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New River rafting: what it’s all about

There’s no need to wait hours in line at an amusement park. Instead, play in the New River, where spine-tingling waves mix with lazy pools. Meet the New Some things get better with time, like violins and wine. Whitewater, too— especially if you’re into rafting. In fact, the New River is one of the world’s… Read More

George’s favorite summertime hangouts

Hey there, folks! As an outdoorsman, I love every season. Not gonna lie. But come summer, it’s impossible not to feel like a kid again. All that sunshine, you know? It’s like an invitation to play outside. I don’t care how old you are! Come hang out with me in the New River Gorge. I’ll… Read More

The most exciting music event of the summer!

Meet West Virginia’s answer to Woodstock. It’s almost time for the Mountain Music Festival! Get ready for stage-stomping bands, lakeside parties, workshops and more June 1-3. How West Virginia rolls Ask someone about the Mountain State, and he or she will probably mention music, outdoors and comfort food. Sampling all 3 is easy; just hop… Read More

The many faces of our wild, wonderful Gorge

It takes a village to make a vacation. National Travel and Tourism Week is here! To celebrate, we’ve collected details about our local economy and how it’s impacted by visitors like you— and the many folks who keep the Gorge going. The (tourism) Big Bang Travel. Most of us associate it with a destination, fancy… Read More

Meet local farmers— and shop for fresh food!

It’s almost time for the annual Fayette County Farmers Market! Head to Fayetteville and Oak Hill for vegetables, fruit, baked goods and delicacies fresh from the fields. Your open-air grocery store  This time of year, supermarkets stock up on summer favorites: corn, strawberries, tomatoes and the like. But imagine knowing exactly where all your food… Read More

Ramps, wild and on the menu

Supercharge your senses with this potent, punchy wild leek. It’s the limited release of the season: ramps! Harvest these plants or treat yourself to a seasonal meal in the New River Gorge. Either way, you’re in for an Appalachian treat. Wild, wonderful … and in-demand! It’s the best of both worlds: a wild leek that… Read More

What’s “growing on” in the Gorge

There’s a world-class ecosystem in our backyard. And now that it’s April, park programs, special hikes, and Earth Day events come into full bloom. Don’t let a single warm day go to waste. Strap on those boots and soak up glorious views and sunshine! Easter Sunrise Bridge Walk Be one of the first to greet… Read More

More fun is coming to the New River Gorge!

Whitewater rafting gets a high-tech upgrade. The New River’s legendary rapids have entertained folks for generations. Now, safety features and controlled rides make rafting more accessible than ever. Soon, the New River will be turned into a water park. Technical rapids, technical considerations Every river has personality, and the New is no exception. The placid Upper… Read More

New season, new deals!

Spring break starts now with these tempting offers! Old Man Winter has really been slacking off. Now it’s your turn! With special whitewater packages and zip lining adventures to choose from, it looks like a new season is finally here. Waves of savings  Beginning in March, ACE Adventure Resort has the earliest commercial rafting trips… Read More

Trivia time! Do you know these 11 facts about the Gorge?

Our wild wilderness has its quirky side. The New River Gorge teems with history, natural curiosities and memorable landmarks. With all that activity, it’s a trivia collector’s delight! Check out these nifty facts: 1. The New River Gorge Bridge appears on the quarter for West Virginia— an honor it swept from the Mothman. 2. Something… Read More

Top 4 excuses to book a winter cabin

Many of us may be dreaming of summer, but don’t rule out winter just yet – a snowy cabin vacation can be good for the soul! Here’s how to get cozy, well fed and entertained in the Gorge: 1. The Fayetteville dining scene Outdoor recreation might be the New River Gorge’s claim to fame, but… Read More

Sweet inspirations for Valentine’s Day

Nothing says “I love you” better than a special meal. Our bakeries, cafes, and restaurants have sweet and savory ways to help you celebrate! Dessert first Simple pleasures go a long way— especially if they’re warm from the oven. Oak Hill’s new Sugar and Spice Bakery will have heart-shaped cookies, iced and ready to go with… Read More

Walk, jog and race in the Gorge for 2017

Exercising for the New Year doesn’t have to be a grind. When you add waterfalls and clifftop views to your workout, burning calories is (almost) no sweat. Take a hike or run through the New River Gorge to make those New Year’s resolutions more manageable. Check out these hiking suggestions: Starter treks 1. First Day… Read More

George’s New River Gorge holiday must list

It’s the most wonderful time of the year— and in the Gorge! If you’re anything like me, the holidays are full of delicious pitfalls like candy canes, bread pudding and fruitcake for Christmas! But that’s OK, because heck— it’s only once a year, and you can always walk off that eggnog in the Gorge. So… Read More

Your Gorge Gifting Getaway Guide

Give yourself the gift of a little getaway, and score amazing gifts for everyone on your list, all at once. Take care of all your shopping on a relaxing pre-holiday trip to the gorge. Discover unique finds from our restaurants, boutiques and local shops. Service with a smile— and deals! This year, treat your foodie… Read More

George gives us the low-down on these 5 Gorge bike trails

Like mountain biking? I can show ya the best rides in the New River Gorge! Join me, George of the Gorge, and I’ll show you where to find terrific stacked loops, mining ruins and secluded forest paths. Saddle up and join the party! 1. Arrowhead Trails Helmet heads come far and wide for the privilege… Read More

The most relaxing way to enjoy mountain foliage from top to bottom

Relax on a serene chairlift for stirring, high-altitude views! Before the snow sets in, catch the scarlet and canary-yellow leaves at Winterplace Ski Resort. Hop aboard their chairlifts and snap some photos for the best Flat Top Mountain vistas. Take a fall ride! Winterplace certainly lives up to its name; with 20 snowtubing lanes and… Read More

Get goosebumps in the Gorge!

