Things To Do Near the New River Gorge

My family and I recently took a trip over to West Virginia to see the New River Gorge. Absolutely beautiful. Unfortunately, we were only there for two and a half days and couldn’t do most of the things on this list, but we definitely plan on going back. Obviously, this list can’t and won’t cover everything, but here are just a few things to do near West Virginia’s New River Gorge.

New River Gorge
Dat green doh.

Ziplining

Not me. Or my sister. Zipline Canopy Tour.
My sister and I went to Ace Adventure Resort and absolutely loved it. They have nine courses and two bridge walks with three amazing guides, Tiana, Caitlin, and Bobby (Hope I spelled those right. Pretty sure I spelled Bobby right. They even took the time to learn everyone's names). You're not just riding them down either: you go forward, backward, go upside-down, dance, and go on a world record-breaking zip. When the canopy tour was over (2-3 hours), there was free water, soda, and beer waiting for us. There's also a night zipline, if you want to try that out. Here's a video taken with my Geco Cam.


We also met a group that went with Adventures on the Gorge that really enjoyed their time. Here are a list of some places to go ziplining at the New River Gorge.

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Epic Escape Room

Our group of eight (four strangers and four of us) escaped with eight minutes to spare! We chose Mothman, which was moderately difficult, and had a lot of fun figuring things out.
There are three difficulty levels and one hour to escape the room. You get free hints that are given by the clue master through the screen at his or her discretion, and up to three clues that you can ask for. I couldn't take any photos for obvious reasons, so you should go check it out yourself!

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Rafting

We didn't go rafting because I thought it would be a lot of energy and exercise (yeah, I'm lazy), but I've heard so many good things that I can't wait to go back and try it. It doesn't hurt that everyone mentioned how fun and easy it was.

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Paintball

Who doesn't love paintball? It's one of the few ways you can shoot at friends and family for fun without getting in trouble :) They do have the opportunity to shoot you back, of course, so... just don't get shot.

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Fishing

We wanted to do this, but it seemed too complicated. I also don't understand the point of fishing if you can't eat what you catch >:) If you want to go, check out these tips! Make sure you have a WV fishing license, and check whether or not you need your own equipment or can rent it!

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Hawks Nest State Park

I actually found out about this park because we were looking for the ghost town, Hawks Nest. You can take a tram down (or just drive, it's pretty short), ride a jetboat, hike the trails, do some rafting. You can even visit a gift shop!

Things to Do

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Aerial Tramway
  • Jetboat Rides
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Nature Center
  • Cabins and Lodges
  • Fishing

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Thurmond

There were a lot of mining towns around the New River Gorge back in the day. Most of these places are ghost towns now, and you can still see a few buildings that nature has taken back.

Thurmond is very small town with a population of five, complete with a mayor and elections. Not technically a ghost town, but it is a nice, quiet place with old buildings that you can take pictures of.

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Climbing

The New River Gorge has lots of trees. And lots of rocks. I don't know much (or anything) about climbing, so here's a link from the National Park Service. If you're like me and would need a guide, here's a list of some places that'll help you out.

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Horseback Riding

I personally don't care much for horseback riding, but if it's your thing there are a bunch of places for this.

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And oh so much more...

It would take way too long for me to list every single thing to do at the New River Gorge and then link to everything. There is just SO much to do. You might've noticed while looking through the lists, but there are a few names that pop up multiple times. These places have everything from stand-up paddle boating and kayaking to obstacle courses and bridge walks. If my list just isn't cutting it for you or if you just want to take a look at all your options, definitely check these places out. And for more info on new travel destinations, subscribe to my newsletter!

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Shout Outs

Pies & Pints

Great pizza and great service. The first time, I ordered carry-out for a small Cuban Pork pizza that had pulled pork, onions, pineapple, jalapenos, and feta. Mmmmmm. Never had pulled pork on a pizza before and I really wish more places had that. The second time, I went with my family to get a (really) large 1/2 Sriracha Shrimp, 1/2 Grape & Gorgonzola. I was skeptical about the grape, but it is surprisingly good. My parents ordered a cheesecake with raspberry sauce that they enjoyed. The sauce almost looks like ketchup, but it tastes great and has the perfect amount of sweetness.

Also, our server noticed while we were eating that the bottom of the pizza was burnt, so he offered to have another one made. (I didn't notice... when he pointed it out it looked burnt but it tasted fine. My sister said she noticed but the pizza was good enough that she didn't really care.) We were probably halfway done at this point, so we decided not to and they gave us half off the pizza.

Ace Adventure Resort

I only tried the zipline tour, but my experience was just so great. The guides are so patient even when people don't follow directions, they took the time to remember everyone's names, and the people on the tour with us couldn't say enough good things about the other activities there (especially whitewater rafting). When we go back to Fayetteville, I'm definitely going to try their other activities. They also have GroupOns that I wish I had known about sooner...

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