The Mountain State is home to many, many bridges that help us get from here to there with relative ease. From charming covered bridges to footbridges with amazing views, these water crossings are loaded with history. But none in West Virginia is more noteworthy than the Wheeling Suspension Bridge. This structure once held the title of the largest suspension bridge in the world and today is the nation’s oldest vehicular suspension bridge still in use. Let’s learn a bit about the world’s largest suspension bridge in West Virginia, shall we?

Please note: the Wheeling Suspension Bridge is currently closed to traffic for renovations; however, it remains a fascinating place to admire and learn about!

Have you ever driven or walked across this old suspension bridge in West Virginia? Did you know WV had such a cool claim to fame?

If you are a Mountain State bridge hunter, you’ll also want to check out these 10 amazing bridges in West Virginia. Looking for places to stay in Wheeling during your next visit? Then check out these Booking hotel options.

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What are some other iconic bridges in West Virginia?

While the Wheeling Suspension Bridge in West Virginia once held the title of the world's largest suspension bridge, it's not the only iconic bridge in the Mountain State. Ever seen the New River Bridge? We recommend you do! It's legendary!

  • The New River has been a designated National River since the 1970s; and in December 2020, New River Gorge was re-designated from a National River to a National Park and Preserve. This river defines one of the most resplendent -- and oft-overlooked -- regions in the country.
  • The New River National Park and Preserve was the first addition to the National Park system since 2018, and it is the only Park and Preserve combination in the contiguous U.S. The river is the face of the park, with its New River Gorge Bridge providing the most awe-inspiring welcome to visitors. It's the longest single-span arched bridge in the nation, stretching 1,700 jaw-dropping feet. In total, the National Park portion of New River Gorge spans over 7,000 acres, and the river is the heart and soul of it all; 320 miles of rushing and roaring grandeur that's wholly wild and wonderful -- just like the Mountain State herself.

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