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Cold Treats in the New River Gorge

The fall weather is teasing us with spurts of breezy weather, but the summer still keeps coming back strong with scorching afternoons. Good thing the New River Gorge restaurants provide chilled treats to help you keep cool. Here are 5 great cold dishes you can grab in the New River Gorge area to fend off summer’s… Read More

5 Reasons You Should Whitewater Raft The Gauley River

The raging Gauley River is only open to whitewater rafters and boaters a few days a year, when they release the dam and send a flood of water racing down the rapids. It’s one of the world’s best whitewater runs. Give the Gauley a go. Grab a paddle and hop aboard a raft this year. Why?… Read More

Summit Adds Even More Adventure to the New River Gorge

The Boy Scouts of America’s Summit Bechtel Reserve high adventure center will finally be opening soon! Kicking off with the 2013 Jamboree, the reserve will start offering adventure programs to Scouts from across the country, allowing a whole new crew of outdoor lovers to share the wonder of the New River Gorge. Here’s a quick look… Read More

Celebrate July 4 in the New River Gorge

The confetti just settled from our West Virginia birthday celebration, and we’re already hanging more streamers to celebrate the USA’s birthday. July 4 is around the corner, and the New River Gorge will be celebrating Thursday through the entire weekend. Thursday, July 4 During Independence Day, the Fayetteville Lions Club will kick off the party… Read More

5 Gorge Gift Ideas for Dad this Father’s Day

Father’s Day is on its way, so it’s time to start thinking about how to show Dad you appreciate the heck out of him. Don’t wait until the last second to get your gift! There are plenty of perfect Father’s Day trips and gifts in the New River Gorge: 1. Take a Swing at a… Read More

New River Gorge Eats For Every Diet

Vegetarian? Vegan? Organic-only? Locavore? Gluten Free? No problem. Many of our local, independently-owned restaurants here in the New River Gorge fix up fresh options for any dietary need. Here are just a few of the eateries that offer special diet fare:  Secret Sandwich Society Any sandwich on the Society’s superstar menu can be easily made… Read More

What To Know Before You Hit the Trails on Horseback

It’s the old Western cliche: to ride off into the sunset on a noble, galloping steed. This scene gets used over and over again. It is freedom. The cowboy sits atop a wild animal, taking off into the wilderness to who-knows-where. In many cultures, the swift dash of an unbridled horse represents a free spirit…. Read More

What You Need to Know: 5 Beginner Whitewater Rafting Tips

So you’re grabbing a paddle and heading out to take on the raging river rapids? Lucky you! First timer? No worries! Here’s what you need to know before you go: Shade from the Sun Bring some sunscreen. Even if the sun isn’t blazing through the clouds in the morning, it might peek out as the… Read More

4 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in the New River Gorge

Earth Day is right around the corner (April 22)! We’re glancing out across the sweeping New River Gorge, and getting excited to celebrate our gorgeous scenery and adventure playgrounds! Have you thought about your Earth Day plans? We have some ideas for you: Play The most exciting way to celebrate Earth Day is with an… Read More

Take On the Gristmill Grinder at Babcock State Park

Ever have trouble motivating yourself to run or exercise? We found the solution. Start your run in the most photographed setting in the state, the Babcock State Park’s Glade Creek Gristmill. Fall in love with the beauty of the mill, and your feet will keep bringing you back to it. The surrounding area is full… Read More

All About What’s in Store for the Historic Fayette Theater in 2013

After 20 years of award-winning performers and thrilling shows, and the Historic Fayette Theater is bringing out all the dazzle for its milestone 2013 season. Comedy lovers can get a healthy dose of laughs throughout the season. A quirky story takes the stage with the April and May production of “Panache.”When an argument about a… Read More

The Best Books About the New River Gorge

Still thirsting for more information about the New River Gorge after flipping through our blogs? Here are a few suggestions for further reading: New River Gorge Trail Guide, Steve Cater Any list of books about the New River Gorge must include a trail guide. One of the most diverse outdoor recreation centers in the world,… Read More

Take Comfort in a Gorge Plate: Warm Up with WV Comfort Food

We love to rave about the Gorge area’s unique and flavor-charged food scene, but have we mentioned yet that it’s also a great spot to find comfort foods? Especially in the cold winter months, when you’re looking to curl up inside with a warm, comfy meal. Sink into an inviting plate of any of the… Read More

Happy Sesquicentennial, West Virginia! (Wait, Ses-qui-say-what?)

