this adventure, you must be over 48 inches tall, 10 years or older, and have a waist size less than 52 inches. If you meet all of those specifics, you can experience the bridge like no one else can. If you have done the cat walk before, please comment below and tell us all about it.
You also have the option of an overlook, which also grants you a pretty intimate look at the bridge. I personally did the Cannon Rim Overlook and wasn't disappointed in the least.
* A few things to note: There is a paved section which is wheelchair friendly. However, the section which grants you the view as seen above, requires you to traverse 150 wooden steps down to a viewing platform. This, of course, means you will have to climb back up those stairs to the parking area and visitor center. You should also note the restrooms here at this viewing area are located inside the visitor center. So be mindful of the hours which the visitor center operates if you are hoping to access those.
The visitor center was closed upon our arrival but the area had benches and picnic tables to enjoy. There was also a little flower garden with a teenie tiny little path we walked. Nothing to brag about, as it was only like 15 feet, but it was a great place to stop and smell the flowers, literally.
Oops, I almost forgot to mention that the board walk to the viewing platform has several little stopping points with information about wildlife and plants in the area. So, if you're needing a reason to stop and catch your breath from the climb up, stop and learn a little something.
I tried to befriend this little bumble bee, or as I call them, Buzzle...
Check out the map below for any helpful information.
New River Gorge Visitor
Address: New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, WV 25840
Phone: (304) 574-2115
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9am - 5pm
As always, keep it safe, keep it cool, and stay curious.