If the spectacular natural beauty of New River Gorge National River isn’t enough for you, plan your visit for the third Saturday in October, when the park’s famous New River Gorge Bridge opens to pedestrians for Bridge Day.
Hosted by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, the annual festival features food, vendors, and activities like BASE jumping, rappelling, and the High Line—a 700-foot ride down a rope from the bridge’s catwalk down to State Route 82. Courage (not experience) and early registration are the only requirements to ride the High Line. New River Gorge is also one of the country’s top destinations for climbing and rafting, with the lower, northern section of the river kicking up Class III–V rapids. And while there’s a lot to thrill adrenaline junkies here, New River Gorge also has plenty of hiking trails for all abilities, as well as soothing scenic drives.
October 15, New River Gorge Bridge, 130 Laurel Creek Rd., Fayetteville, West Virginia, officialbridgeday.com/new-river-gorge/