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Diversify Your Adventure Portfolio: There’s More to West Virginia than Rafting

From the ancient river that courses through the New River Gorge to the thrilling rapids of the Gauley River, whitewater is what made us who we are. But, today, it is far from all we are. True, our region is home to some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, but it is also a mecca for a vast range of other outdoor sports. So, while Adventures on the Gorge was founded on the rivers, we can’t ignore the ziplining, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities surrounding us—and we don’t think you should either. Into the Trees Adventures

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What is Gauley Season?

It’s friends huddling together with anticipation at the base of Summersville Dam. It’s early-morning fog rolling off the Gauley River canyon. It’s your heart racing with adrenaline at the top of a class V rapid.  It’s Gauley Season.  And among the rafting communities here in West Virginia, it’s the most anticipated seven weeks of the year.  Unfortunately, with all our excitement, we often assume that everyone else is as familiar with Gauley Season as we are. Too often, the truth is, potential boaters are missing out because they don’t even  know what “Gauley Season” means. If you fall into that

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Respect for the Lower Gauley

The little sister of the world-famous Upper Gauley doesn’t get enough respect. Here’s why that is, why it deserves your attention, and why you should consider running it, even if you’ve already done the Upper.  “The Beast of the East.” “The Big 5.” And, “the best 10 seconds in American whitewater.” These are all phrases you may have heard used to describe the Gauley River or individual rapids on it. In fact, if you’ve ever seen a list of the top-5 whitewater rafting rivers in the world, the Gauley is on it. But, what they’re really talking about is the Upper Gauley—the ten

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2019 Bridge Day

West Virginia’s largest single-day festival is almost here!   Every third Saturday in October, thousands of people gather on the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia to watch daredevils BASE jump into the Gorge below. https://vimeo.com/145867164 Every year on the third Saturday in October, BASE jumpers from around the world gather at the historic New River Gorge Bridge as they prepare to fling themselves from the top and parachute an impressive 876 feet to the bottom of the gorge. The oldest and largest organized BASE jumping event in the world, 2019 marks the 40th annual Bridge Day celebration. However,

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The Upper Gauley River

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. They call it the Beast of the East, but if you’re reading a top-5 list of whitewater rafting rivers IN THE WORLD, you can be sure that the Upper Gauley River will be on it, if not atop it. Must-make moves punctuated by huge waves are the norm. It’s loud, it’s brash, and for good reason, it’s intimidating. Do you have what it takes? Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Lower Gauley River

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. With over 70 rapids up to Class V (including three of the biggest hits on the entire Gauley River) and breathtaking scenery the entire way, the Fall Lower Gauley is the best choice for an adventurous first-timer or an experienced New River enthusiast who wants to go a big step further. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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8 Autumn Adventures for Fall Family Fun

Labor Day cometh…and then Labor Day goeth leaving behind that post-summer ennui. Don’t go quietly into that dark season! Instead, turn autumn into your family’s own personal adventure encore. Any or all of these eight adventures on the New River Gorge can send those sad back-to-school spirits soaring sunward once again. TimberTrek Adventure Park, ages 4 and up. Part obstacle course, part canopy tour, and all fun—TimberTrek Adventure Park is where you and your kids can play as hard as you want, and nobody ever has to say, “Get down from there.” Bonus: If your under-10-year-old wants to zipline, this

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Magical Moments from Overnight Rafting Trips

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. The elation of whitewater rafting is on pause and the day is winding down. Here’s what you still have to look forward to. 1. That moment when you settle into a chair by the river. You’re clean and dry and cozy. You can smell dinner cooking. This is the moment when the true nature of a multi-day rafting trip becomes apparent—because even though the day is done, the trip is far from finished. There may be a warm fire associated with this moment. Bask in its

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5 Rafting Trips for Those Who Prefer Their Adventures More Mild than Wild

Gauley River Season is just around the bend, but we know Class-V excitement is not for everybody. If you love adventure, but prefer yours a little more mild than wild, here are five whitewater rafting trips to wet your whistle.  1. The Upper New River We take kids as young as 6 on the classic Upper New River. It includes lots of mild whitewater excitement for the little ones, plus ample time to float, swim, relax, and re-connect with your kids and friends. The Upper New River is also a wallet pleaser. Kids ages 7-12 raft at half the adult

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The Gauley River Overnight

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. With two days on one of the top five whitewater rafting trips in the world, plus a private camp at Canyon Doors with a chef and wood fired hot tubs, the Gauley River Overnight is one of the best trips out there. https://vimeo.com/176997252 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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5 Non-Standard Rafting Trips for the True Gauley River Aficionado

