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The Gauley Bridge, at the junction of the New and Gauley Rivers, was the key to the Kanawha Valley during the Civil War. In November 1861, Union General W.S. Rosecrans defeated Confederate General John B. Floyd, a victory that assured the Union control of western Virginia. Stone piers of the old bridge, which were destroyed by retreating Confederate in 1861, can be seen near the present-day bridge.
The Gauley Bridge community offers an auto service center, churches for all faiths, U.S. post office, bank, public library, hotels, and more. Visitors to the community can enjoy a magnificent view of the mountains while watching the New and Gauley Rivers merge to form the Kanawha River. If you enjoy fishing, don't forget to bring your tackle box!
Kanawha Falls is located on the Kanawha River alongside US Route 60 about a mile west of Gauley Bridge and the campground and about 21 miles east of I-64/77. The site is a popular fishing spot, and the falls are only 15' high, but they are very wide. The falls are broken into a number of distinct sections depending on the water levels. There is a low dam above the falls.
Cathedral Falls is located near the community of Gauley Bridge at mile 38 of US Route 60 (less than a mile east of the campground). View this 60-foot cataract as it roars into its own little cathedral cut into the rock over time. There is parking and a few covered shelters with a picnic table.
The New River Gorge Bridge is a steel-arched bridge in Fayetteville, WV located about 16 miles from the campground. With a length of 3,030 ft (924 m), it was for many years the longest of its type in the world . Its arch extends 1,700 ft (518 m). Part of U.S. Highway 19, the bridge is crossed by an average of 16,200 vehicles per day.
The New River Gorge Bridge carries U.S. Highway 19 over the New River at a height of 876 ft (267 m), making it the highest vehicular bridge in both North and South America and the second highest in the world. Prior to the 2004 opening of the Millau Viaduct in France, it was the highest in the world.
The bridge is the centerpiece of Fayette County's Bridge Day, during which the bridge is closed to vehicular traffic. This festival takes place each year on the third Saturday in October and includes demonstrations of rappeling, ascending and base jumping. The bridge is within the New River Gorge National River,and the National Park Service operates a visitor center at the northern end of the bridge with scenic overlooks and a staircase that partially descends into the gorge.