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 trip is entirely family friendly – minimum age is 8.


Learn to Kayak

It’s one thing to test the river in a raft with a bunch of friends. It’s another entirely to hop into your own boat and float off…with a bunch of hands-on instruction, of course. 

Whitewater kayaking is  one of the fastest growing water sports. It’s challenging and exhilarating at the same time, and it tends to brings its participants to the heart of some of the worlds most beautiful places. In this class, you’ll learn the basics about the gear and how to use it, including what to do when the chips are down and you’re upside down.


Summersville Lake Adventure

Perhaps the most unique aspect of this trip is Summersville Lake itself. With literally miles of cliff-lined shore, this lake is perfect for exploring. You can lounge on a pontoon boat and enjoy beverages all day long, if that’s your idea of adventure or you can rock climb off the deck of the boat, cliff jump (within legal height limits), or explore hidden, cliff-lined coves on your own stand-up paddleboard under waterfalls. 

It’s your choice, but we suggest an all-of-the-above approach. 


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Learn to Fly Fish

The calm timing of the cast, the serenity of being outdoors and the excitement of catching your first fish on a fly. If you want to learn the art of fly fishing, this trip is the best way to ensure success. But what makes this trip truly unique is that you’ll learn to fly fish in between running rapids on a raft.

This will give you plenty of opportunities to learn the ins and outs of fly fishing before moving on to tighter streams and more elusive quarry. 

Gauley River Deluxe Overnight

It’s only available six weekends out of the year during Fall Gauley Season, when flows on the Gauley River are guaranteed. If rafting the entire Gauley from Summersville Dam on down weren’t unique enough, there’s camping at Canyon Doors, which is hands down one of the most beautiful places on Earth. How about a wood-fired hot tub on the banks of the river? How about your own personal expedition chef handing you hors d’oeuvres and adult beverages in between meal courses? 

Are you beginning to get the picture here? The Gauley River Deluxe Overnight is like a 5-star wilderness hotel experience sandwiched between two days of all-out adventure.

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