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“Quick Pitstop with a View”

New River Gorge Bridge
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Reviewed 20 August 2014 via mobile

An impressive Pitstop on our road trip. The viewing spot at the bottom of the stairs is absolutely incredible. It's a view that should be seen by anyone driving over the bridge, it's a work of art. Not a lot of information on where you can get better vantage points at the bottom of the gorge though. Would have loved to see it for below.

Thank Woohoo451
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

We did the bridge walk which is beneath the bridge on the beams. Faint of heart , skip this but if you have no fear of heights, theses views of the mountains and the new river gorge are breath taking. It takes about hour and 45 minutes so allow plenty of time.

Thank Timothy C
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

The new River Gorge is a National Park Service location. (I'd heard of the attraction because there are bungee jumpers who leap from the deck once a year or so.) The facility is free, and maintained well with easy parking and comfortable access to a viewing platform with informational placards about the span. There are stairs for the adventurous to walk down to the river- note, the arch of the bridge is taller than the height of the Washington Monument plus the height of two Statues of Liberty with 20 feet to spare. Inside the building housing the ranger, the restrooms and gift shop, are artifacts about the construction of the bridge, as well as the history of coalfields in the area. Beautiful nature is all around the area-mountain laurels, huge boulders, scenic views-all less than a mile from a busy highway- a jog-off worth taking in Southern WV.

Thank MyraGreen
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

We stayed in Beckley the night before, and decided we were too close to this bridge to skip it - we had to go back north before heading south toward home. It was not wasted time. Driving over the bridge you completely miss it - I mean, the experience is like driving over any other bridge, except you can see you're crossing a gorge. That part is pretty. Stopping at the overlook, you can walk to a view where you can see the bridge from below - and it is amazing, as is the story behind it and the history of the area.
You can walk down to a lower viewing area - it's a 200-foot drop - to see more of the gorge itself and a view from even lower down - but we didn't take that walk. It's all on a boardwalk-style staircase, so though it might be strenuous coming back up, it's not treacherous in any way.
There's also a small information center - but we didn't stop to see it as we were on a time budget. However, even just the view of the bridge was amazing. I read somewhere that you could actually climb under the bridge, but I couldn't find anything that detailed what that cost or where you went to do that.
At first I drove past the viewing area, and found a very steep and winding road that led down to the river, so if you're into exploring, there's much more to see here than first meets the eye. However, these roads are very steep and the curves greater than 90 degrees (meaning you're almost turning back to the way you were coming from), so large vehicles would have a very difficult time of it.

1  Thank jandc5744
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

We stopped here at the insistence of our engineering student - it was amazing - make sure to take the time to drive under the bridge - it was awesome to see it from below. Next time we will stay in the area and take the time to do a white water rafting excursion.

Thank soccermomnomore
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