Go “Into the Gorge” on Bridge Day!

What’s better than watching BASE jumpers from the New River Gorge Bridge? How about sitting in the canyon itself, 900 feet below! Here’s how.

Into the Gorge shuttle rides

It’s a sight like no other: BASE jumpers soaring right towards you. Skimming the New River, they meet the landing zone, one after the other.

Would you like to be at the scene of the action? Just take an “Into the Gorge” shuttle ride on Bridge Day! For $25 a ticket, you’ll get a priceless perspective like no other. Abus will take you down into the Gorge and drop you off, providing you with the opportunity to watch Bridge Day from a completely different angle. Pack a lunch, sit near the 876-foot-high New River Gorge Bridge and soak up glorious autumn foliage while you watch BASE jumpers fly. If you look carefully, you’ll also spot rappellers. This is your best opportunity to see them, dangling below the Bridge. There’s no time limit for how long you can stay in the Gorge, but it’s recommended that you get on the bus to come back up to the bridge by 3 pm.

Energizing and uplifting, it’s an experience to treasure. Kids really get a kick out of it, too.

So how do you reserve that shuttle ride?

It’s easy. Call the Fayette Chamber of Commerce at 304-465-5617. Spaces are limited and always sell out before Bridge Day. If you think friends or family members want to tag along, now’s the time to order those tickets!

What do you think is better: viewing BASE jumpers from above or below? Why? Share your thoughts with us!

 

 

 

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The latest whitewater thrill?

A theme park is coming to the New River Gorge!

In the near future, rides will replace traditional whitewater rafting on the New River. It’s a proposal that should promote tourism and the wild outdoors, all at once.

A historic game changer

West Virginia’s popularity as an adventure destination has never been better. And the New River Gorge water park will be newest gem in tourism’s crown.

Though concrete details are still forthcoming, it is understood that an amusement park developer will have rights to whitewater from Hinton to Thurmond.

“It’s definitely controversial,” reported a source who attended a secret meeting last week. “Lots of hot air. But this will be the biggest, wildest thing to hit Wild, Wonderful West Virginia.”

A conference member also spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“Several folks freaked out when we mentioned installing rides and stuff in the river,” he said. “I thought, ‘Man, there’s no way we’re gonna make it back home.’ Fortunately, we managed to see both sides of the issue and come to an understanding.”

A concept photo shows some of the changes coming to the New River, featuring the region’s mascot New River George.

Taming the rapids

Given the last-minute nature of this development, it’s hard to determine the scope of this project.

Here is what we’ve learned so far.:

  • Underwater monorail system: Rafts, affixed to a rail, will take tourists from the Upper to the Lower New. Everybody can therefore experience the river’s Class V rapids.
  • Vendors: Several select merchants and food truck owners will be allowed to serve tourists as they wait to board the rafts.
  • New River George: The New River Gorge’s mascot will become the MC of the park, “much like Mickey Mouse’s role at Disneyland,” according to a local visitors bureau.
  • Safety: The mechanical rafts will come with seatbelts. Several boulders will also have submerged “bumpers.”

Portions of the New River will remain free from development. As of now, hikers and nature lovers will be free to explore regions above Hinton.

Thumbs up, thumbs down

News about the water park has yet to be fully released. Only insiders have given us a few hints. But when we talked to folks about river rides, their reactions ranged the emotional spectrum.

Some were stunned. Others— especially out-of-state visitors— expressed surprise; they believed whitewater rafts were already on a rail.

Nichole Knudsen, a teenager from Ohio, approved. “Whitewater rides? That sounds amazing.”

What’s your reaction?

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