Our most popular Fall Gauley Season rafting trips are simply the 1-day Upper Gauley and the 1-day Lower Gauley, either of which is enough adventure for most people. But for the true aficionados among you, that’s just not enough Gauley. Why settle for 5 Class V rapids when you can do 10? Why settle for 10, when you can do 40? Wait, what? The Gauley Reverse In all her (ahem) wisdom, Mother Nature placed the more difficult, more climactic section of the Gauley River upstream. This would make it tricky for a first-time rafter to run the entire Gauley, since,

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The Wonder Years

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year There is a magic that happens when children play in wild places. They are full of a wonder and a sense of awe that adults struggle to keep in touch with. At Adventures On The Gorge we believe that family time is best spent outdoors. https://vimeo.com/171205784 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Wild Ones – Lauren

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year At our core, we at Adventures on the Gorge are nothing more than explorers who see in the human experience an overwhelming desire to seek a sense of awe. What more noble pursuit could there be than to help you find yours? https://vimeo.com/161129826 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Wild Ones – Joe

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year At our core, we at Adventures on the Gorge are nothing more than explorers who see in the human experience an overwhelming desire to seek a sense of awe. What more noble pursuit could there be than to help you find yours? https://vimeo.com/161190912 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Paddles of the Past

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year When construction began on Summersville Dam in 1960, its primary purpose was to mitigate flood potential downstream at population centers like Charleston, WV. In the 50-odd years since, Summersville Dam has saved countless lives and prevented untold billions in property damage, but the earthen behemoth would soon also change the face of tourism and recreation in the Mid-Atlantic region.  https://vimeo.com/58388823 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Wild Ones – Jo-Beth

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year At our core, we at Adventures on the Gorge are nothing more than explorers who see in the human experience an overwhelming desire to seek a sense of awe. What more noble pursuit could there be than to help you find yours? https://vimeo.com/161126091 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Summer Gauley River

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. The Gauley River in the spring and summer is a completely different river than what you experienced in the fall. The crowds are gone and it’s the most dynamic trip we offer. Constantly changing river levels mean that we could be on any stretch in the canyon in either a raft or an inflatable kayak. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Wild Ones

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year “We weren’t a ‘resort,’ or even an outfitter, for that matter. We were river runners, and we just wanted to share a little of that with other people. We wanted to invite them into a world where everything else went away, and the only things that mattered were the next rapid and the next story around the next campfire.”   https://vimeo.com/161533194 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Secret of the Cabin Names

That cabin isn’t called Pillow Rock because the beds are too hard, oh no. And that other one? Let’s just say Sweet’s Falls has nothing to do with pleasant dreams. Rather, our cabin names come from storied white water rapids on the rivers we regularly run and, in some cases, they’re named after placid creeks and limpid pools. Okay, that all seems logical, but there’s one more element in the cabin naming equation, and it’s pretty important. Something about that cabin evokes thoughts of its namesake rapid. Of course, unlike those rapids, our cabins are especially accessible in Winter, when

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The 5 Biggest (Runnable) Waves on the Lower New River

The snow is gone from the high country and the Mercury has risen.  Here on the rim of the New River Gorge that means BIG spring water.  Every adventure aficionado who just emerged from winter hibernation knows the Lower New River is THE springtime thrill.  They are buckling life jackets and helmets as we speak, drawing measured breaths, and girding their loins before paddling into some of the biggest walls of water in America.     These are potentially life-altering moments when the rest of the world has long since melted away like the winter,  when all that exists are the

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The Lower New River

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Giant waves, a 1000′ deep gorge and breathtaking scenery make up West Virginia’s most popular rafting trip, the Lower New River. https://vimeo.com/270892642 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Summersville Lake Climbing

The 5 Most Extreme Adventures on the Gorge

5. The Half-Day Summersville Lake Adventure A Summersville Lake adventure only comes in at number 5, because you can actually make it relaxing if you want to. You can lounge on a pontoon boat and sip beverages all day long, if that’s your thing or you can rock climb off the deck of that same boat, cliff jump (within legal height limits), explore hidden, cliff-lined coves and stand-up paddleboard under waterfalls. Your choice.  For the most adventurous of those activities, our money is on the rock climbing. 4. The Upper Gauley (or Bonus: The Double Upper) They don’t call it

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Adventures on a Budget

A life lived without adventure isn’t much of a life. We could even argue that dabbling in activities in which the outcome is a little uncertain is crucial for everybody who wants to really feel alive, rather than simply going through the motions day in and (yawn) day out. That’s sort of why we’re here; I mean, “Adventures” is our first name, after all. But while adventure is essential for you, it’s unquestionably bad for your wallet. Your money thrives on boredom. We understand this implicitly, which is why we have all these ways to save money all year long. Here

