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Flora, Fauna and Fun at Birding and Nature Festival!

With spring on the horizon, soon the Gorge will be blooming with wildflowers and native animalspecies will become more active. And there’s no better way to explore the natural flora and fauna of our region than The New River Birding & Nature Festival. This unique festival will be held April 29 – May 4 and… Read More

Experience the New River in a NEW way!

There are some big changes coming to The Dries! This playful section of the New River is getting something that whitewater enthusiasts have been asking for: scheduled water releases that will create exciting rapids! The History of The Dries Since 1933, the Hawks Nest Tunnel and Dam has been diverting water from the New River… Read More

Have You Visited This New Playground In the Gorge?

Gorge visitors and locals alike now have a new playground right in their backyard! What used to be 300 acres of unused land is now Needleseye Boulder Park: a park for public recreational use located in Oak Hill that’s perfect for hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing. In early 2017, the West Virginia Land Trust… Read More

Stay Warm in the New River Gorge

The holidays are over, and winter has settled in to the Gorge. The cold temperatures may make you want to stay home, but there’s plenty to get out and do all season long. Here’s some of our favorite ways to stay warm this winter. Get outside Get your heart pumping with a scenic hike! It… Read More

The Gorge Is In All Its Holiday Splendor!

It’s the holiday season, and the Gorge is dressed up in splendor! Celebrate with light displays, an adventurous walk and a New Year’s Eve party on the rim of the Gorge. Walking in a Winter Wonderland Every December, the Fayette County Park turns into a holiday scene fit for St. Nick himself. Each day until… Read More

Frozen Falls: The New River Gorge’s Best Winter Cascades

Winter is one of the best times to search for waterfalls. The wetter the season, the bigger the cascade. Freezing temperatures make them even more beautiful. It’s a two-for-one deal from nature! Search the New River Gorge for these favorites: Cathedral Falls Majestic and imposing, this cascade lives up to its name. It falls more… Read More

A Different View: Unique Ways to View Gorge Fall Colors

The leaves are getting ready to peak here in the New River Gorge and there are a number of great spots to enjoy the fall colors. From the visitor’s center overlook to Long Point Trail, some of the more popular destinations will get you that classic gorge photo. But, there are a few other options… Read More

Celebrate Country Music Legend Hank Williams Sr. This Weekend

Celebrate a classic country legend with ties to the New River Gorge. On September 22, enjoy live music, craft beer and wine, local food and classic cars in Downtown Oak Hill at the Hank Williams Sr. Tribute and Craft Beer and Wine Festival! Hank Williams’ Legacy If you don’t know Hank Williams, many would say… Read More

2018 Gauley Season is here!

According to the National Park Service, over 60,000 people come to challenge themselves on the Gauley River annually. Gauley Season is here, and there’s still time to book your trip for a life-changing experience on one of the most renowned whitewater rivers in the world! What’s so great about it? Gauley Season means scheduled releases… Read More

Oak Leaf Festival celebrates the arrival of fall

The city of Oak Hill will celebrate the arrival of fall with the 20th annual Oak Leaf Festival. The festival runs through the first weekend of September and will host a wide range of activities for families to enjoy. Friday, August 31 Start your weekend with the Sweet Taste of Fayette County baking contest at… Read More

NRG Games Weekend will feature triathlons for the extreme seekers and beginners

Two New River Gorge triathlons will offer up triple the challenges along one of the oldest rivers in the world. New River Gorge Games Weekend, August 4-5, is a chance for highly trained triathletes and beginners alike to test their limits. The legendary Captain Thurmond’s Challenge is a 28.5 mile triathlon featuring equally challenging portions… Read More

Dig Into West Virginia’s 50th Year of Whitewater Rafting

The Birth of An Industry  When the Dragan brothers, Jon, Tom, and Chris, began Wildwater Unlimited 50 years ago in Thurmond, West Virginia, they had no way of knowing they were creating an industry that would become a vital part of the state’s present day tourism industry. That first year the Dragans showed 80 people… Read More

Take a peek into Thurmond’s boom years

Virtually a ghost town now, Thurmond, WV is set to roll out the welcome mats to offer visitors a glimpse into its renowned history. The fifth annual Thurmond Train Day is Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is being hosted by the National Park Service, the Thurmond Performance Team, National… Read More

Inaugural Festival Bridges New River Gorge Past and Present

The New River Gorge Sports and Car Festival (June 21-24), sponsored by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, kicks off this year for the first time. The four-day event is a showcase of sporting opportunities in the New River Gorge area and offers fun and competition for all attendees, featuring a two-day golf tournament, a… Read More

Skip the beach: 4 deals for your spring break

Spring is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a greening Gorge and big, BIG whitewater waves. Check out these deals for your spring break getaway! Spring specials Spring = big water on the New River. Snowmelt and rainfall come together to create huge waves, which  means an even more exciting rapid ride for you! Save… Read More

