The “not so” New River

The New River Gorge bridge is probably the most famous landmark of the park. Even though its a huge steel man made object it actually complements the natural scenery, in my opinion. Prior to its opening in 1977 the drive to cross the river took 45 minutes across narrow, winding roads. The bridge shortened that drive to about 45 seconds now and opened up the economy of the area to the nation. There’s one day a year when the bridge is shut down known as “Bridge Day”, people can base jump off the side of the bridge and land right where I took this photo; New River Gorge is the only national park that allows base jumping to take place on its land. I don’t think I will be partaking in jumping off a bridge, even with a parachute!

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