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TimberTrek Adventure Park

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. With five courses of varying difficulties, TimberTrek is an activity you can do with the whole family. https://vimeo.com/171205786 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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New River Gorge Rock Climbing

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. With thousands of routes ranging from beginner to advanced, the New River Gorge has climbing opportunities for all skill levels from first timers to experts. Our programs are geared to make you succeed. We take care of all the rigging and any technical aspects on these recreational climbs. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Old Friends – New Adventures

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Every fall Jennifer and crew head to the Gauley River for a weekend packed full of old friends, good moonshine and class-V whitewater rafting. The Upper Gauley River drops over 335 feet in fewer than 13 miles. The essence of big-water rafting excitement, it’s huge volume, technical, pulse-pounding whitewater from start to finish. This intense whitewater experience is not recommended for the timid or inexperienced. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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TreeTops Canopy Tour Ziplines

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. TreeTops Canopy Tour is much more than just a zipline. TreeTops is a series of sky bridges, ziplines, trails and a rappel through an old growth hemlock forest and over a beautiful mountain stream. https://vimeo.com/206622997 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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New River Gorge Guided Hiking

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. Enjoy the fresh mountain air as you hike through the our established trails that are sure to get you close to the native flora and lead to spectacular panoramic views. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Cool Summer Super Savings

Summer has really settled in, and it is hot, hot, hot outside. Luckily, you don’t have to break your bank account to cool down. Here are our top eight tips to save like a pro on New River Gorge summer cool downs. 1.  Raft on a weekday.  Our peak times are summer Saturdays and September Saturdays (during Gauley Season). If you raft literally any other day, it will help you lower costs. The price per person for the Lower New River full-day raft trip on a Saturday in July is $139, but the same trip on a July Monday-Thursday is

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The Upper New River

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. Upper New River rafting is mild white water. This is a great place for a family raft trip, or for scouts and youth groups to get their feet wet in the majestic and breathtakingly scenic New River Gorge.    https://vimeo.com/171205785 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Spring Whitewater Rafting

If you love the adrenaline of big waves and the unmatched scenery of the New River Gorge, it’s time to sign up for a high-water spring trip down the Lower New River. That’s right, each spring massive amounts of water coursing through the narrow Gorge create behemoth waves, boat-swallowing holes, and an extreme, big-water rafting trip that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States. But, consider yourself warned, we’re not talking about that fun-in-the-sun family vacation you’ve experienced if you’ve rafted the New River in the summer. It’s time to leave the kids at home, call up your

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10 Things We Are Looking Forward to This Summer at Adventures on the Gorge

Most of us are in the same boat right now (pun intended) – we cam hardly wait for summer.  At the risk of making you long for hot days even more than you already do, here are 10 specific things we are really looking forward to. Brewgrass Reunion A craft beer festival right on the rim of the New River Gorge.  We are celebrating the anniversary of West Virginia whitewater rafting by – surprise – rafting.  After you run the mighty New River, come sample over 50 diverse flavors of WV and national brews and listen to some classic Appalachian

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Migration

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Every fall Julie loads up her truck for the 1600 mile migration to the Gauley River and she’s not the only one. For six weeks raft guides come from all over the world to guide one of the hardest commercial rafting trips in the world. The Upper Gauley River drops over 335 feet in fewer than 13 miles. The essence of big-water rafting excitement, it’s huge volume, technical, gut-wrenching whitewater from start to finish. This intense whitewater experience is not recommended for the timid or inexperienced.

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Out of Office

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year For Lizzy and her girlfriends, those times with no offices, no dealines and no distractions are precious. Here’s how they spent their weekend at Adventures on the Gorge. (Hint: adventures were had.) Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Video Boaters – Then and Now

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year They’re the bad boys and girls of the whitewater rafting scene—and that’s saying something. But they’re also the hard working creative individuals who risk life and limb and then pull off an editing miracle to bring you your trip video. They’re Whitewater Videographers, AKA, Video Boaters. https://vimeo.com/233368555 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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The Million Dollar Wave

The Lower New Gorge in the spring is filled to overflowing with gigantic waves. Many are so big, they even have names of their own. Here’s what our guides think about The Million Dollar Wave. https://vimeo.com/209956664 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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So, You Want to Be a Guide

This is how we roll at Adventures on the Gorge: we show you such an amazing time that you quit your day job to move here and become a guide. That may be hyperbole, but it’s not just a joke. Our guide staff—river, rock, zip, etc.—is peppered with people who, in some cases, gave up promising careers in business, law, geology, psychology and more to drive boats, rig ropes and otherwise play with people outside. Being a guide is a calling, but more so than just a yen to work in the wilds of West Virginia. “Most guides started doing

