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Adventures Bring Friends Together

How 7 friends from different states found themselves on a raft floating down the Lower Gauley Like many across the country, the challenges brought forth by the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically changed our lives. Our friend group originally met during our freshman year at Harvard University in Boston. We all grew

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Sara Brubaker Aerial Manager

Meet Your Guide – Sara Brubaker – Aerial Manager

Sar Brubaker – Aerial Manager Adventures on the Gorge: How and when did you become an aerial adventure guide? Sara Brubaker: I started out in the retail store here at Adventures in 2014. I quickly realized I wanted to be an aerial guide, so I trained. I thought I would

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How The Cabins Got Their Names

Ever wonder why the cabin you stayed in has a unique name? Our cabins all have a story behind their names rich in history and West Virginia heritage. Cabins on the Gorge Pillow Rock The name was mainly due to the pillowing off the Room-of-Doom house rock, the downriver pillow

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Bubba Smith Aerial Guide

Meet Your Guide – Bubba Smith – Aerial Guide

Bubba Smith – Adventures on the Gorge 2019 Aerial Guide of the Year Adventures on the Gorge: How and when did you become an aerial adventure guide? Bubba Smith: I became an aerial guide when I was 18 because I fell in love with the outdoor industry. AOTG: What is

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Meet Your Guide – Mary Arritt – Aerial Guide

Mary Arritt – Adventures on the Gorge Aerial Guide Adventures on the Gorge: How and when did you become an aerial adventure guide? Mary Arritt: I became an aerial guide in 2011. I saw an ad in the newspaper and applied. Bud Frantz hired me and the rest is history.

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Gauley Release Calendar 2021

Gauley Release Dates 2021

Gauley Season, taking place in September and October, draws whitewater enthusiasts from across the globe. Over the course of six weeks, water levels ideal for rafting are released from Summersville Lake to provide thrilling whitewater opportunities on a set release schedule. If you want to experience everything we have to

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New River Gorge National Park and Preserve

We have always loved New River Gorge for its 1,000-foot-high sandstone cliffs, its 70,000+ acres of forested land and its 53 miles of churning river. But this under-the-radar gem is gaining new attention outside of the Mountain State. On Dec. 27, New River Gorge became America’s 63rd national park —

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Winterplace Skiing

Winter Wonderland – Stay, Play, Ski & More

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

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Work From Home – Work From Here

So much of the population has been working from home and we have an alternative. Work from here! Adventures on the Gorge offers you the ability to work from nature/work from here. Enjoy the accommodations of your cabin and resort working during the day and get out in nature when

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Gauley Opening Weekend in the Books

Gauley Opening Weekend in the Books

The fall rafting season kicked off this last weekend with Gauley Opening Weekend 2020 a huge success. The weather was perfect with highs in the 80s, rapids were banging, rafters were full of adrenaline, smiles and love for the sport. Thousands of people hit the Gauley this weekend and thousands

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Countdown to Gauley Season

On Friday, September 11, 2020, a Sleeping Dragon awakens. The Gauley River comes to life like no other time of year. For six weekends only this year, you, your family and friends can experience some of the best whitewater IN THE WORLD. One of the best whitewater destinations in the

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Fall Rafting in the New River Gorge

Want to feel as if you are paddling through a watercolor painting? Ready to ride your bike through a forest of orange and red? If so, it’s time to head to the New River Gorge. While the region is packed with visitors all summer, as the seasons begin to turn

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The Lower Gauley Why We Love Her

The Lower Gauley: Why We Love Her

The little sister of the world-famous Upper Gauley doesn’t get enough love and 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

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The Upper Gauley Why We Love Her

The Upper Gauley: Why We Love Her

From the heart-racing thrill of jumping into a raft at the base of Summersville Dam to that, “We did it!” feeling at end of the famous stretch of whitewater, the Upper Gauley is known as one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world. But, what is it that

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West Virginias Hidden Gem the Gauley River

West Virginia’s Hidden Gem: The Gauley River

One of the best whitewater destinations in the world is right here in the West Virginia mountains. The Gauley River is a 105-mile-long river that merges with the New River to form the Kanawha River, a tributary of the Ohio River. The river features numerous recreational whitewater areas, including those

