New River Gorge

Things to Do in and Around the New River Gorge

Southern West Virginia and the New River Gorge are goldmines of opportunity for the adventurous traveler with a wide variety of attractions, events and historical points of interest on top of excellent outdoor activities, like whitewater rafting, rock climbing, fishing, mountain biking, ATV tours, horseback riding and more! It’s all here—less than a day’s drive away for over 60% of the U.S. population! And the truly incredible fact is how affordable it can be. You can experience all this for considerably less than the average cost of a vacation in other areas of the country. From Fayetteville, Beckley and Summersville, WV to Ansted, Hidden, Hico and Hampstead, you won’t run out of fun in Southern West Virginia!

If you like outdoor adventure, join us at Adventures On the Gorge where you can experience exciting whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley Rivers or go mountain biking or horseback riding through West Virginia's fabled hills. Try your hand at fly fishing or view the New River Gorge from on high as you hike trails out of history.

If outdoor adventure is not your cup of tea, don’t despair. You’ll find premier golf courses, unique handmade arts and crafts and Appalachian style cuisine, from country diners to the finest gourmet restaurants. Discover the rich variety of lodging, restaurants, shopping, outdoor adventures and area attractions sitting in your own back yard.

An adventure vacation in West Virginia leaves an indelible memory for a lifetime, one that you can relive many times over in years to come. So c’mon! Visit Southern WV and find out for yourself! There is something for everyone in the Mountain State.

The National Park

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The New River Gorge has more than 70,000 acres of natural beauty, cultural history and adventure opportunities.


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Voted one of the “Coolest Small Towns” by Budget Travel Magazine, Fayetteville, WV has truly become a destination vacation spot in Southern West Virginia with so much to see and do.


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If this is your first time hiking in the area or if you have only a short amount of time to spend, this is your list!

Non-Hiking Vistas

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Okay, so you're not so into hiking… but you are into stunning natural beauty from birds-eye perspectives? No problem!

Historical Attractions

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 If you're a history buff, let's just say this place is a special kind of Heaven. Here are a few spots to get you started.

New River Gorge SUP Race

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West Virginia's only Stand Up Paddleboard competition, with free demos, free instruction & party. Everybody welcome!