New River Gorge Area Events

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?

Seasonal Events

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

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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January 2017

NRG 100 Mile Challenge Continues in 2017

January 1 - December 31

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…

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April 2017

NPS Park Prescription Day

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
New River Gorge National Park, Visitor Center Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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New River Gorge Trail

Activities:  Guided Walks Yoga Tai Chi Trail Run Gear to try: Stand up paddle boards Climbing Harness Fly Fishing Rods Mountain Bikes NRG National River Grandview Area Sunday, April 23, 2017 12 P.M. - 4 P.M.

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Youth Arts in the Parks 2017 Art Contest Announced

April 28 - April 30
Tamarack, 1 Tamarack Place, Beckley, WV 25801, USA
Beckley, WV 25801 United States
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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…

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2017 Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend

April 28 - April 30

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…

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May 2017

Mountaineer Strong Race – May 20, 2017

May 20
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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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…

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Mountaineer Tenderfoot Race – May 21st

May 21
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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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…

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Wonderland Mountain Challenge – May 27, 2017

May 27
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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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.…

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June 2017

Mountain Music Festival – June 1st, 2nd & 3rd

June 1 - June 3
Ace Adventure Resort, Minden, WV 25901, USA
Minden, WV 25901 United States
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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.com

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White Oak Rail Trail Expo

June 3 - June 4
Virginia Ave, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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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!

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Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival

June 15 - June 19

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.

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August 2017

Captain Thurmond’s, New River Gorge Challenge

August 5 - August 7

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.

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Thurmond Triathlon, Town of Thurmond, WV

August 6 - August 7

Beginner friendly family triathlon held in the heart of the New River gorge. Make memories with your family as you bike, paddle, and run.

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September 2017

Oak Leaf Festival 2017

September 1 - September 4
Town of Oak Hill, Oak Hill, WV, USA
Oak Hill, WV United States
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Enjoy the celebration of Fall with vendors, crafts, quilts, music and more! www.oakleaffestival.com

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Country Roads Festival

September 16 - September 18
Hawk’s Nest State Park, Ansted, WV 25812, USA
Ansted, WV 25812 United States
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Enjoy arts & crafts, music and great food at Hawks Nest State Park.

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New River Gorge SUP Race 2017

September 17 @ 12:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Adventure on the Gorge, Ames Heights Road, Lansing, WV 25862, USA
Lansing, WV 25862 United States
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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…

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October 2017

38th Annual Official Bridge Day

October 21 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, 310 Oyler Ave, Oak Hill, WV 25901, USA
Oak Hill, WV 25901 United States
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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!

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