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Gauley Release Dates Blog

Gauley Release Dates Blog

Gauley Season, taking place in September and October, draws whitewater enthusiasts from across the globe. Over the course of six weeks, water levels ideal for rafting are released from Summersville Lake to provide thrilling whitewater opportunities on a set release schedule. If you want to experience everything we have to

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Summer Extended Labor Day Weekend Sale

Summer Extended – Labor Day Weekend Sale

With schools opening later than usual this year, summer break has been extended allowing for one last summer vacation, long weekend or just more fun in the sun. Warm temps prevail in the New River Gorge through early September, sometimes entirely through September. Whether your group enjoys water, zipping or

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Throwbacks One Weekend Only

Gauley Throwbacks One Weekend Only

As we celebrate the extended summer, this also means Gauley Season is right around the corner. Gauley opening Weekend is September 11–14th. This year the Gauley Throwbacks will only be available opening weekend, spaces are limited so book now to secure your space. Do You Have What It Takes to

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Work Remotely: Your Workcation Location

Looking for a way to get your family out of the house and enjoying some summer fun in the sun? Look no further. Adventures on the Gorge is the perfect destination for both work and play. With wifi available in all cabins, restaurants and locations at the Resort, you will

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Beat the Heat Adventure Style

Beat the Heat Adventure Style

An enormous heat wave has swallowed much of the Lower 48, bringing a long stretch of temperatures in the 90s, above the century mark in some locations. Weather.com says that 40 million people could see temperatures above 100. Summer in the east is many things, but mostly hot and humid.

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Are You Ready For Gauley Season Blog

Are You Ready for Gauley Season?

Want to feel as if you are paddling through a watercolor painting? If so, you should plan to head to the New River Gorge this fall. The Fall Season gives us some of the best whitewater rafting in the world on the New and Gauley Rivers. From the cool mountain

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The Perfect Adventure Choice The Rapid Run

The Perfect Adventure Choice – The Rapid Run

New to whitewater rafting? Not sure if a full day on the river is where you want to start? Short on time? Want to pack as much adventure into one day as possible? Arriving early and looking for something fun to do before check-in? If you answered any of those

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What if it Rains?

When the clouds roll in and mother nature starts doing her thing, customers often ask us if it is okay to go rafting in the rain. Is it ok to be on the water during a storm? Is rafting still fun when you’re taking on more moisture than just whitewater

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Life is Meant for Good Friends and Great Adventures

Life is Meant for Good Friends and Great Adventures

With that said, you have the friends, we have the adventures so let’s plan an adventure of a lifetime. Travelling to new places is one of the most rewarding experiences that we have. Whether we go alone or with a big group of friends, it creates new ideas and experiences

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Family Adventures

Traveling with kids is rewarding. Nothing is better than watching your child light up at the sight of nature, hearing them say they haven’t missed their phone all week, or feeling their sense of pride as they call on their courage for a zipline adventure. Traveling with kids can also

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We’re Back on the River, Bring Your Family and Friends

As we come out of our opening weekend on the river, one thing is certain, WE MISSED THE RIVER AND WE MISSED YOU! Whitewater rafting is an exhilarating adventure deep into nature. Perfect excursions for adventurers who are short on time, or those with open schedules, rafting adventures are the

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Your Road Trip to Adventure in the New River Gorge

If you love the outdoors, adventure and new activities, chances are you love a road trip. We offer a wide array of fun for all ages and ability levels in Southern West Virginia. For millions of people in the eastern part of the United States, a road trip to the

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Adventure Blogs We Love

There are thousands of adventure blogs on the internet, we have compiled a list of our favorites. So when you are looking for something to do to pass the time, check some of our recommended blog sites out. The Expert Vegabond Created by Mathew Karsten, this highly regarded adventure travel

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Team Building at Adventures on the Gorge

Partaking on a fantastic adventure with a group of friends, teammates, coworkers, or family is one of the best ways to bond and spend time together. Whether your adventure is part of a fundraiser, bachelor party, team-building retreat, or just a weekend away with your girls, there is something for

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How to Choose the Best Rafting Trip for Your Family

From the tranquil pools and inviting rapids of the Upper New to the roaring whitewater of the Lower New River, part of what makes the New River Gorge an ideal family vacation destination is the variety of options available to suit adventure lovers of all ages. That, and the fact

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Plan the Perfect Bachelor/Bachelorette Party for Adventure Buddy

