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About Fayetteville

The small town of Fayetteville, West Virginia, draws visitors not only for its stunning mountain scenery and outdoor activities but also because of its imposing steel-arch bridge, The New River Gorge Bridge.

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About Fayetteville

Originally called Vandalia, Fayetteville takes its current name from the Marquis de Lafayette, a revolutionary war hero who visited the area in the early 1800s. While the town grew thanks to its mining industry, today it is tourism that’s helping this county seat to thrive.

The New River Gorge Bridge, constructed in 1977, was once the largest steel-arch bridge on the planet, until the construction of a bridge in Shanghai. Today, it remains the longest arch bridge in the Western hemisphere, and the views from it are really quite spectacular.

Fayetteville is renowned for its scenic countryside and wealth of outdoor activities, as well as its historic downtown district. while you’re here, relax in a local restaurant with some BBQ food or Cajun specialties – most places are family-friendly and you'll find restaurants catering for all budgets.

What to do

Shop for local produce at the Fayette County Farmers Market or stroll around the historic downtown district with its shops, restaurants and galleries. While you’re here, catch a show at the Fayette Theatre.

Get out of town to Hawks Nest State Park or Babcock State Park where you can go hiking, mountain biking, climbing, fishing, canoeing or kayaking. There’s also plenty of opportunities for watersports, such as white water rafting, or you could saddle up and explore the county’s many horse trails. You could even enjoy a llama trek!

Mountain bike tours of the area’s trails are a popular way to spend a day out with the kids, with guided tours available to suit all ages and abilities.

For days out from Fayetteville, why not head for Beckley, just a 30-minute drive away, where you can do some shopping, or drive west to Charleston, the state capital?

Top Travel tips

The nearest airports to Fayetteville are Beckley Raleigh County Memorial (27 miles) for domestic flights and Port Columbus International (218 miles) for international flights.

Come here in October and you can enjoy ‘Bridge Day’ on the third Saturday of the month. The bridge opens to the public for organized walks, with amazing views and the opportunity to watch rappelling and parachuting demos (from a height of 876 feet!) with live music and a range of stalls.

Whatever outdoor activities you’re into, you’ll be able to enjoy an active family vacation or action-packed retreat for two on your trip to Fayetteville.

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