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Walking Where Birds Fly

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Walking where birds fly is possible at the New River Gorge Bridge.

Being 851 feet above the 2nd oldest river in the world will give you some of the best views West Virginia has to offer.

I am not the biggest fan of heights and if you share my fear then you will be glad to know that looking down is optional.

“More than anything else is the panoramic view.  People who come look out in amazement,” said Benjy Simpson, managing member of Bridge Walk.

You will also learn interesting facts about the bridge on your tour.

“The most interesting fact is that you have that four and a half foot hump.  You go up and then you go down and that enables the bridge to move,” said Benjy.

And sometimes when taking the tour you will get more than you bargained for.

Benjy says “It is hard to believe, but we have had seven engagements up on the bridge, everyone in the group always asks did she say yes!”

There are only two days throughout the year when tours aren’t offered and that is Thanksgiving and Christmas day.  All other days Bridge Walk is open for tours rain or shine.

Benjy says “weather can be a challenge when doing tours in the rain.  People say why don’t you cancel?  Why would we?  Yesterday it rained cats and dogs and we had a tour out there and the person came back and loved every minute of it.”

You can find out more about the Bridge Walk Tours by visiting bridgewalk.com



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Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him.


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