Adventure’s on the Gorge’s best summer family trips

Looking for a one-stop family vacation? Paddle, soar and explore with one of West Virginia’s most popular resorts.

Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) in Lansing has summer thrills for folks of all ages. Just pick your element: water, air or earth. Then plunge in and make those family memories!

The wet zone

Adventures on the Gorge rafting

Did you know that the New River Gorge is a top whitewater destination? Whether you’re a beginner or confident rafter, the New and Gauley rivers have the diversion you crave.

So does AOTG. Their professional guides can take you on trips like:

  • Upper New River: an easy family outing with Class I-II rapids. Kids 6 and up are welcome!
  • Lower New River: a more dramatic section. Kids 12 and up are welcome to try the Class IV rapids on this full-day expedition.
  • Family Lower New: if your family has rafted before, sign up for this rambunctious trip. Kids 9 and older can join the fun if water levels are just right.
  • Dueling Rivers 2-Day: tackle the Lower New then gear up for the untamed Gauley! Rapids go from Class III-V, so you must be 15 or older.

AOTG has many more river trips, including overnight experiences.

The resort also has relaxing jaunts to the “Little Bahamas of the East.” AOTG’s Lake Multi-Sport Adventure in Nicholas County takes you to the clearest, bluest water east of the Mississippi. Against this stunning backdrop, you can kayak and even go rock climbing.

stand-up paddleboardingStand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is a tranquil alternative to rafting. AOTG has delightful lessons for the whole family at Summersville Lake and— for more experienced folks— the New River. Imagine paddling your way through West Virginia rapids!

Flights through the forest

These aren’t your ordinary zip lines. AOTG sweeps you high above treetops— acres of them, as far as your eye can see.

TreeTops Zip Line Canopy Tour lets you explore the old growth hemlock forest canopy from a series of zip lines, sky bridges, hikes and a rappel.

Gravity Zip Lines bullets you along at highway speeds 200 feet above the ground. The tour highlight is Adrena-Line, a ride that often hits 65 mph. But that’s just one of many. Altogether, you’ll cover 1.5 miles of airspace. Sounds more fun that running a mile, right?

Timbertrek Adventure Park is a blast, too. It’s an aerial obstacle course that advances in difficulty as you progress. Shaky bridges and sky-high platforms are just some of the challenges you’ll face. Not everything is what it appears to be, either. Use your smarts to find the most efficient way through the course! Or play at night if you’re especially daring.

Land roving

There’s casual pedaling through the neighborhood, and then there’s mountain biking. Let AOTG show you the difference.

A Fat Kat electric tour combines traditional pedaling with mechanical oomph. Quiet but powerful, these motorized bikes are a fun way to blast through the wilderness.

Of course, AOTG also has traditional mountain bikes. The 2-hour evening ride is an easy but scenic tour through the New River Gorge. For something more intense, sign up for the Half-Day Guided Mountain Biking trip. It’s a longer tour, but not necessarily difficult— unless you want to to test out those demanding single-track trails.

Want to make the most out of the Mountain State? Sign up for AOTG’s rock climbing packages. Professional instructors will introduce you to the area’s world-famous sandstone. Classes include evening climbs, full-day trips, and rappelling.

Then, there’s the most traditional way to explore: on horseback. AOTG’s trail rides penetrate the Gorge’s most romantic areas. Ramble to Glade Springs or, better yet, sign up for the blissful evening ride. Summer doesn’t get any better than that!

How do you like to spend vacation time with your family? For more trip ideas and inspiration, visit Adventures on the Gorge for anything from cabins to caving.

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Attention businesses: Bridge Day wants YOU!

Bring your business to the world’s biggest BASE jumping festival!

Bridge Day isn’t until Oct. 21, but vending and sponsorship opportunities start now. Take advantage of an enormous fan base and unique venue, deep in the New River Gorge!

Be a Bridge Day vendor

As a seller, you want fresh, curious buyers. Bridge Day offers precisely that.

For one thing, it’s unusual. More than 80,000 onlookers come just for the chance to watch aerialists soar off the New River Gorge Bridge. The reverse is true, too. At 876 feet high, the span is worth traveling the globe for— literally.

Plus, Bridge Day skips the typical festival season. It always happens on the third Saturday in October— a time when folks think wistfully of summer.

These sights and emotions are fantastic from a marketing standpoint. Whether you bake, make art or manage a charity, you’ll have an audience that’s receptive and enthusiastic.

Bridge Day set up is easy, too. Vendors get perks like outstanding visibility and parking passes.

Ready to join the club? Here are some general rules to keep in mind:

  • New vendors must submit 2 photos with their application, which a jury will review to ensure quality.
  • Register before July 1 for better booth placement and a reduced vending fee. After July 1, the cost goes from $165 to $290.
  • The deadline for non-food vendors is Oct. 13.
  • Bring your own generator if your booth or product requires electricity.
    You must bring two 20-gallon trash cans.

Please see all the details and forms on our site. We can’t wait to add your creativity to our one-of-a-kind festival.

Be a Bridge Day sponsor

Ride the wave of West Virginia’s largest single-day event!

A Bridge Day sponsorship puts your business before a vast audience. We’re not just talking about the folks who actually visit, although that’s part of it. Our social media fans are really supportive, too!

Take a look at these nifty stats:

  • 2 million views on Snapchat during Bridge Day 2016
  • 200,000 website visits
  • 28,000+ Facebook fans
  • 7,500 views on our live feed

Imagine what these numbers could do for you! We can help you with social media promotion, product exclusivity and more.

Contact us for more information.

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