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Scaling the Heights in West Virginia

By Linda Tancs

At a dizzying 876-foot drop to the river below, West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the second highest in the United States. Located on U. S. Route 19 just north of Fayetteville, the engineering marvel (featured on the state’s commemorative quarter issued in 2005) lures visitors to cross the catwalk, jump and rappel each October on the third Saturday, Bridge Day. Afraid of heights? No worries. Enjoy the farmer’s market, cornbread and chili cook-off and car show, to name just a few events.  The jumpers and rappelers could no doubt use a little moral support, too.


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