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Gravity Ziplines

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. Bigger, taller, faster. Gravity Zip Lines at Adventures on the Gorge, New River Gorge, WV. https://vimeo.com/209619584 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Adventures by Ages

It’s a simple fact of parenting—you can no longer vacation without considering what your little ones can do, too. Well, fret not, harried moms and dads. To simplify your summer getaway planning, we’ve prepared this list of adventures by ages, so you can see exactly where your offspring can follow (or lead as the case may be).  Adventures for younger than 4 Welcome to the world little adventurer! Canyon Falls Pool and Canyon Rim Playground are both wide open for you. Bonus for your caregivers: our playground is shaded. Super bonus: they may obtain an adult beverage at Chetty’s Pub and carry it down to

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Why Adventures on the Gorge?

Adventures on the Gorge is the only resort located on the very rim of West Virginia’s stunning New River Gorge. https://vimeo.com/123748906/ Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Summersville Lake Adventures

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. Summersville Lake is undoubtedly one of West Virginia’s best kept secrets. From crystal clear water to cliff-lines coves this trip includes just the right amount of challenge and relaxation. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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Melissa & Jason – The Girl Who Waited

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Serena & I were thrilled to travel over to West Virginia for Melissa & Jason’s wedding in the gorgeous New River Gorge. Melissa is a structural bridge engineer, and ever since experiencing the New River Gorge Bridge, she wanted to get married there. The ceremony and reception were both held at Smokey’s on the Gorge, which had some pretty awesome views of the gorge. Melissa & Jason met while at West Virginia University, and have been together ever since. They are also huge fans of Doctor

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Generations

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year How do you get a grandparent and teenager to connect? Take them beyond sharing memories and have them actually share experiences outdoors away from their video games, social media, and TV. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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5 Ways Adventure Invigorates Your Very Soul

Science tells us that a good old-fashioned adventure can help alleviate stress and anxiety of everyday life. Frankly, it’s a finding that leaves us here at ADVENTURES on the Gorge saying, “Well, duh.” 1.  Adventure Eliminates Bad Stress by Applying a Dose of Good Stress Heart disease, obesity, anxiety and depression—these are all things that stress can lead to. You may think that you’re making your life better by powering through your daily challenges, but in reality, you’re literally subtracting years from your life. (And we NEVER use the word “literally” figuratively.) Of course, we can’t just put everything aside

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Team WV Masters – World Rafting Championship 2019

Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Adventures on the Gorge is proud to support Team WV US Men’s Masters Rafting National Champions as they head to Australia for the World Rafting Championship. We interviewed Team Captain, Chad Smith and wanted to share their story, bios, and adventures with you as they get ready to head to Australia in May to represent the United States in the World Master’s Rafting Championship . Who is Team WV? We are rafting buddies that

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Play, Eat & Sleep Your Way to Winter Weekend Perfection in the New River Gorge

If you’ve been thinking it was about time to put away your adventure gear and sit inside by the fire, think again. The New River Gorge is known far and wide as the adventure capital of the East, and while it may have the widest array of adventure options in the summer, when winter rolls around, the adventure capital of the East…is STILL the adventure capital of the East. The action in this world class outdoor adventure destination doesn’t stop when the seasons change, and just about anything you want to do outside can often be found within a 20-minute

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The Lookout Post – A Conference Center on the Edge

Located on the very rim of the New River Gorge, the amenities, resources, and setting of the Lookout Post Conference Center will more than meet the needs of any group.  The Lookout Post Conference Center is the only conference center with unparalleled views of Southern West Virginia. Lookout Post, the New River Gorge’s only conference center, sits right on the rim of the Gorge. With the ability to accommodate up to 200 people, Lookout Post comes with full logistical support, vigorous wi-fi and catering onsite. https://vimeo.com/203860564 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn

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5 New Rafting Trips in 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a bit more wild than mild. If you’re a seasoned pro on the New and Gauley Rivers (or even if you’ve never rafted at all), here are 5 new rafting trips to try with everybody from your kids to your experienced adventure buddies.  From mildest to wildest… 1. Glade Creek Canyon Rafting & Hiking We’ve been running this trip for a couple years, but we want to make sure everybody knows about it! Perfect for families with kids as young as eight, this trip includes a mild hike to a stunning waterfall swimming hole. Jump

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5 Unique Adventures on the Gorge

