New River Gorge Bridge Walk

57 County Route 85/9 , Lansing, West Virginia 25862 USA

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“For the walk of your life”

Traverse 3,030 ft of bridge, 876 ft above the New River

The New River Gorge Bridge was designed by the Michael Baker Company under the direction of Chief Engineer Clarence V. Knudsen, and erected by U. S. Steel's American Bridge Division.

Most of the 22,000 tons of structural steel for the Bridge Project was fabricated at the American Bridge Division's Ambridge, Pa., plant.

All of the structural steel used for the New River Gorge Bridge is USS COR-TEN Steel, which oxides with age and gives the Bridge its dark russet color. More than 88 million pounds of steel and concrete were incorporated into the structure of the New River Gorge Bridge.

The New River Gorge Bridge took three years to complete and cost nearly 37 million dollars. Construction began on the Bridge in June of 1974, and was completed on October 22, 1977.

Because of the chosen arch design and the depth of the gorge, steel was moved into position by trolleys running on cables that spanned the gorge.

The New River Gorge  bridge is 876 feet above the New River and is 3,030 feet in length. It is the second largest single span steel arch in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest vehicle carrying bridge in the United States.


West Virginia residents voted for the New River Gorge Bridge to be featured on their state quarter in 2005.

Bridge Walk was founded in 2009 as a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, the WV Division of Highways, and the partners that make up Bridge Walk LLC.


The catwalk has been an existing structure of the bridge since its original construction, and Bridge Walk LLC saw an opportunity to give unique tours across the walkway. Creating Bridge Walk only required a simple shuttle system, improving the trail access, and installing an innovative safety system for guests making it impossible for tour guests to fall off the bridge.

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Reviewed by
liz.w.stevens

  • 11 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
August 09, 2014

A definite must-see. Look for the signs. You don't see any of the beauty driving across it. The lookout platforms are a beautiful walk through the woods down sturdy, wide stairways. Just be prepared to get back up!

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Reviewed by
lmapp

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 4.0

I'll never get tired of stopping here. So pretty, and a welcome chance to stretch my legs on a 9-hr road trip.

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June 06, 2016
Rated 5.0

Beautiful walk to stretch the legs!

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New River Gorge Bridge Walk

57 County Route 85/9
Lansing, West Virginia
25862 USA

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