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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Climb like a pro!

Learn from the best, on the best, in the New River Gorge.

If you’re a rock climber, “The New” will keep you reaching for more. Iron-hard sandstone, more than 1,000 established climbs, and featured rock are some of America’s best— which is why you won’t want to miss these seasonal events.

Sink your bolts into these climbing workshops:

1. Chicks Climbing

Rock Climbing in the New River Gorge

Chicks with Picks, a ladies-only organization, heads to the Gorge each summer for a weekend of sandstone climbs.

Join small trad or sport clinics with certified guides and professional climbers. Each workshop is inclusive, friendly and supportive. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your technique improves!

Along the way, you’ll get breakfast and dinner, gear, camping equipment, and gift bags! Stay tuned for 2017 dates.

2. Rock Climbing Summer Camp

Teens can also have a crack at the New River Gorge. After all, why not start on the highest quality rock possible?

Held in July, New River Mountain Guides’ unique summer camp takes you to a new location every day, including a trip to Summersville Lake— the “Little Bahamas of the East.” In the process, you’ll learn values like trust, teamwork, and problem solving.

Best of all, professional climbers and coaches will teach you how to climb safely. Rely on your gear, access risks, and make proper judgement calls.

And at night, you’ll camp out in the Gorge. Now that’s one heck of a summer camp!

3. The Warrior’s Way

New River Mountain Guides, an experienced climbing organization, will improve your technique with special workshops held April-September.

The Trad/Mental Camp is ideal if you’ve experienced a slump or setback. That’s because River Mountain’s emphasis on efficient climbing and resting are real breakthroughs. Master both and gain trust in yourself and your equipment.

During the course, you’ll also get coached in safety, risk assessment, and proper gear use.

You can also sign up for the Fall/Commit Camp, which puts mental awareness into action. Learn how to safely fall, rest properly, and judge risks.

4. Craggin’ Classic

Casual and inclusive, this climbing workshop is one of the Gorge’s most popular events. Over the course of 3 days at the end of September, take clinics with professional climbers, watch gear demos, and win awesome gear with raffles and silent auctions.

Craggin’ Classic also has a film tour, free beer, conservation projects, and— get ready— a dessert potluck! Start off your climb with coffee and breakfast in the Gorge, then celebrate with late-night dancing, a NRG Climber Throwdown Party, and competitions.

Which climbing event are you going to try?

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