17 Highest Bungee Jumps in the United States

While bungee jumping may have been invented in New Zealand, the United States is home to more than a few prime bungee jumping spots where adrenaline junkies can really get their heart pumping. However, jumpers have to be careful these days. Many states in the United States have banned bungee jumping due to various accidents and deaths. Even in states where it is legal, it is still recommended that jumpers go with a recognized company for their own safety. Whether it is jumping off buildings or bridge, there are plenty of places where extreme sports enthusiast or scared, yet curious beginners can harness themselves in safely and take the dive.

Air Boingo Tower by Zero Gravity in Dallas, Texas

For those that want to start off small, the Air Boingo Tower brought to the masses by Zero Gravity Theme Park is the place to do it. This tower is located in the middle of the Metroplex and drop visitors 70 feet safely. The Air Boingo Tower was specifically designed for bungee jumping so the more apprehensive newbies to this extreme sport don’t have to worry about hitting their head or getting snagged. This is just one of the many surprising things that visitors to Dallas will find at the Zero Gravity Theme Park.

Track Family Recreation Center in Destin, Florida

The Track Family Recreation Center has all the fun that any person could want with mini golf, batting cages, go karts and, for the more daring, a bungee jumping tower. They have had everything that locals and visitors to the area could possibly want to do and now there is the more exciting attraction of bungee jumping. The tower at the Track Family Recreation Center is specifically designed for bungee jumping and allows visitors to drop an exciting 75 feet down. This is a great way to experience the sport for those that are just beginning their bungee jumping adventures.

Bungee Tower by Mount Hood Adventure Park in Government Camp, Oregon

The Mount Hood Adventure Park offers a slew of adventurous entertainment to Oregon locals and visitors alike; however the highlight of their park is their bungee tower. The bungee tower allows visitors to jump and drop 100 feet. This makes the bungee tower in Mount Hood Adventure Park the ninth highest bungee tower in the United States and the seventy-seventh highest jump off of anything in the United States. While some towers merely drop visitors from a trap door, this bungee jump tower involves a bit more effort. Visitors can full on jump, lean, dive or fall off the edge as they see fit. This method requires a bit more bravery but only enhances the rush.

Highway 21 Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Boise, Idaho

For those who are ready to graduate from tower jumping to the more exciting and scenic bridge jumping but like, don’t want to jump from anything too high, Bungee Expeditions has a good place to start in Idaho. The bridge that connects Highway 21 is located just 10 minutes from Downtown Boise. Hardcore jumpers may be put off by the small height of this bridge, but it is still crazy fun. Bungee jumpers here fall 100 feet down to the Boise River below. Visitors will dangle just a few feet above the river below and bounce just a few feet below the under structure of the bridge. Visitors should hit up this spot sooner rather than later as many rally to close this bungee jumping location.

Sierra Nevada Mountains Bridge by Bungee Adventures in Sacramento, California

Bungee Adventures leads jump groups to a variety of bridges in Northern California, from trees and cliffs to bridges, these guys will take groups to jump off of anything. The Sierra Nevada Mountains Bridge is among one of the favorites and is considered Bungee Adventures primary location. The Sierra Nevada Mountains Bridge is a railway bridge that runs between the mountains in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range next to Lake Tahoe. Though Bungee Adventures is located in Sacramento, this jump is, of course, located closer to the Nevada border. Jumpers at this bridge enjoy a brilliant 100 foot jump while taking in the beautiful mountain landscape.

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Bridge to Nowhere by Bungee America in El Segundo, California

Bridge To Nowhere

The Bridge to Nowhere is the absolute favorite of residents in Southern California. Not only is the jump thrilling but the bridge itself is an odd mystery. The Bridge to Nowhere is a lonely bridge surrounded on all sides by the Sheep Mountain Wilderness. The bridge runs over the San Gabriel River, but doesn’t connect two roads; instead it just dead ends into a mountain after the road project in the 1930’s was scrapped. Those who jump off the Bridge to Nowhere with the Bungee America company jump from the bridge in a 100 foot fall over the raging, fast moving water of the San Gabriel River and surrounded on all sides by a high walled gorge.

Royal Gorge Bridge by GoFast! Games in Canyon City, Colorado

Royal Gorge Bridge

Royal Gorge Bridge

The Royal Gorge Bridge is a massive 1,260 foot long suspension bridge that runs over the Arkansas River. This bridge towers 150 feet above the Arkansas River and up until 2003, was considered the tallest bridge in the world. However, bungee jumpers can’t just take their 150 foot plunge any time of the year. Bungee jumping and BASE jumping off this bridge are only legal during the 3 day event of the GoFast! Games, which are by invitation only. During those three extreme days, extreme sports enthusiasts jump off the bridge for a massive rush and, at times, to attempt world records.

