Half Day Tours

Adventure Activity Legend

Level Description
1
Light walking, some stairs
2
Moderate walking up to 1 mile, some stairs
3
Moderate walking at distances greater than 1 mile
4
Heavy walking or moderately intense activity (e.g., rock climbing, whitewater rafting, cycling.)

Monday, May 17

1- New River Whitewater Rafting

Take a half-day express rafting trip on either the Upper or Lower New River and discover the river that put West Virginia on the map as one of the world’s leading whitewater rafting destinations. The trip begins at the Adventures on the Gorge campus, where you will be fitted with a helmet, life jacket and wetsuits and splash jackets if needed. Consider wearing or bringing a synthetic layer and neoprene gloves and booties if you tend to get cold. Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and any medication you need throughout the day. Guides carry small waterproof bags to stow medications.

This is the most popular trip at Adventures on the Gorge with 25 Class II-V rapids. The trip runs through the scenic New River Gorge and ends right below the New River Gorge Bridge. This trip will feature Class II-V rapids depending upon the river segment and recent precipitation. No side trips or lunch stop. In the spring, the trip is typically 16 miles long. Guides sit in each eight-passenger, 16-foot raft and provide instruction before each rapid and throughout the trip.

Maximum Participants: unlimited

Activity Level 4

This is the most popular family rafting trip at Adventures on the Gorge. The mild whitewater of the Upper New River offers gentle rapids and scenic views of the New River Gorge. Rafters typically paddle small inflatable kayaks – called duckies – that hold one adult or one child and one adult. Paddlers will experience Class II and III rapids.

Maximum Participants: unlimited

Activity Level 2

Experience the New River Gorge from above. Treetops Zipline Canopy Tours includes 10 zips and five sky bridges winding through an ancient Hemlock forest on the resort’s grounds. There are two short hikes, and the trip ends with a 30-foot rappel off a platform. The longest hike is 800 feet long at a roughly 10 percent grade, and the second is about 200 feet long. See how this course was created using sustainable methods and learn how Eastern Hemlocks at Adventures on the Gorge are being protected from an invasive species.

Guides will review the procedures during a practice ground-level zip. You will be double-clipped onto two steel cables, which can support more than a ton of weight. Participants must be between 90 and 260 pounds.

Maximum Participants: 16

Activity Level 3

This aerial obstacle course features seven increasingly challenging courses with dozens of platforms as well as bridges, zip lines and crazy obstacles that challenge agility and strength. Courses range from easy to highly challenging. You can go at your own pace and choose when to stop. At night, the resort lights up the course and calls it Moontrek.

What’s provided: harnesses, helmets, gloves and guides. Closed-toed, secure footwear is required. Dress for the weather and bring a jacket, fleece or windbreaker in the event of rain. Avoid loose clothing and store loose items at the AOTG facility before your trip. Sunglasses, sunscreen and a water pack are recommended. Long hair should be tied back or braided. Meet at the Mill Creek Campus. Participants must weigh less than 260 pounds.

Maximum Participants: 16

Activity Level 1-4, depending upon course.

With its rocky cliffs and outcroppings, the New River Gorge is home to terrific rock-climbing opportunities for both experienced and novice climbers.

Maximum Participants: 16

Activity Level 4

The Bridge Walk features a 3,030-foot-long catwalk 25 below the surface of the New River Gorge Bridge with heights topping out at 852 feet. You’re securely harnessed in and following a guide as you learn about the history of this remarkable bridge.

Maximum Participants: 16

Activity Level 2

Strap on your hiking shoes and head to the Long Point and Endless Wall trails overlooking the New River Gorge and Bridge. Try to determine if someone could actually drive a car to Long Point or if it’s a local legend. Endless Wall was named “Top Hike in the National Park System” by readers of USA Today.

Maximum Participants: 6

Activity Level 3

Grab a book or beer and curl up in an Adirondack chair overlooking the Gorge or a chaise lounge next to the Canyon Falls Swimming Pool. We can also help you with other ideas for exploring the region on your own.

Activity Level whatever you make it

Tuesday, May 18

Tamarack is an art gallery, meeting center, restaurant and rest stop all rolled into one. More than 2,800 artisans from all 55 of the state’s counties have displayed their work there. Learn glassblowing from a resident artist and take the result home. Then it’s off for wine tasting at Daniel Vineyards.

Maximum Participants: 12

Activity Level 1

The Beckley Art Center is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization. Its two-fold mission is to stimulate interest in the arts within the community and encourage development of artistic talent within the group and the community through education. Afterward, make a stop for wine tasting at Daniel Vineyards.

Maximum Participants: 12

Activity Level 1

Explore the Southern Gateway to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve including Sandstone Visitor Center, Sandstone Falls and the Hinton Historic District.

Maximum Participants: 12

Activity Level 1

Created when the Gauley River was dammed more than 50 years ago, Summersville Lake is known for its boating, paddleboarding, kayaking and rock climbing. Tour the lake on a pontoon boat, check out the dam up close with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and visit the Summersville Lake Lighthouse.

Maximum Participants: 24

Activity Level 1

Get in touch with your inner Harry Houdini as your team uses its wits and cooperation to escape from a room full of twists and surprises. Afterward (if you’ve made it out), enjoy a cold one at Weathered Underground Brewery.

Maximum Participants: 12

Activity Level 1