New River Gorge
The New River Gorge absolutely has to be on your bucket list if you travel to West Virginia. Not only is it home to some of the country’s best whitewater rafting, it is also one of the most popular climbing areas on the east coast.
Stretching from the bottom of the state all the way to 50 minutes south east of Charleston, giving just one place would be irresponsible of me. Instead, below are just SOME of the things that the New River Gorge offers.
Bass, walleye, and trout are just a few of the plentiful species that thrive at this popular fishing area. As any fisherman knows, you keep the good spots to yourself.
With hundreds of miles of forest to hike, the New River Gorge has days if not weeks of hiking available. Assuming you don’t have unlimited time, Everything WV has compiled a few resources to get you started.
The New River Gorge has every type of climbing that you could ask for. With over 14,000 climbs, it’ll take you a while to get bored here. Check out the National Park Service for helpful information and regulation, Mountain Project for details on different climbs, and New River Climbing School if you’d like a guide.
Rafting & Kayaking
West Virginia has some of the best white water in the country. Whether you want a class 1 or a class 5, the New River Gorge has what you’re looking for. Checkout New & Gauley River Adventures, Cantrell Ultimate Rafting, Adventures On The Gorge, or Ace Adventure Resort.
If you want to take your adrenaline to the max, we have a bridge that you can jump off of without a rope. West Virginia hosts an annual Bridge Day where you can jump 876 feet off of the New River Gorge Bridge and hope your parachute opens before you make it to the bottom.
Not up for that? Well me neither. I’ve jumped out of airplanes, but I am not brave enough for this. It is however, definitely a sight to go watch.
Every year on the third Saturday of October, a few hundred people from around the country show up to jump with tens of thousands of people watching.
Horseback and ATV Riding
There are a few companies offering horseback riding around the gorge. There’s Equestrian Adventures, Horseshoe Creek Riding Stable, and Adventures On The Gorge. Each of them cater to different clientele, so have a look at their websites and decide which is best for you.
As for ATV Riding, there’s only one place in WV to go and that’s the Hatfield McCoy Trail System.
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