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Bridge Day 
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Bridge Day Festival

When Bridge Day arrives, more than 200,000 people converge over the course of the day to take part the day-long festival, West Virginia's largest one-day outdoor event, held on the New River Gorge Bridge near Fayetteville, WV.

Bridge Day is observed on the third Saturday in October,  the time of year when the fall colors of the New River Gorge are typically at their peak. In 2004, Bridge Day will be observed on October 16, 2004.

Bridge Day was first celebrated in 1980, to commemorate the completion of the New River Gorge Bridge. Since that time, the annual festival has grown to include parachutists jumping from the Bridge to the river below, rappellers dangling from ropes under the bridge, over 200 vendors selling food and arts and crafts, and fantastic entertainment. All of this combined with the spectacular Fall foliage of the New River Gorge and the sheer size of the crowd of over 200,000 makes for an unforgettable experience.

Hotels near Bridge Day 

West Virginia's Bridge Day Festival attracts thousands to the New River Gorge region. Several hotels cluster near Fayetteville, WV, near the New River Gorge Bridge. Other motels and hotels near the New River Gorge Bridge can be found further south along U.S. 19 between Oak Hill, WV and Beckley, WV. To the north, you'll find several motels and hotels near Summersville, WV.   See our New River Gorge map for more information on area cities and towns.

Plan early!  The New River Gorge lodging establishments are typically booked solid well in advance of Bridge Day.  Use the form below to search for available room near the Bridge Day Festival.

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Bridge Day 2004

The official 2004 Bridge Day festivities take place during a 3-day period, beginning Friday, running through Sunday.  The Bridge Day Festival itself begins at 9:00 PM on Saturday, October 16th.  Find out more about this year's Bridge Day Festival by visiting WVBridgeDay.com.

Maps and Directions
View and download a variety of maps of the New River Gorge Bridge, and Fayetteville, WV area, including maps of parks, highways and Bridge Day detours, and review information on driving times from your location to the Bridge Day Festival.

Other Things to Do
In addition to the festival itself, there are many beautiful places to see and plenty of exciting things to do in the Fayetteville, WV area, including: mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, and canoeing, to name just a few!

BASE Jumpers
BASE is an acronym for the four types of fixed objects from which they may leap -- buildings, antennas, spans, earth. Jumpers must show up several days before the festival for gear checks and mandatory meetings. Not just anyone can leap from the bridge: jumpers must register months in advance and must make 50 prior skydives or "BASE jumps."
 
 

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