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Bridge Day is Saturday, October 20, 2018

Bridge Day Rappel Press Release 2017


2018 Bridge Day Rappel Guidelines (PDF)

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2018 Bridge Day Rappel Team Registration

Team Registration April 4 – April 30

Individual Registration April 30 – June 26

2018 Bottom Pass & Rappel Registration

Individual Registration Dates: 

Register April 30 – June 26

Late Register September 1 – 16 

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Bridge Day

Bridge Day is the largest one-day festival in West Virginia. On the third Saturday in October, the Fayette County Plateau Chamber of Commerce hosts Bridge Day to commemorate the October, 1977 completion of the New River Gorge Bridge. The first official Bridge Day was celebrated in 1980. October 15, 2016 will be the 37th annual Bridge Day.

The New River Gorge Bridge is the world's third longest steel arch bridge with a main span of 1,700 feet. At 876 feet above the New River, the New River Gorge Bridge is the third highest bridge in the United States and the thirteenth highest bridge in the world.

Bridge Day is unique in that it is the only day visitors may walk across the bridge. BASE jumpers are permitted to parachute off the bridge. Rappellers are allowed to descend and ascend fixed ropes. Vendors line both ends of the bridge selling stained glass, crafts, shirts, photos, and refreshments. Bridge Day is West Virginia's largest one-day festival and is rated one of the top 100 festivals in North America.

Screen Shot 2016 03 23 at 11.04.49 AMThe Bridge Day High Line gives the general public the opportunity to be a Bridge Day participant. Both rappelling and BASE jumping require skill, experience, and equipment.

The first New River Gorge Bridge High Line was in 1994. In 2001, when Bridge Day was cancelled, there was a 2,200’ high line rigged near the New River Gorge Bridge that extended across the New River Gorge. This will be the 17th Bridge Day High Line with over 1,800 riders.

The high line rider will glide from the New River Gorge Bridge’s catwalk to State Route 82. Your speed will be controlled by a belayer. You will drop 300 vertical feet while sliding 600-700’.

There are limited spaces and registration can be closed at a moment’s notice. Reservations are first come, first serve.” You must pay at the time you register accepting that there are no refunds for whatever reason. Someone may take your space if we are notified by October 1, 2016

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2018 Bridge Day High Line Guidelines




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2018 High Line Registration

Register March 1 – October 15

There are limited spaces available.



WARNING:   Rappelling is an inherently dangerous sport. Through training & education you can effectivelymanagerisks, but you can never entirelyeliminatethem.  The Bridge Day Rappelis one of the greatest adventure opportunities in the world.  However, it is not without risk.