Local Activities in New River Valley West Virginia
All activity (for rafting, ziplines, etc) are within a 5 – 15 min drive of our cabins.
Call us for more information on the activities listed below.
Lower New River Rafting
The New River is the 2nd oldest river in the world and like the Nile runs from south to the north. A fantastic river experience, challenging but not frightening. Minimum age 10 for Family Lower New trips, and age 12 for regular rafting trips. Half day or full day trips, done in large rafts.
Upper New River:
Have a great day on the upper New River in a single, double inflatable kayak or a 9 man raft. Minimum age 6. Age 6 are FREE!!!!!! A great experience on the calmer part of the river for all ages.
Located 4 minutes from some of the best on the east coast! There are miles of hard sandstone cliffs in the tri-gorge area – New River, Meadow River and Summersville Lake. Go on your own, or guided climbing trip that includes all equipment needed. We love our rock climbers!
Depending on age, activities include rafting, zip lines, Timber Trek aerial park, horseback riding, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, paint ball, rock climbing and repelling. Ace’s Water Park on their lake, and Adventure’s on the Gorge Canyon Falls Swimming Hole, a new 3000 sq foot swimming pool. Kids camps available 1/2 day and full day as well.
Timber Trek Aerial Adventure Park:
An obstacle course in the trees with 5 courses of varying difficulty. A system of unique obstacles, bridges, swings and ziplines between platforms in the forest canopy. Age 7 up.
The most awesome fishing in Southern West Virginia can be found in the New River, Gauley, Greenbriar and Elk Rivers. These waters boast smallmouth bass, walleye, musky and several species of trout. Go on your own, or use a custom raft support guided trip. Trips available for the first timer to the most experienced fisherman! Guided fishing information available, please ask!
We have many wonderful zip lines in our area! 2 of our favorite are Tree Tops and Gravity! Get a different view of the surrounding forest with TreeTops Zipline Canopy Tour. This activity consists of 10 ziplines, five sky bridges, a couple of short hikes, and a rappel at the end.
Gravity is an open-air zipline course soaring a jaw-dropping 200 feet above the ground at its highest point, taking riders on a 1.5 mile long tour that zigzags across the ridgeline of a mountain bowl and offers amazing birds-eye views of three counties and the changing foliage in the fall.
ATV / Dirt bike riding
With over 100 miles of trails ranging from beginner to expert, riders of all skill levels can have the challenge and adventure of a lifetime. Local companies rent ATV’s and offer tours in the New River area.
Another option is to lengthen your trip before or after staying in our area. The historic town of Matewan is two and a half hours from us. This town is in the heart of area known for the famous Hatfield and McCoy feud. The area features amazing terrain for ATV and dirt bike riding through the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.
15 minutes up the road is beautiful Summersville Lake. Pontoon boats can be rented or you can take a guided trip. With the guided pontoon boat trips you can learn sea kayaking, rock climbing, and stand up paddle boarding as you explore Summersville Lake. Kayaks, tandem kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes can be rented at the lake as well.
3 minutes from us is the New River Gorge National Park Service. Whether you are a first time hiker or an expert we have the trails for you. Trails in our area provide access to some of the most spectacular overlooks in the parks! There are several easy to moderate hiking trails, many utilizing old roads and railroad grades. Trails at Nuttallburg allow visitors to explore the remains of an old coal mining town. Call us for either trail map information or guided hiking package information. For more information: https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/hiking.htm
Choose from calm, touring lake kayaking or river kayaking on a calm part of the New River. To go on your own, kayaks can be rented in Fayetteville, or at Summersville Lake. Some of the local rafting companies offer guided kayak tours. Most tours include guides, all equipment and full instruction.
Bring your bike or rent bikes nearby. Go on your own or join a guided biking trip and enjoy our local trails. We are told its some of the best biking trails around! Call us for bike rental, self guided trail maps and guided biking tour information. The New River Gorge National Park service bike trail website: https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/bicycling.htm
Stand Up Paddleboarding:
Local places rent stand up paddleboards so you can go on your own, or try guided lessons! There are a few lakes nearby that make this an easy sport. You will be amazed at the ease of paddling and the quick learning curve on a calm lake. Many first timers say they have no balance, but you could be amazed how you feel at ease with the equipment and environment.
Bechtel Boy Scout Summit:
Located a few miles from the cabins. The Summit Center is the 100-acre adventure and educational hub of The Bechtel Summit. Visitors will enjoy the various action & adventure sports activities. The Bechtel Reserve is hosting The Boyscout World Jamboree July of 2019, call for reservations with us soon!
The Bechtel Reserve will be open to visitors on certain days this summer. Contact them for more information. Their website is: https://www.summitbsa.org/
ACE’s Adventure Park and Lake:
A few miles from our cabins. Adventure park and lake including a 40 foot tall waterslide, tower zip line, new collasal inflatables in the lake, water trampolines, launch bags also known as the blob! Spinning Saturn Balls, canoes and kayaks available too.
