The New River Gorge Bridge is the 13th highest bridge in the world! While dare devils come from near and far on the one day out of the year where jumping and rappelling off of it is legal, at almost any other given day, tour guides like Doug Coleman give visitors and locals a scenic view while going across the Bridge Walk.
While the 3,030 ft long platform was not always meant to for tours, Coleman tells us it’s a part of the bridge’s original structure.
“They began to piece the bridge together in June of 1974, October of 1977 the bridge was complete and the cat walk was complete, it’s maintenance catwalk,” Coleman said, “It’s still used these days by maintenance workers.”
Now it’s used to give people a top notch experience on one of the greatest landmarks in the Mountain State. Yes, it is walking under a bridge, but it’s the safest thing you’ll probably do in your day.
Guests are harnessed up and secure before being bussed near the platform to get hooked on to the cable that runs along the top of the rails.
“We have the world’s longest continued safety system,” Coleman added. In the eight and a half years that Bridge Walk has been offering tours, there have been no accidents, no injuries no incidents.”
While moving along the platform, Coleman pointed out some of the many unique structures that help a bridge stand, like expanding joints and beams that keep the bridge swaying steady, some of them you can even feel yourself.
And while the raging New River is a sight in itself, Coleman points guests in the direction of some other great views, only this walk can offer like long point hiking destination.
Before you know it, you’ve seen it all, and reached the finish line.