The bridge has lost it's title of "longest steel-arch bridge in the world" to a new one in Shanghai!
A few numbers:
Height 876 feet
Bridge Length 3,030 feet
Arch Length 1,700 feet
The link below has a lot of the construction details.
If you happen to be on US60 going from Barboursville to Huntington, WV and you think you see a pink elephant standing out in front of a small strip of shops, you are not hallucinating.
There is a huge pink elephant (15-20feet tall), just standing on a plot of grass. Not sure if it is an advertising gimmick or what, but it sure is an eye-catcher.
to get there:
US60 (Midland Trail) starting near I-64 exit 18 (route 19) and driving west towards Huntington. I seem to remember going by a golf course but the exact location along the road has vanished from my memory.
- Road Trip
On the 3rd Saturday in October the bridge is open to pedestrians. For pictures of the various activities that take place see the link below:)
The New River Gorge was named a "National River" in 1973. It is a whitewater area of which now 53 miles are protected.
A nice place to stay to enjoy the gorge is Hawks Nest State Park.
- Hiking and Walking