With Summer right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to plan a mid week getaway to get outside and reconnect with nature, making memories that will last a lifetime. In Wild and Wonderful West Virginia, perched on the rim of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Adventures on the Gorge offers a backyard over 65,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness preserve and 7,021 acres of National Park playground. Adventure starts here.
Adventures on the Gorge Summer Play & Stay packages offer your choice of supervised, age-appropriate activities including a best-in-class whitewater rafting experience on some of the biggest, most adventurous whitewater on the East Coast on the New River – flowing south to north. Choose from a full-day whitewater rafting trip on the Lower or Upper New River and either a TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour or TimberTrek Adventure Park adventure. You’ll also receive 2 nights free camping and access to Canyon Rim Swimming Pool for an amazingly low price.
For those wanting the ultimate thrill, the Lower New Whitewater Rafting experience (ages 12 and up) will get your adrenaline pumping with more than 25 rapids from classes II – IV. Between the rapids and drops are pools of calm water and opportunities to jump from rocks or catch your breath and gather strength for the next challenge. This trip runs through the scenic New River Gorge and finishes up right below the New River Gorge Bridge.
For a more leisurely trek, the Upper New River has calmer whitewater floating sections filled with class I-II whitewater that allows for a fun, splash-filled rafting experience for kids as young as 6 years old. Kids 11 years of age and under raft free on the Upper New River with a paying adult.
Neatly tucked into the tall pine forest at Adventures on the Gorge, you’ll discover a new challenge for both mind and body: TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour or TimberTrek Adventure Park. These aerial adventures will push the boundaries of your comfort zone. The experience will leave you with a little more confidence and fun stories to tell your friends.
For a more relaxing way to cool off, head over to Canyon Falls Swimming Pool. With two swimming levels separated by a waterfall, a splash area for kids, and a Pool Snack Shack, there is no better way to end a hot summer day. The pool deck overhangs the rim of the center of the national park with breathtaking views the New River Gorge Bridge – the longest steel arch span in the Western Hemisphere and the third-highest bridge in the United States, spanning one mile from rim-to-rim.
At the end of the day, sit back and relax around a campfire making ooey, gooey, irresistible s’mores while recalling unforgettable moments from the day’s adventures.