Mix it up!
You can come to the New River Gorge for some adventure. And then you can come for some adventure and a big celebration. We have them all year long. The only question is this:
Which ones will you come to?
Since we have 4 distinct seasons here in the gorge, we feel the need to celebrate. A lot. Our events aren’t always tied to a season, but the weather around here is so distinctly awesome, they might as well be.
Spring is renewal, getting outside, and doing what we love best: enjoying the gorge. Summer is an invitation for everyone to come up and enjoy (and we’re within a day’s drive of 50% of the population). Fall doesn’t get much better than the New River Gorge. When the leaves turn, it’s time to celebrate again. Maybe that’s why we host West Virginia’s biggest one day festival.
Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event in the world. It’s amazing. Trust us.
Bridge Day is held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 100,000 spectators are expected to attend this year’s Bridge Day. The New River Gorge Bridge is 876′ tall and the world’s second longest single arch bridge.
Who wouldn’t want to see someone jump off it?
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The rich heritage of southern West Virginia is celebrated through the winning photographs in the 2016 Hidden History Photo Contest exhibit. These history-based photographs taken by West Virginia photographers are currently on display at the Bramwell Train Depot in Bramwell. First displayed at Tamarack in October as part of the annual Hidden History Weekend event, this traveling exhibit will rotate through several area visitor centers. Let these photos inspire you to explore area history. This exhibit can also be viewed…Find out more »
All can take part in this on-going hiking challenge in local national parks. Celebrate parks and health in the National Parks of Southern West Virginia with the continuation of the New River Gorge National River 100 Mile Challenge. This program started in 2016 as a way to celebrate the 100thanniversary of the National Park Service, but it has grown into something more! The program’s success is inspiring more and more people to get out and explore parks. This challenge is…Find out more »
Princess Whatshername Performance dates March 24, 25, 31 April 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2017 For more information contact the theater at 304-574-4655.Find out more »
Nature can be a great inspiration! Local students can celebrate their creativity and interest in nature through the Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Appalachian Spring Wildflower Art Contest. This contest and April exhibition at Tamarack allows students to serve as community leaders and raise awareness of Appalachia’s natural diversity and parks. Their works will inspire community connections to local ecology and outdoor stewardship. Some students will also have the opportunity to explore the business of art and its role in…Find out more »
Spring is really almost here! We hope you're getting out enjoying local parks this season. Want to join us for a spring park adventure? 2017 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend is April 28 - 30. Discover the season with rangers and naturalist on free guided hikes. Enjoy art demonstrations and art exhibits too. This year we hope you'll take an even more active role in this celebration of spring as a citizen scientist. Contribute your nature observations during this event and…Find out more »
Join us in Almost Heaven--West Virginia--and flex those mountaineer muscles. For the inaugural Mountaineer Strong, racers will whitewater raft with a guide on Class III-V rapids down the New River, mountain bike on amazing trails in the New River Gorge, and trek through the beautiful ACE Adventure Resort property. This Appalachian state, covered with rugged mountains and river valleys, has long been known for its epic outdoor pursuits. Once you finish this race, we hope you’ll have a deeper understanding…Find out more »
There’s no better place for a beginner adventure race! ACE Adventure Resort is opening up its 1,500 acres in beautiful and rugged West Virginia for our inaugural Mountaineer Tenderfoot Adventure Race. You and your team will have 3 hours to find as many checkpoints as you can by trekking and mountain biking in the awesome New River Gorge area before racing back to the finish line. We are offer two "types" of Tenderfoot categories: Family and Adventure Class. The Family…Find out more »
Get outside and run wild at ACE Adventure Resort's spring trail run through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. This distinctive race route will take racers through the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. Waiting at the finish line for racers is a burrito buffet to tame the appetite you have developed. Cash prizes will be awarded to winners and finisher medals plus you get bragging rights for tackling the Wonderland Mountain Challenge.…Find out more »
Wild & Wonderful West Virginia's best music festival is in the heart of the New River Gorge this summer! June 1st, 2nd & 3rd party with over 25 bands including Umphrey's McGee, The Revivalists, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Twiddle, The Main Squeeze, Big Something, Spiritual Rez & more! Enjoy beautiful mountaintop camping at ACE Adventure Resort plus whitewater rafting, zip lines, mountain biking, a water park & more! Find out all the details and purchase tickets online at www.MountainMusicFestWV.comFind out more »
White Oak Rail Trail is lined with vendors, organizations, services, fund raisers, concessions, flea markets, yard sales, etc. Each year in June. Live local entertainment. A great way to spend the day with family and get some exercise walking the trail as well!Find out more »
The Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival is the premier heritage festival in West Virginia. It is an annual festival held every 3rd weekend in June in Ansted WV! It is hosted by the AIM/Hometown Mountain Heritage Committee. Activities include Coal Shoveling contest, Hometown 5-K Run, Flea Market, Kids Carnival, Heritage Demonstrations, Chain Saw Artist, Horseshoe Pitching Contest, Memorabilia Displays, Arts & Crafts Vendor Booths, and more.Find out more »
A multi-sport off road race including mountain biking, kayaking, and trail running. Leaving from down town Fayetteville, WV and leading you on an amazing loop through the New River Gorge utilizing all the great outdoor opportunities that the area has to offer.Find out more »
Beginner friendly family triathlon held in the heart of the New River gorge. Make memories with your family as you bike, paddle, and run.Find out more »
Enjoy the celebration of Fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, music and more! www.oakleaffestival.comFind out more »
Enjoy arts & crafts, music and great food at Hawks Nest State Park.Find out more »
Two race courses will offer opportunity for intermediate and advanced paddlers to compete; Attainment Race & Down River Race. Race fee is $30 per person with online registration date TBA. This includes both races even if you choose to only do one race. Proceeds benefit the Fayette County 4-H Outdoor Adventure Club for area high school students. Additional donations are welcomed. 1:00pm West Virginia's first Kid's SUP Race. More details to come. Free for kids and parents. 2:00pm Attainment Race…Find out more »
Every year on the third Saturday in October the New River Gorge Bridge closes to traffic and opens to attitude! BASE jumpers, rappellers, vendors and spectators share the excitement, the spectacle, the experience of Bridge Day! Come be a part of it. Big Bridge, Big Adventure, Bridge Day!Find out more »