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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 may seem counterintuitive, but going outside will warm up your body and soul. The Gorge has plenty of beautiful sights to see this winter.

  • Endless Wall: Towering evergreens lead the way to sweeping views of the New River Gorge on the Endless Wall trail. This hike is so beautiful it was chosen as the number one National Park hike by USA Today!
  • Hawks Nest State Park: The view from the overlook at Hawks Nest is just as beautiful when the temperatures drop! Hike the Hawks Nest Rail Trail to see waterfalls and the remnants of a coal mine.
  • Thurmond: Visit the ghost town of Thurmond! Get a glimpse of the Gorge’s history in this former railroad town along the New River.

Family fun
Get out of the house with the whole family!

Challenge your family to a game of bowling at Pinheads this winter. This bowling alley in Oak Hill features 12 lanes, craft beer and unique food options. Visit Friday and Saturday nights for cosmic bowling – family time is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Epic Escape Game New River Gorge in downtown Fayetteville is the perfect place to escape the cold! Gather your group to stop a runaway train or flee from the Mothman.

Live music
Looking to warm up by grooving to some live music? Fayetteville has you covered!

The Grove features unique bands, musicians and visual artists year round. To get a glimpse of the entertainment schedule, follow them on Facebook. They’re located above Secret Sandwich Society, so grab dinner and a brew before a show one night!

Southside Junction in downtown Fayetteville also features live music regularly. This new-to-town bar serves up craft beer and wine – follow them on social media for upcoming events and specials!

Heartwarming meals
Wintertime is the perfect time for comfort food, and the Gorge has plenty to keep you full and warm all season long!

Head into Top Knot Coffee and Artisan Shop to get away from the frigid cold. This cozy shop on Main Street in Oak Hill is the perfect place to warm you up from the inside out. In the mood for a meal? Try a freshly baked muffin or one of their signature “smashed” sandwiches.

Wood Iron Eatery in Fayetteville serves up coffee and brunch staples with a twist. Try one of their homemade waffles, or the “hipster bread” (aka, avocado toast). This restaurant is a newcomer to the Gorge dining scene, but it’s already a favorite among locals.

What’s your favorite way to stay warm in the Gorge?

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