Redwood Forest Trees by Bungee Adventures in Humboldt, California

Redwood Forest

When a bungee jumper visits a redwood forest and stares up at those tall old trees, there is only one thought they have, “I bet it would be fun to jump off that.” However, they can’t just bungee jump off of those historic trees all willy-nilly. Bungee Adventures is the only company that has legal permission to lead bungee jump trips off of a redwood. This trip is really three adventures in one. First jumpers must climb the tree, then tight rope walk between two trees and they do a huge 150 foot bungee jump off of the tree. Brave first timers are welcomed to do this, but the more seasoned bungee jumper may be more comfortable on this adventure.

Parrotts Ferry Bridge by Bungee Experience in Pioneer, California

Parrotts Ferry Bridge

The Parrotts Ferry Bridge is a reservoir bridge over the New Melones Lake reservoir in Central California’s Calaveras County. Between the clean blue waters of New Melones Lake and the green rolling hills of Central California, jumpers will not want for scenery. The bridge itself is also beautiful, if only for its simplicity. This jump, lead by the tour operator Bungee Experience takes visitors to the bridge and offers them both a safe and beautiful 180 foot jump over the waters below. While this is higher than most beginner bridge jumpers are used to, the simplicity of the bridge is rather soothing seeing as there are no extras on it that they have to worry about hitting their head on. It is encouraging for the less brave, but still a bit daunting.

Pacific Northwest Bridge by Bungee Masters in Amboy, Washington

Located just 25 miles from Seattle, the Pacific Northwest Bridge is a favorite bungee jumping location for those that enjoy it in the Emerald City. Those who want to bungee jump on their own are unlikely to find this bridge without a lot of difficulty; however the Bungee Masters company knows just where to go. The Pacific Northwest Bridge is a private bridge that offers an exciting 200 foot fall surrounded by beautiful green forest in which the state of Washington is famous for. This jump has visitors hopping over the edge and over a small river located in a deep forested gorge; it is a thrill for the more advanced jumpers.

Northern California Bridges by Icarus Bungee in Alameda, California

Icarus Bungee has a variety of tours for all levels of bungee jumpers. However, their Northern California Bridges tour takes jumpers to the highest and most exciting bridges in Northern California. On this massive tour, they take visitors to 15 different bridges that can vary depending on weather and different conditions. The highest bridge features a 220 foot drop can be located as far as five hours from their home base in San Francisco. Unfortunately, the bridges they jump from are carefully guarded trade secrets, so solo jumpers will have to find them on their own (or remember the locations from the tour). However, they really frown upon the locations being given away. These secret bridges feature beautiful Californian scenery and are often above beautiful turquoise water.

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Crooked River Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Boise, Idaho

Crooked River Bridge

Crooked River Bridge

Bungee Expeditions in Boise, Idaho takes visitors across the border to Bend, Oregon for the extreme jump from Crooked River Bridge. This giant steel arch bridge spans over the Crooked River gorge and has a length of 464 feet and dangles 300 feet over the canyon below. An adventure to Crooked River Bridge can easily be split into two adventures as it is located near the famous Smith Rock climbing area. Bungee Jumpers get to take a 300 foot leap off this sturdy bridge where they can enjoy the stony canyon walls and the green river bed below.

High Steel Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Shelton, Washington

High Steel Bridge

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Once again, Bungee Expeditions leaves their home base in Boise, Idaho to experience some epic jumps in another state. This time, this tour operator takes groups to Shelton, Washington for one of the top bungee jumping locations in the United States–the High Steel Bridge. The bridge dangles between two sides of a canyon over a small river. The canyon itself has a maximum depth of 400 feet; however because of some particularly sharp rocks below, bungee jumpers only get a 365 feet drop, for their own safety. This jump is not only adrenaline pumping for the more advanced jumper but showcases the beautiful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.

Hansen Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Eden, Idaho

Hansen Bridge

Hansen Bridge is an Idaho favorite for the advanced bungee jumper because of it extreme height. This narrow bridge is located over Snake River just a little bit away from the more famous Perrine Bridge. The Hanson Bridge, however, is much narrower and has a higher feel to it. Jumpers here are treated to an exhilarating 400 foot fall over the beautiful river below. Individual jumpers that want to jump Hansen Bridge should be careful though. The area is notorious for strong winds at times, some of which has even filled semi-trucks.

Navajo Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Marble Canyon, Arizona

Navajo Bridge

It’s no jump off the Grand Canyon, but it is as close as bungee jumpers in Arizona are going to get. The Navajo Bridge spans over a beautiful red rock desert gorge and is the 10th highest jump bridge in the United States. This gorge and bridge are located just north of the rim of the Grand Canyon and spans over the Colorado River. Bungee jumpers can expect a thrilling jump of 467 feet with excellent views of the surrounding area.

Perrine Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Twin Falls, Idaho

Perrine Bridge

Bridge over the Snake

For those who enjoyed jumping from the Hansen Bridge in Idaho, why not try the nearby Perrine Bridge? This bridge is wider and has a longer drop than Hansen Bridge and dangles over a larger portion of the Snake River. This massive bridge features a stunning 500 foot drop; the only problem is that it is highly restricted. There have been a few bungee jumping accidents here because of the notorious winds, so this bridge is only open to bungee jumpers one day a year.

