The Wild Ones

At our core, we at Adventures on the Gorge are nothing more than explorers who see in the human experience an overwhelming desire to seek a sense of awe. Our story here began in 1969, when a gangly young man ran the New River in a homemade raft, then went on to co-found Mountain River Tours, the second commercial raft company in West Virginia. 1977… a group of guides at Mountain River Tours spun off to form Class-VI River Runners on the very site where Adventures on the Gorge now sits. 1978… a doctor and a businessman from Pennsylvania started one of the most creative outfitters ever seen, Songer Whitewater. 1980… a family of modern day voyageurs and adventures decided they could do it better and founded the Rivermen.

But in 2007, the whitewater rafting industry in West Virginia was in trouble. The number of rafters was steadily declining each year and a stage that once included scores of actors had dwindled to a hearty few. It was obvious to some of them that to survive the future, they needed to change the present. They needed to rise above their competitive natures and join hands to create a new kind of vacation destination, where families, beginners, hard-core adventurers and every type of person in between could romp around the glens and gorges of West Virginia… and then return to decadent food, luxurious lodging and surprising amenities. They knew that finding a sense of awe would not only melt away the stress of everyday life, it would obliterate it.

And now, our story continues, with you at its center. Welcome to Adventures on the Gorge. Welcome to the family!

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