Check out for our Airbnb was 9 so we got an early start to the day for the trip back. We knew we wanted to break up the trip on the way back so we chose to stop at a good halfway point - New River Gorge, WV.
We first fell in love with New River Gorge in 2008 when we rafted the New River and Gully with friends. We have visited a few times since but have never made the commitment to spend more than a few hours there. It's only a 3.5 hour drive for us so it would be a perfect weekend getaway. Perhaps next year.
Anyway, we stopped at Subway for lunch then decided to take a little hike to the edge of the cliffs to stretch our legs and get the blood pumping before the last 3 to 4 hours home.
Every year, tens of thousands of extreme sport enthusiasts gather from around the world to watch people BASE jump from the 876 foot tall New River Gorge Bridge. The event is called Bridge Day and is held every October.
^view from the drive the under the bridge.
I am not a huge fan of heights, especially open heights, so getting too close to the edge makes me extremely nervous. However the views from the top are stunning so embracing my fear is the only way to capture the views that I did.
^views of the New River from above
^Boy am I going to miss the brilliant green in a few months.
Husband and I are already talking about returning to Asheville one day. Heck, we wouldn't even hate to live there. When we do return, I want to explore more of the trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. I loved exploring the city of Asheville, but in nature is where I belong.
Do you have a favorite place you like to stop during road trips?
Have you ever been to New River Gorge?
What about West Virginia?