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And this is more than a website.
It’s a map to your time off. The New River Gorge is a place for families. For groups. For couples. There's adventure to be found here. Relaxation, too. You've found an outdoor playground.
So read all of the sections. Call up and ask questions. Plan your trip to the New River Gorge. Chat with us. But above all, come here and visit. Because this is that place.
The World's Best Whitewater
There was a time in your life when adventure meant something.
You know, back before commitment and responsibility took over? Weekends made up a vital part of your existence. Vacations were the stuff of legend. That feeling still exists in the New River Gorge, on the world’s best whitewater rafting. Come find it.
Around here, it's known as the big bridge. It was the biggest arch bridge in the world at one time. We still celebrate it that way.
It's the center of the vacation compass around here, also known as the New River Gorge Bridge. So go climb next to it. Paddle under it. Enjoy one of the trails near it. Walk through it! (That one's new.) When you see it, you'll know- it is something to celebrate.
Here's what makes or breaks a vacation: lodging. We can help you find the perfect place for you. A secluded cabin in the forest. A Bed and Breakfast with a big front porch. A hotel within walking walking distance to town. Make your stay as important as your adventure. Do your lodging up right.
The New River Gorge has as many choices for dining in and dining out as there are appetites. From gourmet meals to simple fair, from on-the-go eats to slow roasted wild game barbecue, you can find plenty of good eating for everyone here in the gorge. Theis is the place to let your vacation eat, drink, and be merry!
Bridge Day is West Virginia's largest one day festival. The reason? It's also the world's largest extreme sports festival. And watching people rappel and BASE jump of of one of the largest bridges in the world is a very big experience. And with the lure of whitewater rafting continually calling, there's never a shortage of things happening around the New River Gorge.
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 Golf Outing
Is your dad a golfer? Treat him to a challenge with a rolling mountain course. Test your skills against him, or stroke his ego and learn from him as you play a round. Hawk’s Nest State Park has a great 9-hole course. The Bridgehaven course includes 18 holes, with an easy front 9 and an extremely challenging challenging second half. Play the first half as a warmup, or choose the 9 that fit your (and your dad’s) skill level.
2. Climb and Continue
How about something a little more physically demanding to do with Dad? Try a climbing adventure. New River Mountain Guides and Hard Rock Climbing can both take you out on a full- or half-day climbing and rapelling trip, and show you the ropes, literally. And it doesn’t have to be a 1-day-only adventure. Climbing is one of the more affordable outdoor activities. Start a new hobby together; grab some gear at Waterstone Outdoors, and keep climbing with Pop all year.
3. Drink up!
Does your dad enjoy a good brew? Take him out for a pizza and huge selection of drinks at Pies and Pints. Since he won’t be able to try all of the brews on the menu in a night, swing by Studio B afterward. Let your dad to create his own mix-and-match beverage pack to take home a few more samples.
4. A Day for Dad
Looking for a simple day of quality time? Take a hike or bike ride, then visit the Ansted Hometown Mountain Heritage Festival, where you’ll find special Father’s Day activities, in addition to live entertainment, vendors and craft and heritage demonstrations to try together. Top it off with Father’s Day Dinner at Smokey’s on the Gorge. If your dad has a WV ID, he’ll save 10% (or you will, since you’re getting this one, right?) You’ll also both be entered for a chance to win a guided fishing trip to take together.
5. Simple and Wrappable
Don’t have the time for a trip on Father’s Day? Try American Hardware for a gift you can fit into a box. The staff can gladly help you find something your dad will love. Or, appeal to his stomach with something spicy. Assemble a gift pack with kettle-cooked salsa and guacamole chips from Blue Smoke Salsa. The heat start at mild and kicks up all the way to Triple-X, which dares eaters with a “nearly dangerous” label.
What are you getting for Dad this Father’s Day?
More Than White Water Rafting Ever Thought About Being
The New River Gorge. This Is That Place.