Nearing the 150th birthday of West Virginia (its sesquicentennial) June 20 of this year, we’re looking back at the battles that defined our state’s founding values, and planning grand celebrations of our independence. A central locale in the fight to control the railroad-connected and salt-rich Kanawha Valley during the Civil War, the New River Gorge was… Read More

Plan Your Dream Wedding in the New River Gorge

Getting hitched? Want to remember it not just because you’re saying “I do,” but because you’re exchanging those vows in one of the most beautiful, culturally colorful areas in the world? The New River Gorge is exactly what you’re looking for. Setting Your Scene The New River Gorge is basically a multi-county spanning perfect backdrop,… Read More

Checklist: All the Best of West Virginia Holiday Gifts

Time’s winding down to find the perfect gifts for the holidays. Let us ease your search: the New River Gorge area is a one-stop shop for everyone on your list. And we’ve made it even easier for you: here’s a mini checklist of WV-crafted New River Gorge must-haves. (** denotes that you can buy online…. Read More

Winter Wildlife in the New River Gorge

In the summertime, the New River Gorge is a hotspot for outdoor recreation of many kinds. The Gorge swarms with adventure seekers enjoying the river, the rocks and the woods that make this area so spectacular. And animals live here for the same reasons. It’s remote and rugged and has plenty of place for them… Read More

Why You Should Come Back to the New River Gorge for Thanksgiving

Even though it’s mid-November, it’s still technically fall here in Gorge Country. Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s not better time to get back here and enjoy the New River Gorge again before winter officially arrives. West Virginia is a natural halfway point for a lot of places in the eastern US, so meeting up… Read More

Halloween Happenings Around The Gorge

Halloween is a wild time for both kids and kids at heart. What kid isn’t mesmerized by the fact that for one night they can beg at every door for candy? For adults, there’s just something about it being acceptable to run around in a costume that takes them back in time. Whether it’s the… Read More

Bridge Day 2012: We Help You Plan Your Day On The Bridge

West Virginia’s largest single day festival is upon us. We want to make sure you are ready to make the most of Bridge Day 2012. So, we’ve compiled a list of things you’ll want to know to plan your day on the Bridge. Read on. The Essentials Bridge Day is a wonderful event in and… Read More

Your New River Gorge Fall Checklist

Have you ever visited the New River Gorge in the fall? If not, you’re missing out on what some people feel is the best time of year to be here. As the autumn foliage really starts to paint the mountains with color, spending time in the Gorge becomes even more beautiful. With days that are… Read More

It’s Gauley Season in West Virginia!

Fall in southern West Virginia brings cooler temperatures and beautiful colors. But that’s not the only thing that gets us excited about autumn around here. It also brings some extreme whitewater. That’s right: Gauley Season. The fall draw down of the water in Summersville Lake makes the Gauley River premier whitewater for thrill seekers from… Read More

Why We’re Excited For Bridge Day 2012

Have you ever been to Bridge Day? If you have, you already know about the fun and excitement this festival has to offer. And it’s getting better every year. Bridge Day 2012 is gearing up to be the best one yet. Here’s why we’re excited and why you should be too. New for 2012 BASE… Read More

Cabin Vacations in the New River Gorge: All the Amenities

Planning a vacation in the New River Gorge? Trying to decide where to stay? Well in case you hadn’t heard, there are a lot of cabins here and they make for great temporary residences for your Gorge vacation. We know you know how to pack for a vacation. But knowing what you need to bring… Read More

Best Mountain Bike Trails Around The New River Gorge

Do you mountain bike often? Yes? Want to give it a try? Yes? Then you need to get out and enjoy the trails we’re blessed with here in the New River Gorge. From easy old rail grades to technical single track, there’s plenty of biking to keep any level of rider entertained. Riders From Mellow… Read More

West Virginia’s Coal Mining Past – The Whipple Company Store

There is a rich history of coal mining in this area. Just in the New River Gorge alone, there were once over 60 coal camps or mining towns. Throughout West Virginia, there were hundreds of these camps, and almost every town had its own company store. Virtually all of these company stores have fallen victim… Read More

How The New River Rapids Got Their Names

The New River is rafted by tens of thousands of people every summer. Rafters are guided through rapids rated class I – IV, and those rapids all have unique names. If you’ve rafted the New River many times you may know the names of the rapids by heart. But how much do you know about… Read More

Defy Gravity on a Zip Line In the New River Gorge

Have you ever been zip lining? If you have, then you know it’s an activity where you wear a harness, get attached to a cable with pulleys, and let elevation and gravity take you for a ride. Sound fun? Well, gravity is alive and well in the New River Gorge. And we’re not just talking… Read More