Would your group like to explore historic sites? Dine in casual restaurants with metropolitan flavors? Discover eclectic shops for antiques and other surprises?
What if you could do it all in one place?
You can and it will be delivered in the rugged beauty of Appalachia. Welcome to the New River Gorge Region of Southern West Virginia, and excellent opportunity for coach tours. We’re less than a day’s drive from 50% of the population of the United States. That means we’re just around the corner from you!
Planning group tours can be challenging, especially in a new region. That’s why we’ve pulled together some itinerary ideas to showcase a taste of what the New River Gorge has to offer. If you’re interested, give us a call at 800-927-0263 and we’ll help you customize and coordinate a trip that is perfect for your group.
Parks | Untamed Appalachia
Babcock State Park: Surrounded by the New River Gorge National River this state park is home to the famous Glade Creek Gristmill. This rustic mill functions as it would have in the late 1800s grinding grains with the power of Glade Creek. You’ll also find a gift shop, hiking trails and even a small lake for fishing and canoe rentals!
Hawks Nest State Park: The view of the New River Gorge from the famous Hawks Nest Overlook is like none other. But for a real thrill visitors can ride an aerial tram down to the river and board the New River Jet Boat, voted “Best of the Road” by Rand McNally! You’ll travel by water through the canyon stopping just below the New River Gorge Bridge for spectacular photo opportunities!
New River Gorge National River: Our gorge has been referred to as the Grand Canyon of the East. With 70,000+ acres of protected wilderness and a nearly 1000’ deep cliff lined river canyon we believe that name is accurate.
Be sure to swing by the National Park Service’s Canyon Rim Visitors Center located adjacent to New River Gorge Bridge and Interstate 19. Exhibits will explain more about the New River Region’s diverse natural and industrial history. Folks can get a picture perfect view of the bridge from the overlook and cool off browsing the gift shop for souvenirs.
Adventure | It’s What We Know
Bridge Walk: Did you know you can walk across the New River Gorge Bridge? Guests to our region are now able to walk across the canyon on a walkway supended below the bridge. Safely harnessed in and 850 feet above the river the views are simply breathtaking.
Canopy Tours: Imagine soaring through the canopies of lush forests and across beautiful creek gorges! Now, stop imagining and do it. Our region hosts two outfitters that offer zipline tours through the treetops of the New River Gorge. Gain a new perspective on a beautiful natural environment.
Bridge Day | West Virginia’s Largest One Day Festival
You won’t find a festival anywhere with more adventure than Bridge Day! On October 18 in the beautiful New River Gorge in Southern West Virginia we will be celebrating 35 years of Bridge Day. And this year’s celebration will be bigger than ever!
Thrill at beautiful fall foliage as more than 400 BASE jumpers from around the world, including the Red Bull Air Force Team, float down with their colorful parachutes. Enjoy special performances, vendors, and take advantage of the one day each year that guests can walk across top of the New River Gorge Bridge. It is a once in a lifetime experience your guests will be talking about for a long time! Call us for all the details on how your group can get the insider track.
History | Visit The Past
Whipple Company Store: In the coalfields of Southern Appalachia the company store was the cultural center. Worth a visit for it’s impressive architectural features alone, a tour through this historic building will introduce viewers to the life, times and people of the coal mining era.
Thurmond Train Station: When coal was king and the New River Gorge was lined with over 20 towns the only way in, or out, for most was the railroad. Thurmond was a key stop on the lines that ran through the Gorge and has been restored and preserved by the National Park Service. Stroll through a real New River ghost town!
Shop And Explore | Something For Everyone
Blue Smoke Salsa: West Virginia is famous for hot dogs and pepperoni rolls, but did you know we’re also famous for salsa? Visitors to the Blue Smoke Salsa Factory can see how this famous culinary delight is cooked up while exploring the gift shop!
The Fayetteville Theater: Do you remember the magic of catching a Saturday show at the theater? Relive the experience. Located in the heart of Fayetteville, a quaint mountain town, the historic theater is a great place to catch a play or concert. Afterwards, take advantage of Fayetteville’s famous variety of restaurants founded by folks from around the country, and the world. You can even do a little antique shopping!