Welcome to West Virginia's largest single-day festival! Every third Saturday in October, thousands of people gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia to watch daredevils BASE jump into the Gorge below. You ready?

When: Saturday October 19, 2019, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, WV

Event Schedule


Event Map

Active SWV Bridge day 5k

The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN starts on the New River Gorge Bridge and finished in downtown Fayetteville, WV on October 19, 2019. The start line adrenaline is amplified by the stunning views of the New River Gorge! Sponsored by West Virginia University Institute of Technology and the Anthem Foundation. Proceeds benefit free Kids Run Clubs in the New River Gorge Region.

Parking and Shuttles

The best way to get to the bridge on Bridge Day is to take one of the shuttles. Park your car and for $3 we will drop you off at the Bridge Day entrance.

Catch a Bridge Day shuttle at any of the following locations:

South – Fayette Landing Shopping Center
565 Mall Rd Oak Hill, WV 25901
The bus stop will be located on the south side of the median just past AT&T, at the far end of the median from the store.

South – Fayetteville Wal-Mart
204 Town Center Fayetteville WV 25840
The bus stop will be located at the far left side of WalMart.

South – Fayetteville High School
515 W Maple Ave Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop is right at the entrance to the gravel parking area. The buses turn around in front of the school and stop to pick up at the entrance to the upper gravel area.

South – Fayetteville Court House
100 N Court St Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop will be across from the Court House on Maple Avenue in front of Marathon Bicycle and Southside Junction.

North – Smales Branch Road
1175 Smales Branch Rd Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop in front of the Lighthouse Worship Center.

North – Midland Trail High School
Intersection of Route 19 & U S Route 60 Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop at the school parking lot.

Driving Directions

The New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia is easily accessible from major interstates. It is within a days drive of 2/3 of America’s population. Download the PDF map to see the traffic plan for Bridge Day as well as major interstate routes. If you are commercial traffic, the detour for I-79 and I-64/77 are in place at 5:30 a.m. on the third Saturday in October. The bridge itself closes at 7 a.m. on the third Saturday in October. Rt. 19 is open to local traffic from Ames Heights Road on the North and Rt. 16 on the South side of the New River Gorge Bridge.

Festival Rules

  • NO dogs

  • NO backpacks, coolers, folding chairs or large handbags

  • NO bicycles, skates, skateboards or wagons

  • NO weapons, fireworks, illegal drugs, or alcoholic beverages

  • NO quadcopters/drones

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.

Fold-up strollers are allowed, but will be searched at the gate.

Please note that Bridge Day ends at 3 p.m.

Into the Gorge Shuttles

Ride a shuttle bus into the New River Gorge to watch the BASE jumpers and rappellers! Tickets are $25 and reservations are a must. To reserve a seat call the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at 304-465-5617.

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Live Stream

Can't make it out to the Bridge this year? We wish you could make it, but don't worry - you can watch the live stream to get in on all the Bridge Day action, virtually! Check back on Saturday, October 19th to watch the event live.


Bridge Day History


Bridge Day BASE jumping Photos

From the jump and free fall to landing on the riverbank below, check out some great shots from Bridge Day 2018!