If your adventure-loving best friend is tying the knot, don’t be the type of best man that plans an average night-out-on-the-town bachelor/bachelorette party. You might be celebrating his/her last days as an unmarried man/woman, but this is also an opportunity to get all of his/her closest friends together for some

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New River Gorge Photography

Capturing the New River Gorge on Camera: Q&A with a Local Photographer With its expansive canyon views, iconic bridge, and stunning sunsets, the New River Gorge is a photographer’s dream. But, from fast-paced outdoor sports to vast landscapes, it can be difficult to know how to capture photos of this

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Fayetteville’s Top Indoor Adventures

If you think Fayetteville is all about outdoor adventures, you’re not wrong. That said, while the town has a dense population of outdoor adventure junkies and corresponding world-class activities, it also offers plenty of indoor adventures for a rainy day. If you’re planning a trip to Fayetteville and the weather

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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Every year Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine asks their readers to vote for their favorite places, events, and more in our region. Best of the Blue Ridge Awards are the largest and most prestigious outdoor awards in the Southeast, and they are highlighted in newspapers, magazines, shops, and businesses across the

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New Year’s Resolutions of the New River Gorge

It’s that time again! A new year, and a new chance to set goals for the next season of life. New Year’s Resolutions are a great opportunity to inspire us to put some forethought into the year ahead. But, too often, these resolutions become stale, generic, or too vague to

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Visiting Fayetteville in the “Secret Season”

As snowflakes and holidays swirl around the New River Gorge, the small town of Fayetteville is buzzing with festivities, shopping, live music, and locals. While most visitors think of Fayetteville as a summertime destination, year-round residents (and those who are in-the-know) treasure the winter season just as much. Tabitha Stover,

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Top 3 Trail Running Routes in the New River Gorge

With hundreds of miles of trails coursing up and down West Virginia’s steep mountains, the state has trail running routes to satisfy everyone from casual joggers to endurance athletes—and many of the top trails in the Mountain State can be found right here in the New River Gorge. So, if

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Tips for Cold-Weather Rafting

If wool socks and beanies aren’t something you normally associate with rafting, it probably means you’ve relegated rafting to a summertime-only activity. We’re here to inform you, it doesn’t have to be that way. The New River—and many of the surrounding rivers—can be paddled all winter long, and Adventures on

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Kids Raft FREE in 2020

Kids 9 and under raft FREE with a paying adult on the Upper New River! If you want to experience everything we have to offer, please call one of our adventure specialists at 855-379-8738.

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5 Ways to Stay Active on Thanksgiving Day

While the main activity on Thanksgiving Day is sure to be eating, you can balance the big meal with calorie-burning action throughout the day. Not only does squeezing in some activities help you maintain some semblance of health, it is also a fun way to engage with family. So, this

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Holiday Gift Guide for Adventure Lovers

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re having trouble thinking of what to give the adventure lover in your life, you’re not alone. Whether you’re exchanging gifts with an avid climber, weekend whitewater rafter, or someone who is just breaking into the outdoor adventure sphere—this guide is here

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Get Away and Give Thanks

We have always loved New River Gorge for its 1,000-foot-high sandstone cliffs, its 70,000+ acres of forested land and its 53 miles of churning river. But this under-the-radar gem is gaining new attention outside of the Mountain State. On Dec. 27, New River Gorge became America’s 63rd national park —

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How to Beat the Winter is Coming Blues

You may have heard: winter is, in fact, coming. If you’re not looking forward to that antsy feeling of being cooped up indoors with no way to get your adrenaline pumping, you know you’re not alone. And, we’ve got good news for you: Adventures on the Gorge’s zipline course, TreeTops

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A Night with Mountain Stage at Adventures on the Gorge

If you love music and radio shows, you may already know the nationally-broadcasted public radio show, Mountain Stage. If you love wild adventures in beautiful places, you’re probably familiar with Adventures on the Gorge. But how about both—combined into one night of live performances, tasty food, stunning scenery, and community.

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Why We Love the Upper Gauley: Top 5 Reasons/Rapids

From the heart-racing thrill of jumping into a raft at the base of Summersville Dam to that, “We did it!” feeling at end of the famous stretch of whitewater, the Upper Gauley is known as one of the best whitewater rafting destinations in the world. But, what is it that

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