New River Gorge Tour
New River Gorge Tour
Drive Dates: Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18
Total Drive Distance: 152 miles
Estimated total tour duration: 6 hours
An unforgettable experience awaits as we drive the twisty roads along the Midland Trail through West Virginia’s white-water territory to visit the New River Gorge Bridge, a steel arch bridge 3,030 feet long spanning the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Along the way, we will stop at West Virginia’s Babcock State Park; its 4,127 acres of rhododendron-lined trails and rippling, rock-strewn streams is one of West Virginia’s most iconic locations. Located 20 miles south of the New River Gorge Bridge, the park is most known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill, a fully functional replica of the original Cooper’s Mill, located nearby.
The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the highest vehicular bridges in the world and is currently the third-highest in the United States. With an arch 1,700 feet long, the Bridge was for many years the world's longest single-span arch bridge; it is now the fifth-longest. In 2013, the New River Gorge Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, an average of 16,200 motor vehicles cross this famous bridge every day.
After driving into the New River Gorge, we will pass under and then across the New River Gorge Bridge and shortly after, we will arrive at Adventures on the Gorge. Our lunch site, Smokey’s Cast Iron Grill, is perched on the rim of the New River Gorge and will offer us casual dining with an amazing view. Smokey’s is named after Dana “Smokey” Morton, one of the Adventures on the Gorge’s bus drivers, who shuttled adventurers to and from their adventures for many years. He passed away in 1988, but long-time visitors still remember his long handlebar mustache, warm smile, and mischievous eyes.
Our tour officially ends after lunch. For those who wish to return to The Greenbrier together, the tour leaders will depart shortly after lunch for a leisurely drive back to the resort.
You may also wish to stay in the Fayette County area and explore on your own. Other adventures in the area include white water rafting, zip-lining, horseback riding and you can even walk the “Bridge Walk” - a 24-inch-wide steel catwalk under the New River Gorge Bridge roadway that is 850 feet above the water below.