Canyon Falls Swimming Hole:
At Adventures on the Gorge– 5 minutes away from New River Cabins, A newly opened 3000 sq foot swimming pool. It features 2 levels separated by a 3 foot drop over natural sandstone and a zero entry section for people with young children. Call us to find out how to get free passes!
Sparkling Clear Summersville Lake:
Just 15 minutes north of us! With 60 miles of shore line, Summersville Lake boasts relatively warm temperatures & superior water quality. In fact, Skin Diver Magazine named it “the cleanest, clearest freshwater lake east of the Mississippi” That means breathtaking scuba diving and snorkeling, with average visibility of 20 to 45 feet! There is actually a town underneath this lake!!!
Summersville’s Lake climbing is considered by many to be an extension of the New River Gorge areas. The Lake already boasts hundreds of climbs but there remains miles of untapped (or inaccessible) cliffline. Most of the climbs are accessible year round.
Summersville Lake Marina
Located 15 minutes north, this marina offers a nice launch ramp into Summersville Lake. Also available are fishing boats, kayaks, tandem kayaks, fishing kayaks and stand up paddle board rentals. If you’re new to kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, SummersvilleLake is the perfect place to learn! These activities are also available guided in the New River Gorge.
Hiking trails along the lake are chock-full of dramatic vistas, where towering, craggy bluffs slice the shoreline against the reflected blue of forever. Find foot paths at Long Point, Battle Run, and Salmon Run. Your visit to SummersvilleLake will shine in your memory like sun on the water.
2 breweries in Fayetteville
Freefolk Brewery is brewing 11 different styles of beer, including traditional styles like Belgians, English and German Ales and more. The brewery, at 1690 Court St. in Fayetteville, features a dog-friendly patio, a family-friendly atmosphere and a food menu. Call first for hours open. Their website is: https://freefolkbrew.com/
Bridge Brew Works Brewery: This brewery features locally brewed, creatively crafted beers sold by the bottle, pint or growler. Stop by their new tasting room to try the latest brews or grab a pint of one of our classics. Their address is: 335 Nick Rahall Greenway, Fayetteville. Call first for hours open. Their website is: https://bridgebrewworks.com/
Kirkwood Winery & Distillery is located about 20 minutes north of us in Summersville, West Virginia. The home of West Virginia’s Finest wines and the only made and produced bourbon whiskey. Enjoy a Taste of the Mountains” Tours and tasting of the Vineyards, Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery are available. Their location is 45 Winery Lane, Summersville, WV https://www.kirkwood-wine.com
Daniel Vineyards is located about a half hours south of us in Crab Orchard, WV. Daniel Vineyards is a gorgeously scenic property. Located at an elevation ranging from 2,500 to 2,600 feet above sea level, Daniel Vineyards is the highest vineyard in the state of West Virginia. Their website: https://www.danielvineyards.com
Local State Parks
We have 2 awesome state parks within a 15 minute drive of our lodging!
Babcock State Park and its 4,127 acres of rhododendron-lined trails and rippling, rock-strewn streams is one of West Virginia’s most iconic locations. The park is most known for the Glade Creek Grist Mill. Recreational activities include hiking, fishing and boating. Canoes, paddle boats, and fishing boats can be rented on the beautiful lake for a very low cost. You can fish in the lake and take up to 6 trout and 6 bass with no WV fishing license needed per the DNR at the park. https://wvstateparks.com/park/babcock-state-park/
Hawk’s Nest State Park is a 270-acre recreational area with a nature museum, aerial tramway, jetboat rides, hiking trails and one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation.Hawks Nest is known for its scenic overlook, which provides a bird’s eye view of the rugged New River Gorge National River below. https://wvstateparks.com/park/hawks-nest-state-park/
Carnifex Ferry Civil War Battlefield
Carnifax Ferry Battlefield State Park is very close to Summersville Lake. This was an important Civil War battle site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops led by Brigadier General William S. Rosecrans engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson Farm which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. This is located 20 minutes north of our cabins. There are reeanactments held every other year in 2018, 2020, 2022, etc. For more information: https://wvstateparks.com/park/carnifex-ferry-battlefield-state-park/
A 2 & 1/2 hour drive from our lodging
As one of the most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail, McAfee Knob in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is on the bucket list for hikers from around the world! Go before or after a visit to the New River Gorge. It has a stunning, 270-degree panoramic view of the surrounding valley & mountains, along with its signature ledge that has become a popular place for photos you may have seen it in movies as well! You don’t have to hike the Appalachian trail, just drive to this part and hike out to see it! https://www.visitroanokeva.com/things-to-do/outdoor-adventure/appalachian-trail/mcafee-knob/