Fayetteville, West Virginia: America's Longest Single Arch Steel Span Bridge

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US Hwy 19, Fayetteville, WV
Northeast of town on US 19 across the New River Gorge. The overlook is just north of the bridge, east side.
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America's Longest Single Arch Steel Span Bridge
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Scenic overlook of the bridge.

World's Longest Single Arch Steel Span Bridge

Walk the stairs to the viewpoint. Amazing view!

[Mike Larson, 04/29/2016]
World's Longest Single Arch Steel Span Bridge

Take the boardwalk-style staircase partially down the side of the gorge to get the most majestic view of the bridge. You'll find a sidewalk to the stairs next to the visitor center. Be forewarned: There are 178 stairs! Descending is a cinch. Going back up could become a problem. They've provided landings with benches, so you can catch your breath and enjoy the surroundings, but I suggest you hydrate yourself beforehand. Just in case.

[Jane Geoh, 07/23/2012]


New River Gorge Bridge

To really get a good look at the bridge, take the back road from the visitor center parking lot (ask one of the workers for directions) and wind your way down into the gorge. Not for the timid, this is a steep descent on a narrow road. Most of the road is one way -- down one side of the gorge and up the other. You can see the bridge much better.

You will cross a much smaller bridge at the bottom of the gorge. There is a parking area where you can walk down to the river bank and watch rafts and kayaks going thru the rapids. Not as many people know this route and I kinda hate to give away the secret.

There is a nice water fall on the way back up but it has very limited parking at the trail head and you will need a keen eye to spot it from the road in the summer months. You can walk right up to its base. Not far from the road.

[NomadRider, 10/26/2010]

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