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Walked the catwalk under the New River Gorge Bridge!

What an awesome experience! Paul was our guide on the bridge walk. He was knowledgeable... read more

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What a view!

This is a 'must see' if you are in the area. The bridge was quite the engineering feat. Beautiful... read more

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Reviewed 24 October 2011

Stopped here to enjoy the autumn views. It is definitely worth while to stop at the New River Gorge Visitors' Center -- there are actually two visitors' centers; the one at Canyon Rim is the better.

The Visitors' Center has a short film (about 15 minutes) that plays every half hour that provides info on the geology and history of the area, along with some info on building the bridge. There is a very small museum there also (15 minutes to walk thru) and gift shop and restrooms. The Visitors' Center is worth the stop; the film is informative, but very anti-capitalist, anti-industry, anti-logging, anti-coal, anti-people, etc (all filmed with our tax dollars).

There are a couple of paths, the one to the left leads to the upper and the lower viewing points. The upper is an easy walk, but the lower point requires about 180 steps -- not bad going down, but a bit of an effort back up. Steps are wooden and well-spaced; the only negative is that the handrail is also wooden --- i.e., splinters in your fingers or hand is a risk.

Avoid visitiing on the one weekend that the bridge is closed to allow parachute jumping. Too crowded. Otherwise, it is a beautiful area and worth the stop. Although there are many photo ops, I recommend you buy the pretty postcards and instead of focusing on photos, you just enjoy the scenery.

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Reviewed 24 October 2011

It was nice to see. Love to be in nature so the walk down and back was nice.

Thank alharvey
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Reviewed 13 October 2011

We stopped at the visitor center at the bridge not knowing what we'd see. Very cool and beautiful since we saw this in the fall. There are 2 paths to views. The one on the right is at the same level as the parking lot and an OK view. The one on the left is down steps to a better view. Yes, it's a lot of steps to climb and you'll probably be out of breath, but it's not that bad.

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Reviewed 13 August 2011

We did the Class VI whitewater rafting. This was the first time here, enjoyed it very much. Our guide Chris from Parkersburg, WV., the best. I would highly recommend him. Thank you for a wonderful and exciting time.

Thank Nikki B
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Reviewed 12 August 2011

This truly is amazing... If your just driving by it's a must stop... The steps for the view is pretty intense, give yourself 30-45 minutes for the walk ( on hot days give yourself longer )
There is a lot to do here - whirewater rafting, zip lines, climbing, and on Bridge Day Oct. 15, 2011, there's B.A.S.E. jumping rappelling, scavenger hunt, Ect, Ect, Ect.....

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