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About Bridge Day

Bridge Day, one of 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.

Next year’s Bridge Day Festival takes place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The 876′ tall New River Gorge Bridge, serves as the launch point for six hours (9am-3pm EST) of safe, legal BASE jumps.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.

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 or wagons.
  • NO Weapons, Fireworks, Illegal Drugs, or Alcoholic Beverages.
  • NO Quadcopters.

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.