Bridge Trail

A short hike near Fayetteville with unique views from below the New River Gorge Bridge.

Hiking Moderate

Distance
2.1 km
Ascent
148 m
Descent
148 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
448 m
High Point
532 m
Gradient
Bridge Trail Map

The Bridge Trail is one of the best short hikes near Fayetteville to see the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. Rocky and steep at times, the trail offers unique and intimate views of the bridge, which the park proudly considers to be "the most photographed place in West Virginia." Those seeking an easier view of the bridge will want to consider the Canyon Rim Boardwalk instead.

Description

By itself, the trail is less than 1.5-miles to the bridge, a 2-hour round-trip hike at most. Once you reach the bridge, simply find a spot to relax or unpack your gear and try your hand photographing the massive engineering marvel. Just think - before its completion, someone would have to drive upwards of 40 minutes to get from one side of the New to the other! And today, we simply drive over it in under a minute.

For a longer day on the trail, the Bridge Trail ends at a junction with the Fayetteville Trail, where you could continue hiking to Station Road, Kaymoor Trail, or plan a longer outing on one of the many Fayetteville Area Trails. If you have two vehicles and a little bit of creativity, a point-to-point shuttle ending elsewhere in the park could be an option.

NPS

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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