Rio Grande Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Taos, New Mexico

Rio Grande Bridge by Bungee Expeditions in Taos, New Mexico

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Had your fill of the smaller bridges and find yourself ready to move onto the highest jump? The highest jump in the United States is from the Rio Grande Bridge and measures among one of the highest bungee jumping spots in the world. This drop is not only the highest in the United States, but it is also the most expensive place to jump from. Visitors who aim to conquer this New Mexican beauty will find themselves falling for a stunning 680 feet off the bridge over the Rio Grande river below. It is truly a thrill like no other.

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New River Gorge Bridge

bridge spanning gorge

The New River Gorge Bridge

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When the New River Gorge Bridge was completed on October 22, 1977, a travel challenge was solved. The bridge reduced a 40-minute drive down narrow mountain roads and across one of North America’s oldest rivers to less than a minute. When it comes to road construction, mountains do pose a challenge. In the case of the New River Gorge Bridge, challenge was transformed into a work of structural art – the longest steel span in the western hemisphere and the third highest in the United States.

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The New River Gorge Bridge is one of the most photographed places in West Virginia. The bridge was chosen to represent the state on the commemorative quarter released by the U.S. Mint in 2006. In 2013, the National Park Service listed the New River Gorge Bridge in the National Register of Historic Places as a significant historic resource.

A black and white image of the construction the New River Gorge Bridge

Construction of the New River Gorge Bridge

Bridge Construction

The West Virginia Division of Highways chose the Michael Baker Company as the designer, and the construction contract was awarded to the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel. In June 1974, the first steel was positioned over the gorge by trolleys running on three-inch diameter cables. The cables were strung 3,500 feet between two matching towers. Cor-ten steel, with a rust-like appearance that never needs painting, was used in construction.

two base jumpers against a blue sky

Two BASE jumpers on their way down.

NPS photo/John Chapman

Bridge Day

On the third Saturday of October, the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce hosts “Bridge Day.” On this one day a year, the famous New River Gorge Bridge is open to pedestrians and a wide variety of activities—great views, food and crafts vendors, BASE jumping, rappelling, music, and more—draw thousands of people. Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest one-day festival, and it is the largest extreme sports event in the world.

The first official Bridge Day was celebrated in 1980 when two parachutists jumped from a plane onto the bridge. They were joined by three additional parachutists, and all five then jumped from the bridge into the gorge. Today, the event lures hundreds of BASE jumpers, cheered on by thousands of spectators. “BASE” stands for Building, Antenna (tower), Span (arch or bridge), and Earth (cliff or natural formation), the four categories of objects in which BASE jumpers jump from.

Looking for information on Bridge Day? While the bridge may be the crown on the Beautiful New River Gorge, Bridge Day is an event hosted by the Bridge Day commission. For more information, visit the Official Bridge Day website, or call the New River Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) 927-0263.

Bridge Day 2022:

Bridge Day will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2022.

Please note the following road closures:

On Saturday October 15 th the New River Gorge Bridge (RT 19) will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7am to 5pm. Fayette Station Road (RT 82) will also be closed to vehicle traffic. The detour around the bridge involves traveling up TR 16 to Hawks Nest State Park and then east on RT 60 back to RT 19. For more information on event parking and shuttles, visit https://officialbridgeday.com/bridge-day-info/

The Bridge Day Commission works with the National Park Service and other law enforcement agencies in the area in regards to Fayette Station and Fayette Station Road closures. That area will not be accessible beginning on Friday, October 14 after 5:30 pm through Saturday, October 15 at 5 pm (assuming the highway and road are cleared as expected). Private boaters can use Fayette Station as a take out after 5 pm on Saturday, October 15th if arrangements are made for shuttling without leaving a car the night prior. Setting shuttle and leaving cars overnight will not be permitted during Bridge Day.

Teays Landing is privately owned land with a lease to others. They have decided to not allow access to Teays during Bridge Day, which includes not allowing shuttle cars to be dropped the night prior. About 2.5-3 miles downstream, Hawks Nest also has a river access location with parking and shuttle access on Friday and Saturday.

Pets, bicycles, carts, and strollers are not permitted on the bridge during Bridge Day. Coolers, packages, and large packs or satchels will not be permitted on the bridge for security reasons.

The New River Gorge Bridge wrapped with fog

The New River Gorge Bridge spans the gorge filled with clouds.

Directions

The New River Gorge Bridge is located on U. S. Route 19, just north of Fayetteville, WV. It is easily reached from Interstates 64, 77, & 79 and from U. S. Route 60 (Midland Trail). It is approximately 30 minutes north of Beckley, 70 minutes east of Charleston, and 70 minutes south of Interstate 79. On the north side of the bridge, Canyon Rim Visitor Center provides outstanding overlooks of the bridge. If you have the time, consider driving the Fayette Station Road for some fantastic views from underneath the bridge.

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