About Bridge Day/New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission
Bridge Day is West Virginia's largest single-day festival and one of the largest extreme sports events in the world. Held annually every third Saturday in October on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayette County, West Virginia, this is the only day each year thousands of spectators can walk across the bridge and watch as BASE jumpers get their chance to fly 876 feet into the Gorge below and rappellers ascend and descend from the catwalk.
The WV Legislature established the New River Gorge Bridge Day Commission to sanction, coordinate and promulgate rules and regulations for the annual event. The NRGBD Commission is composed of representatives from the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Fayette County Commission, WV State Police, Town of Fayetteville, WV Division of Highways. In recent years, the Bridge Day Commission has added advisory positions from the National Park Service, the BASE, Rappel and Vendor communities.
Late Registration begins October 1st. Rates will go up so register early.
Registration closes October 15th. There will not be any registration past October 15th for security reasons.
Please note that you must upload a photo of yourself for your jumper pass. Any photo with a good face shot, preferably just of you. Take a selfie and upload it during the registration where it says "Required profile photo".
Bridge Day is the oldest and largest organized BASE jumping event in the world, held annually on the third Saturday in October in Fayetteville, WV. It also happens to be the largest one day event in the state of West Virginia, attended by 100,000 spectators who can watch a BASE jumper leap off the 876' New River Gorge Bridge every 30 seconds. On average, 400+ BASE jumpers from nearly every state and from countries as far as China gather for what is known as the biggest and most exciting extreme sports event on the planet. BASE Jumping has been a part of Bridge Day since 1980 when just a handful of BASE paritcipants, there were only a few since the sport started in 1977. By 1984 over 400 jumpers attended, as they have each and every year, making an average of 800 jumps. First time jumpers have been a big part Bridge Day since it began, and it remains that way today. Each year an average of 100 first time jumpers are attracted to it’s abundant height, managed rescue water landing, density of BASE advice, and readily accessible training. Bridge Day is a fantastic place to make your first jump, just ask the 3,000+ people who have done it!
Cancellation policy: In the event that the BASE participant decides not to attend the event when Bridge Day is still happening, there is no deferral or refund. In the event that Bridge Day is cancelled by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Bridge Day Commission, all BASE participants are entitled to a refund. There is the option for the BASE participant to apply their registration amount to 2024's Bridge Day event.