Bridge Walk offers a truly unique, safe and low impact adventure crossing the New River Gorge within the structure of the third highest vehicle carrying bridge in North America.
Bridge Walk Facts
Catwalk tours are offered daily at just $69 per person.
Bridge Walk offers tours every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, and will also be closed the third Friday and Saturday in October due to Bridge Day weekend activities.
The tours are 2-3 hours in length.
Bridge Walk welcomes all eligible participants who are willing and able to walk 1.5 miles. Bridge Walk participants must be at least 48-inches tall, 10 years or older and have a waist size less than 52-inches.
After checking in at our headquarters, Bridge Walk participants will be shuttled to the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Centeron the North side of the Bridge. A short path leads to the Bridge where visitors will enter the catwalk in the midst of the massive iron structure.
The catwalk is 24” wide with a substantial railing.
Before beginning the tour, guests will be securely fastened onto a safety cable making it impossible to fall from the bridge during a Bridge Walk tour.
Participants will walk the entire 3,030 foot length of the bridge 851 feet above the river and then ascend a trail to road level where they will be shuttled back to the Bridge Walk headquarters.
Bridge tours move along at a leisurely pace and there is plenty of time to stop for photos, and to discuss features of the Bridge, Gorge and Park with your guide.
Bridge Walk was founded in 2009 as a cooperative effort between the National Park Service, the WV Division of Highways, and the partners that make up Bridge Walk LLC.
The catwalk has been an existing structure of the bridge since its original construction, and Bridge Walk LLC saw an opportunity to give unique tours across the walkway. Creating Bridge Walk only required a simple shuttle system, improving the trail access, and installing an innovative safety system for guests making it impossible for tour guests to fall off the bridge.
New River Gorge Facts
The New River Gorge Bridge was designed by the Michael Baker Company under the direction of Chief Engineer Clarence V. Knudsen, and erected by U. S. Steel’s American Bridge Division.
Most of the 22,000 tons of structural steel for the Bridge Project was fabricated at the American Bridge Division’s Ambridge, Pa., plant.
All of the structural steel used for the New River Gorge Bridge is USS COR-TEN Steel, which oxides with age and gives the Bridge its dark russet color. More than 88 million pounds of steel and concrete were incorporated into the structure of the New River Gorge Bridge.
The New River Gorge Bridge took three years to complete and cost nearly 37 million dollars. Construction began on the Bridge in June of 1974, and was completed on October 22, 1977.
Because of the chosen arch design and the depth of the gorge, steel was moved into position by trolleys running on cables that spanned the gorge.
The New River Gorge bridge is 876 feet above the New River and is 3,030 feet in length. It is the second largest single span steel arch in the Western Hemisphere, and the highest vehicle carrying bridge in the United States.
West Virginia residents voted for the New River Gorge Bridge to be featured on their state quarter in 2005.