The day after we viewed the New River Gorge bridge from below via jet boat, we decided to take a hike to view the gorge from the cliffs above. On Sunday, the boys and I hiked the Endless Wall Trail, which took us on a path above the cliffs and the mighty New River, some 1,000 feet below.
It was a gorgeous hike that began with a walk through tall trees and giant rhododendrons.
The hike took us to the overlook at Diamond Point:
Banjo is not a fan of heights:
While we were checking out the overlook, we heard the sound of voices below - which we thought were just people goofing around. A few seconds later, Spiderwoman herself climbed over the edge of the cliff, swearing up a storm. This was the most in-shape, muscled woman I have ever seen!
After the hike, we piled in the cars for a scenic drive down old Route 82 which winds down the gorge and ultimately crosses the river under the New River Gorge Bridge.
Fayette Station Bridge is the old bridge and the predecessor to the New River Gorge Bridge. This bridge was originally built in 1889, but was closed to traffic and left to deteriorate in 1978, after the new bridge was built. It was reconstructed in 1997. It originally took 45 minutes to cross the New River using the route over this bridge. You can now cross the New River in less than a minute via the New River Gorge Bridge.
The Fayette Station Bridge.