Here’s where to find the best Halloween spook-tacles! Now that Oct. 31 is almost here, join us for some spooky fun! Here are the Gorge’s best haunted trails, games and festivities: Mothman Sightings in the Gorge! For the entire month of October, Point Pleasant’s red-eyed creature makes its home in Fayetteville. Epic Escape Game New… Read More

George’s favorite BASE-scouting spots

Howdy, folks! George here. I wanted to share some of my favorite spots to catch the Bridge Day action! If you’ve never seen BASE jumpers and rappellers descending into the Gorge, it’s an incredible sight! That’s 876 feet of raw nerve. 1. From a raft What if you could watch parachutes drifting right at you?… Read More

Upper Gauley gets the fame— but try the Lower. Trust us:

Did you know the world-famous “Beast of the East” whitewater river run has a lesser-known, but just as thrilling 2nd half? When it comes to rafting the Gauley River, most folks focus on the fiery Upper. But that’s all the more reason why you should paddle the Lower. Take advantage of still-wild drops, rapids and… Read More

Uncover the New River Gorge’s unsung history

To discover the New River Gorge’s most alluring historical secrets and drama, you have to get leave the beaten path. We can show you where. This month, workshops, contests and reenactments put a spotlight on our region’s gems-in-the-rough.  Carnifex Ferry Civil War Battle Reenactment | Sept. 9-11 Get caught up in the drama of an explosive… Read More

5 unique things you’ll see from the rapids

Search for shoreline surprises on your next trip down the New and Gauley rivers. The ride’s the thrill, but some of the most intriguing history, scenery and natural features are along the banks. Just keep your eyes peeled! Watch for these along the way: 1. Jump rocks Ignore the blunt, unimaginative name. It doesn’t do… Read More

Climb with the gals at these 4 climbing events!

Develop new skills with women-only rock climbing clinics and workshops on America’s best sandstone! Here’s where ladies can scale the rocks: 1. Chicks Rock! Chicks Climbing & Skiing emphasizes female empowerment and quality instruction on rocks and ice. Only the best climbing destinations attract their attention, and every summer, the New River Gorge is one… Read More

A bigger, wilder waterpark!

Play faster, higher and stronger than ever at ACE’s Wonderland Waterpark. This sprawling adventure lake has a ton of of new rides and upgrades— and still sports old favorites like the BLOB.  What’s the BLOB? The concept is easy, but carrying it off requires some imagination. While you lie on the BLOB’s back— think of it as… Read More

NRG: Summer in a scoop: 4 best ice-cream joints

Scoop up some only-in-West-Virginia flavor! Calling all sweet tooths! The creamiest, most creative frozen desserts are now in town. Here’s where you can satisfy your cravings: 1. Delfino’s Pizza and Ice Cream, Oak Hill  This restaurant’s old-time desserts are irresistibly tempting. Delfino’s pretty much has everything you’d expect from a diner: dipped cones, jumbo banana… Read More

New to the Gorge? New River George can help!

Meet your best guide to the New River Gorge area: New River George!  Whether you’re a whitewater rafter, a climber or a nature buff, there’s a lot to love about the New River Gorge— a lot. With our newest tour guide, you won’t miss a thing! “Just call me the Steve Irwin of Appalachia,” George… Read More

Discover local wildlife at the Birding and Nature Festival

Meet the New River Gorge’s rarest and most colorful feathered neighbors up close. Bird lovers have something to crow about in May. The Birding and Nature Festival showcases the Gorge’s incredibly diverse animal and plant population. Are you all atwitter? Here’s what to expect: On the wing The Bird and Nature Festival hasn’t been around… Read More

Gems to discover this wildflower weekend

Wildflower Weekend will put a spring in your hiking boots! Get outside and marvel at the New River Gorge’s tapestry of colorful plants. Wildflower Weekend runs April 22-24 and our parks are blooming with activities and jaunts. Here’s an inside peek: Where the wild things are… The Gorge area has the most floral diversity in… Read More

$4+ Bridge tolls to start in 2017

A tollbooth on the New River Gorge Bridge will tax motorists in order to raise math awareness.  The Appalachian Parkways Authority will collect cash-only tolls on the New River Gorge Bridge. By early 2017, drivers can expect to pay $4.41 for 2-axle passenger vehicles. This controversial development will fund bridge upkeep and force drivers to… Read More

There’s still time to get a ‘winter’ rate on a cabin in the gorge!

Springtime is here, but low-season deals make mountain escapes more affordable than ever! Lots of cabins still have winter rates through March, so you can enjoy the warmth, but at winter prices. Whether you like deluxe cabins or rustic retreats, the Gorge has a cozy spot for you. Take advantage of warmer temperatures and fewer… Read More