We are here to help you get the most out of your Bridge Day experience with a weekend of fun lined up. Stay in the heart of all the action in Fayetteville!
WHAT IS BRIDGE DAY?
Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest single-day festival and one of the largest extreme sports events in the world. Held annually every third Saturday in October on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia, this is the only day each year thousands of spectators can walk across the bridge and watch as BASE jumpers get their chance to fly 876 feet into the Gorge below and rappelers ascend and descend from the catwalk. Come and enjoy the view from the bridge, one of the best overlooks in the New River Gorge!
The first step to a successful Bridge Day is finding somewhere to stay and Fayetteville is the center of the fun. As Bridge Day nears lodging books up fast so now is the time to secure your lodging if you have not already. If you are staying in town there is a Bridge Day shuttle stop right in front of the Fayette County Court House in the center of town and at Fayetteville PK-8 school off Maple Ave.
NEW- Clear Bags Allowed
Clear backpacks and clear handbags will be allowed at Bridge Day (subject to search). To prepare for the event, purchase your own clear bag on the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce website or in person at the Fayette County Chamber office.
These bags will also be available to purchase at participating shuttle stop locations (cash only and while supplies last).
What to Wear
We encourage visitors to dress in layers. Fall can be cool and damp, but the fun continues no matter the weather. Warm layers and comfy shoes make for an enjoyable experience.
Taste of Bridge Day at Adventures on the Gorge
Adventures on the Gorge, 219 Chestnutburg RD, Lansing WV 25862
The Canyon Rim Rotary Club organizes the annual Taste of Bridge Day festival at Adventures on the Gorge. This is a family-friendly event that showcases the area’s finest restaurants and caterers, who offer samples of their menu specialties. The event allows thousands of visitors to enjoy wonderful food, local artwork, and live music. Food samples range from $1.00 to $8.00 and tickets may be purchased online or at the gate. Funds raised from this event benefit the local Canyon Rim Rotary Club in their community service projects and numerous donations to local charitable organizations. All proceeds go directly back to the local community!
Live Music with Johnathan Sartin at the Southside Junction Tap House
Southside Junction Tap House 101 S Court St Fayetteville 25840
Johnathan Sartin is BACK! Newcomer to the Tap House has taken off and been requested back! We have added more tables to the restaurant & have switched the stage around! Come check it out! Music starts at 7:30pm get there early to grab a sea
Official Bridge Day Schedule (Official Bridge Day 2022 Information — Bridge Day)
- 7:00 AM: Route 19 Closes to traffic. Detour Begins
- 7:15 AM: ASWV’s Bridge Day 5K Racers arrive at designated pickup spots
- 8:30 AM: Buses begin transporting 5k racers to starting line
- 8:30 AM: Shuttles begin at designated lots
- 9:00 AM: Bridge Day Begins
- 9:00 AM: Bridge Day 5K Race begins
- 9:00 AM: Into The Gorge bus rides start (SOLD OUT)
- 1:30 PM: Into The Gorge bus rides end
- 3:00 PM: Bridge Day ends
- 3:00 PM: Bridge Day chili cookoff in downtown Fayetteville
- 5:00 PM: Route 19 re-opens. Detour ends
Active Southern WV Bridge Day 5K Run
Don’t miss your once-a-year opportunity to run across the New River Gorge Bridge on October 15th, 2022. Active SWV’s Bridge Day 5K course starts on the North side of the NRG Bridge and gives runners the chance to take in the vast views from the bridge while running south towards the Court Street finish line in the town of Fayetteville. Sign-ups max out at 500 racers, so make sure to secure your spot now! After the race, stick around for all of the Official Bridge Day festivities!
This is a run only event. No walking allowed due to restricted road closures with the Official Bridge Day event.
The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN provides the highest level of quality, safety, and accommodation possible for participants. Each racer has a responsibility to understand event logistics and follow security guidelines. Please read all event details to ensure a smooth race experience. This event is very important to Active SWV and the Kids Run Clubs & Community Captains it supports.
Shuttle Bus Locations
We recommend utilizing the Bridge Day Shuttles and avoiding long walks to the festivities.
South – Fayette Landing Shopping Center
565 Mall Rd Oak Hill, WV 25901
The bus stop will be located on the south side of the median just past AT&T, at the far end of the median from the store.
South – Fayetteville Wal-Mart
204 Town Center Fayetteville WV 25840
The bus stop will be located at the far left side of WalMart.
South – Fayetteville High School
515 W Maple Ave Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop is right at the entrance to the gravel parking area. The buses turn around in front of the school and stop to pick up at the entrance to the upper gravel area.
South – Fayetteville Court House
100 N Court St Fayetteville, WV 25840
The bus stop will be across from the Court House on Maple Avenue in front of Marathon Bicycle and Southside Junction.
North – Smales Branch Road
1175 Smales Branch Rd Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop in front of the Lighthouse Worship Center.
North – Midland Trail High School
Intersection of Route 19 & U S Route 60 Hico, WV 25854
The bus will stop at the school parking lot.
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Bridge Day Chili Cook-off & Craft Beer Festival
Downtown on Court Street in front of Fayette County Courthouse
Things are heating up in Fayetteville with the 11th Annual Bridge Day Chili Cook-off! Have fun at Bridge Day, then come to Historic Downtown Fayetteville, stop by to taste and to help judge some of the best chili samples from around the region from mild to wild! Admission and parking are FREE, but there is a charge for chili tasting tickets and beer tickets.
Enjoy live music with the Long Point String Band, delicious chili, activities for the kids and more! Help us Crown this year’s Chili King or Queen with the People’s choice vote, bead your favorite chef!
Cook off Schedule:
Registration and Set-up 1:30pm-2:30p.m
Live Music beginning at 2p.m
Tasting, Judging, Voting 3:00pm-5:00pm
1st Place $600
2nd Place $400
People’s Choice $150
Best Decorated booth $50
Best Cornbread $100
5 Chili Tasting Tickets $5
Help us pull off an epic Chili Cook-off by sponsoring our event.
Chili Cookoff Registration Trifold22022
Where Can I park in Fayetteville?
It is a Saturday, so visitors can utilize the Board of Education lot off of Fayette Ave in blue and the Bus Garage lot off Fayette Ave in addition to all of the places listed on the parking map.
The Outpost Bridge Day Festival
The Outpost New River Gorge 843 Fayette Station Rd
Adventures on the Gorge Bridge Day After Party
Adventures on The Gorge 219 Chestnutburg Rd, Lansing 25862
Join us at Rendezvous River Lodge and keep the celebration going after Bridge Day! On October 15th, The Wild Rumpus, The Boatmen, and Lazy Salty Dog will be playing on the Rendezvous Stage. Don’t miss BMX demos sponsored by our friends at Monster Energy in the Mill Creek Campus parking lot, they’ll be handing out swag and Monster flavors that you may have never seen before! See you this Bridge Day!
We’ll have 20 beers on draft, all from West Virginia breweries! Sample some of your favorites or try something new.
Cantrells Bridge Day Celebration
Cantrells Ultimate Rafting 49 Cantrell Dr
Ace Adventure Resort After Bridge Day Party
Ace Adventure Resort
The Mighty Good Times
Vern’s Pot O’ Chili
FREE MUSIC this Saturday at the Lost Paddle Lounge at ACE Adventure Resort with The Appalachian Outlaws, a high energy southern rock and outlaw country band from Central Ohio.
If that isn’t enough, see if you can tame Bruizer the Mechanical Bull. ONLY $5 to ride ALL NIGHT!