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Bridge Day in West Virginia--Oct 20th 2012

Bridge Day—the largest extreme sports event in the world—is held annually on the third Saturday in October in Fayette County, West Virginia (WV), USA. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the event. You can watch from the bridge or reserve a raft trip on the Lower New River and have the best seat in the house! Don’t forget to wear your New River Tee Shirt on the trip!

This year's Bridge Day Festival takes place on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The 876' tall New River Gorge Bridge, serves as the launch point for six hours (9am-3pm EST) of safe, legal BASE jumping.  This is the only day of the year that traffic is shut down and spectators can safely and legally walk across the world's second longest single arch bridge. Vehicular traffic on the Bridge will be closed from 7am until approximately 5pm.

At a height of 876 feet, the New River Gorge Bridge is tailor made for BASE jumpers. BASE is an acronym for Bridges, Antennas, Spans and Earth. These enthusiasts parachute off of things-earth bound things-that the law frowns on people jumping off of. It's not easy being a BASE jumper. The thrill of the jump is usually followed by the humiliation of the arrest.

Time is on your side—at least for six hours! Come and enjoy the view from the best overlook in the New River Gorge. Enjoy browsing through hundreds of vendor's booths to find just the right souvenir for the day. Feeling Brave? Check out Bridge BASE Jumping or Rappel and Highline Information.

Learn more about the New River Gorge Bridge in the WV New River Gorge Bridge Facts and History section. For the visual learner, be sure to check out our gallery for Photos of Bridge Day, to get an idea of what this festival's all about.

Festival Rules

NO Dogs.

NO Backpacks, coolers, folding chairs or large handbags.

NO Bicycles, skates, skateboards, strollers or wagons.

NO Weapons, Fireworks, Illegal Drugs, or Alcoholic Beverages.

You may ride your bike or walk down into the gorge. Just keep in mind it is a 4+ mile distance one way and that you yield the road to motorized vehicles.