Glade Creek Canyon Hiking & Rafting Hiking, swimming, jumping off a waterfall,  and whitewater rafting may not be all that unique in and amongst themselves, but put them all together in a single day’s journey, and you’ve got one wild and wonderful day. We only take 14 people at a time on this trip, so you’ll always enjoy a small, intimate group. Hike an easy half mile to Glade Creek Falls to swim and lounge, eat a delicious riverside deli-lunch and then launch onto the New River to whitewater raft the rest of the day away. The best part? This

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4 Ultra-Classic Trips

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year. Let’s just say it: West Virginia has America’s best whitewater rafting. The density of river sections here, which cover a wide variety of adventure levels, is unrivaled and unparalleled. There’s a reason why experienced rafters keep coming back year after year. Actually, make that four reasons, and here they are in order from mildest to wildest.    1. The Upper New River In the upper reaches of the New River Gorge, the river is broad and mellow, yet packed with rapids up to mild Class III.

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Make a Date of It

So, you thought it would be romantic to visit the New River Gorge in Winter? Well, you were spot on. It is romantic. But once you get past the adventures of TreeTops ZipLine Canopy Tour and skiing at Winterplace, what’s left for you and your sweetie to do? It turns out there’s a lot. 1. Go for a walk in the woods or check out scenic views that don’t require much hiking. All the fantastic New River Gorge trails and vistas that here in the Summer are still here in the Winter—with fewer crowds. And the people you do run into? They’re most likely locals with knowledge to

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4 Things We Can Hardly Wait For This Spring

We have less than two weeks to go until daylight savings time. There’s less than a month until it’s officially spring, and shortly after that, things will begin to get exciting around here. We can hardly wait for a lot of things (several have to do with whitewater rafting), but here are the top four. We hope you’ll join us in the the thrill of anticipation! 4. Aerial Adventures Open We’ve been open all winter, and some adventurous souls have joined us for adventure getaways in the cold. But soon, all that will be over, which means Gravity Ziplines, TreeTops Zipline

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10 Things to Do During Gauley Season Other Than Rafting

…there’s no better way to go home after a Gauley weekend than tired.  10. Get a massage. You’re going to spend your entire Gauley rafting trip (especially if you’re on the Upper G) getting UNrelaxed, so to speak. So, really, doesn’t a massage just make perfect sense? 9. Escape. From an Epic Escape Room, we mean. Our adventure partner, Epic Escape New River Gorge, has three rooms ready for you. Considering how cerebral it is compared to the Gauley’s frenzy, it’s a fun and relaxing compliment to your trip. 8. Zip line faster than you’ve ever zipped before. Gravity Zip Lines is ready and

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5 Romantic Adventures on the Gorge Amenities

 Hey, “Adventures” is our first name, but to be THE adventure resort, we needed to offer a lot more than world-class action, luxurious cabins and award-winning restaurants. For example… Almost as soon as we broke ground on this lagoon on the edge of the world, it was obvious to everybody that we had something special on our hands. Two separate levels and a snack shack on site make this the perfect place for non-adventurers—or tired adventurers—to lounge like trained professionals.   Hiking Trails Five miles of hiking trails meander through the woods, along Mill Creek, and deliver you to several

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Recalibration

The Best Whitewater in America, keeps them coming back for more year after year Taking a vacation is more than just taking a break from your life – it’s a way to reconnect and recalibrate.   For Washington, DC area couple, Franklin and Scott, Lennon’s words couldn’t have been more true. When life gives you love, life takes away time in exchange. Careers, bills, children—they come upon us so quickly; we wake up one day, and everything is different. But in Recalibration, Franklin and Scott reclaim their lost time. They begin to remember who they once were, and that once upon

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The Dries

UPDATE, 03/19: American Whitewater has announced recreational release dates for the Dries in 2019! We’ve added a several extra dates to take advantage of the new, increased minimum flows. All these dates are listed and are now bookable here. (Scroll to the month of May for first release dates.) 1. In the 1930s, downstream of what rafters and kayakers today call “the Lower New River,” Union Carbide drilled a massive tunnel through Gauley Mountain to divert flow from the New River for power generation. The tunnel and it’s corresponding dam are still there, in operation today, as is the roughly

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5 Family Favorite Adventures on the Gorge

New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting (Min age 6) The best thing about whitewater rafting in West Virginia is that we have sections of river to suit all adventure needs. And indeed, whitewater rafting is not just for hardcore adventure seekers anymore, though we do recommend rafting mostly for families with a little bit of an outdoorsy streak. And on Upper New River trips, six year olds raft FREE—we call it Almost 7. Get it? West Virginia? Almost Heaven? Okay. (One six year old per a paying adult). TimberTrek Adventure Park (Min age 4) A magazine once called TimberTrek Adventure Park part

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