Photos courtesy of Official Bridge Day.
There’s an annual event here in southern West Virginia that celebrates everything we value at Adventures on the Gorge: the outdoors, adrenaline-filled adventures, spending time with family and friends and celebrating West Virginia. If you haven’t been to Bridge Day, you should think about making plans to visit in 2011.
Bridge Day Is Coming!
Held on the third Saturday of every October, Bridge Day has been welcoming guests from all over the world for over 30 years. Just down the road from our campus sits the New River Gorge Bridge. It’s the longest steel-arch bridge in the western hemisphere, and at 876 feet from the water, it’s one of the highest too. We love our Bridge!
So here’s the thing: B.A.S.E. (buildings, antennas, spans, and earth) jumping is legal one day a year from the New River Gorge Bridge. And that day is Bridge Day. Hundreds of jumpers line up to take their leap from the edge, and thousands of spectators line up to watch them take the plunge.
Down below, rescue boats are waiting to pluck jumpers out of the water (if they miss their landing target, that is). Rafters are floating by, watching all the action. And jumpers repack their chutes and take a shuttle back to the top of the Bridge to do it all over again. 2011 is also a historic occasion. For the first time ever, guests will have the chance to win a tandem B.A.S.E. jump off the Bridge with a certified instructor.
It’s Just Down the Road From Adventures on the Gorge
If you’re staying at Adventures on the Gorge during Bridge Day, all of the action is just a short walk from campus. Besides B.A.S.E. jumping, there are plenty of food and craft vendors, displays, artists and entertainment lining either end of the Bridge. Funnel cake for everyone!
One of the coolest things you can do is plan to raft on Bridge Day. After tackling the lower New, you’ll have some time to watch Bridge Day from below as the jumpers come in for a landing.
And you can experience part of Bridge Day right here at Adventures on the Gorge. The Taste of Bridge Day is held on Friday, October 14 at Smokey’s on the Gorge. At this don’t-miss event, you’ll get the chance to sample dishes from many of the area’s unique restaurants (including those here on campus).