Searching for winter wildlife

Now is one of the most rewarding times to hike. Silent and silvery, winter reveals animals you might ordinarily miss. A wild, wonderful habitat Ancient sandstone canyons, rushing water and thick foliage create a unique ecosystem: the New River Gorge. According to the National Park Service, it’s also a “globally significant forest.” You can find… Read More

Fragile landscapes: Stephanie Danz’s Mountain Art Glass

Wild, wonderful, poetic … the New River Gorge is a living masterpiece. And if you’re like Stephanie Danz, the region inspires equally impressive artwork. Mountain Art Glass It was love at first sight. When Stephanie Danz arrived in the New River Gorge in 1974 for whitewater rafting, she was smitten. The region’s wild beauty captivated… Read More

Be mine, Valentine: a New River Gorge guide

Need some ideas for Valentine’s Day? From simple hikes to romantic escapes, our region has lots of inspiration for February 14. A gorge-ous retreat Awaken your senses with healthy exercises and majestic scenery. Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing will have a special yoga retreat for beginners, right smack dab on the canyon rim! Lessons… Read More

5 New Year’s resolutions you have to try for 2018

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be cliche. In the New River Gorge, they can be downright awesome! Here’s how you can spice up 2018: 1. Ride some waves Ever tried something that’s world class? Some of America’s best whitewater is right here! Start your new rafting journey on the New River. Lively and occasionally… Read More

Home for the holidays? Check out what’s new!

More restaurants and attractions have come to the New River Gorge this past year. If you’re hosting friends and family for Christmas, treat them to some local color and flavor! Top Knot Coffee and Artisan Shop Meet Oak Hill’s first micro roaster! Locally owned and operated, Top Knot is a pleasant little retreat. Cheerful alpaca… Read More

Turkey talk: fun facts about Thanksgiving’s Gorge-ous bird

Tom Turkey isn’t just a tasty entree. He’s also got his wild side! Find out what makes this bird so unique— and where he likes to live in the New River Gorge. Feathered facts It’s tempting to think of turkeys as fat, sluggish birds. They fill up a platter during Thanksgiving, after all. But the… Read More

Thanksgiving: a dining and takeout guide

Love the idea of Thanksgiving but hate the preparation, logistics, and cooking? Never fear: the New River Gorge is here. Find out where you can go for dining and takeaway! Thanksgiving buffet at Smokey’s Steakhouse | Lansing Adventures on the Gorge makes Thanksgiving simple— and delicious. Its timber-frame restaurant, Smokey’s Steakhouse, is the place to… Read More

These 4 Halloween events are full of treats!

Nightmare in the Gorge | Oak Hill Friday-Saturday nights until Oct. 28 Darkness falls early in autumn— especially when you’re deep in the forest, far from the glare of streetlights. Think you’re brave enough for the wild West Virginia woods? Nightmare in the Gorge raises the intensity with “abandoned” buildings, zip lines … and a… Read More

1 festival, 4 events: your Bridge Day preview

Think Bridge Day is limited to a few hours? Not so fast. You’ll need an entire weekend for America’s most extreme sports event. Look forward to… Taste of Bridge Day October 20 Nothing signals the start of the weekend like a cheerful Friday dinner. And at Taste of Bridge Day, you’ll definitely get into the… Read More

Fall favorites in the Gorge

Think all the fun is gone now that summer is over? Think again. Autumn in the New River Gorge is deliciously exciting. Check out these seasonal hits. Tasty treats Think of fall comfort food, and the words “pumpkin spice” probably come to mind. There’s plenty of that going on in the Gorge! And even if… Read More

On your marks, get set, SUP!

Get ready for some fast n’ furious stand-up paddleboarding on September 17. The annual New River Gorge SUP Race has competitions, cool activities and rapids aplenty. Down by the river As far as events go, this is as casual as they come. A self-proclaimed “grassroots” gathering, the New River Gorge SUP Race is for amateurs,… Read More

Your Oak Leaf Festival sneak peek!

Got any plans for early September? Venture over to Oak Hill for 3 days of parades, rides, music and good cheer. Here’s what the Oak Leaf Festival is all about: September 1 After work on Friday, head to Main Street for an early taste of the weekend. Starting at 6 p.m., rides, inflatable bounce houses… Read More

Where bike trails and craft beer flow

Pedal, explore and dine. Meet Arrowhead Bike Farm, Fayetteville’s rustic-chic hangout and biergarten! This old barn Set against thick forests, the cherry-red barn seems reminiscent of years past. Yet Arrowhead Bike Farm comfortably belongs to modern times. Thanks to owners Rich Ireland and Adam Angelona, the barn straddles both timelines successfully. String lights hang over… Read More

Tour the Gorge from rim to river!

At long last, you can wander the Gorge like a local. Fayetteville’s newest company takes full advantage of what brings visitors to town: history, up-close views, thrilling adventures and local treats and eats. Simply leave your car behind! With Hills to Hills Tours & Shuttle, there’s no need to worry about parking or touring on… Read More