DescriptionSettled in 1818, Fayetteville was named for Marquis de Lafayette in 1837. A historical marker on the town lawn identifies Fayetteville as the site where the military tactic of indirect firing—the shooting over friendly troops into enemy positions beyond—was first used during the Civil War.
Fayetteville's proximity to the New and Gauley rivers has made it a center for recreation. Both these rivers are famous for their challenging white-water rapids, which are considered some of the best in the country.
Northeast of Fayetteville is the New River Gorge Bridge, one of the longest steel-arch span bridges in the world and one of the highest bridges in the nation. The arch spans 1,700 feet, while the bridge itself stretches 3,030 feet across the gorge. At 876 feet, it is 321 feet higher than the Washington Monument.
Extreme sports fanatics gather in Fayetteville the third Saturday in October for the New River Gorge Bridge Day. Close to 80,000 spectators watch as hundreds of BASE jumpers, rappel teams and high line riders leap, jump and descend from the bridge.
Fayetteville lies along scenic US 19, which runs 45 miles from the West Virginia Turnpike/I-77 at Bradley to I-79 near Sutton.
Visitor InfoHistoric Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau 310 N. Court St. FAYETTEVILLE, WV 25840. Phone:(304)574-1500 or (888)574-1500
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