Spanning the Gorge
New River Gorge National River
— National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
With the opening of the iconic New River Gorge Bridge on October 22, 1977, the challenge of getting across the 876 foot deep gorge was solved. The bridge dramatically decreased travel time. A 45 minute winding drive down and back up suddenly became a 45 second trip across the top. This gave the local communities easier access to work, shops, schools, and families across the river. The bridge is the longest steel arch span in the western hemisphere and today, the third highest bridge in the United States. Enjoy the view of the bridge and one of the world's oldest rivers, the New River, below it.
The height of the bridge is 876 feet. That's high enough
for the Statue of Liberty to stand underneath it twice
atop the Washington Monument with 20 feet to spare.
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 4.2′ N, 81° 4.733′ W. Marker is in Fayetteville
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Growth of an Era (within shouting distance of this marker); From Coal Mining to Rock Climbing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New River Gorge Bridge (about 700 feet away); Smoke, Coke, Coal, and Kaymoor (approx. 0.2 miles away); New River Gorge Scenic Drives (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Deceptive Forest (approx. 0.2 miles away); New River (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fayetteville.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.