Zipping at high speed from treetop to treetop … Crossing a swinging bridge high above the canyon … Climbing a rope ladder some 40 feet off the ground … Scaling a rock wall all the way to the top …
These are all things you might see in the latest action flick – or things you can actually DO on a family adventure vacation at Adventures On the Gorge near Fayetteville in the heart of stunning Southern West Virginia.
From zip lining, whitewater rafting and rock climbing to paintball, disc golf and a new aerial adventure park, there’s plenty of fun for all at the state’s premier adventure playground.
Just minutes off Rt. 19, Adventures On the Gorge offers camping and a wide array of cabins, three on-site restaurants and the new 3,000-square-foot Canyon Falls Swimming Hole, all set on a scenic campus overlooking the grand New River Gorge.
What’s more, convenient all-inclusive vacation packages allow you to combine meals and lodging with up to four activities per day, making it easy to stick to your budget. All packages are fully customized so you can create the perfect getaway for your crew. Choose from more than two dozen adventures, 11 diverse on-site lodging options and three award-winning on-site restaurants. Pricing is based on length of stay and type of lodging. (And right now, buy a five-night all-inclusive package in a Sportsman, Outback or Deluxe cabin and receive a free 2012 Adventure Season Pass!)
Picture this perfect family trip! We stayed in a cozy cabin, complete with a fire pit out front, hot tub on the deck, comfortable beds and a kitchen – all in a beautiful wooded setting just a quick walk to on-site restaurants, shops and activity check-ins.
As the sun’s dappled rays signaled the start of a new day, we enjoyed breakfast on the deck before heading out for our first high-action adventure – TreeTops Canopy Tour, a mile-long guided experience that included 10 zip lines, five sky bridges and a 30-foot rappel. Everyone in our group felt like action stars as we soared from tree to tree through pristine terrain amid a 200-year-old hemlock and hardwoods forest.
Next, we enjoyed a hearty lunch at Buffler’s BBQ Grill before hopping on mountain bikes for a trek through trails along the New River Gorge. I will never forget the playful sounds of laughter as my kids made their way along roller coaster-like routes through rhododendron and mountain laurel.
We got back just in time for a relaxing dinner on the deck of the oh, so, awesomeSmokey’s on the Gorge, followed by a short stroll to one of the most spectacular views of the New River Bridge.
After a good night’s sleep, we woke up recharged and ready for more high-octane fun. There was a morning rock-climbing trip (who knew Mom would be the first one up the 45-foot wall?) followed by an afternoon at TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park. This was some serious fun, as we made our way through challenging obstacles, bridges, zip lines and ladders high in the sky.
That evening, we unwound in the hot tub as we shared stories about the unforgettable time we had at Adventures On the Gorge. And it was good to know that if we woke up the next day ready for more, the high-speed Gravity Zip Lines, ATV tours, paintball, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and whitewater rafting were ready and waiting.
If we tackle all that, we’ll definitely be ready to star in our own action flick!