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New River Gorge Area Attractions & Things To Do in West Virginia

The New River Gorge National River National Park in WV is a treasure trove of outdoor adventures with Summersville Lake, coal mine exhibits, WV State Parks, golf courses and hiking trails all nearby. Make your West Virginia summer vacation one that your friends and family will rave about for years! 

Recreation & Entertainment Historic Locations, Parks & Museums
Arts & Crafts Wineries & Distilleries
** Kid and family friendly activities

Outdoor Adventures "On the Gorge"

Burning Rock ATVMuddy-atv

Go from beginner to adrenaline junkie in 60 seconds!  ATVs, side-by-sides, guides, zip line racing.  They set everything up... you just bring your group and a smile. Visit their website today.


New River Gorge National River National Park

A rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.  Find out more about the New River National Park and download a map of the New River Gorge Area.

Summersville Lake in West Virginia**

Discover Summersville Lake, one of the most picturesque lakes in the country with sheer cliff walls jutting up from calm clear waters. Located just 20 miles north of Fayetteville, WV and the New River Gorge Adventure Resort, Summersville Lake offers a beach, marina, pontoon boat and Jet Ski rentals, and scuba diving to an underwater town. It's a perfect compliment to your rafting vacation. Find out more about the Summersville Lake Area in West Virginia.

Hiking Trails in Fayetteville, Cunard, Thurmond and Lansing, WV **

The New River Gorge hiking trail are some of the most beautiful trails in West Virginia.  The trails in Southern WV spiral down among the boulders and forestry in combination with its flats, offering some of the most spectacular natural formations and overlooks with views of miles of mountains. Waterfalls, ghost towns, and spectacular cliffs accentuate the peaceful scenery of the easy to difficult hiking trails.  Learn more about Southern West Virginia hiking trails.

Jet Boat at Hawks Nest State Park**

Located within Hawks Nest State Park, this tour is the best way to obtain views of the New River Gorge in a variety of ways.  Your trip will include a scenic Canyon Rim Tram Ride down to the river where you will then climb aboard “Miss M. Rocks” jet boat and travel upstream toward the New River Gorge Bridge.  This is good for all ages and safe for most medical conditions.  Hawks Nest State Park also offers a variety of other activities including hiking, a nature center, and swimming.  Learn more about jet boats.  Learn more about Hawks Nest State Park in Southern WV

Bridge Haven Golf Club

Located in Fayetteville, WV, Bridge Haven is a picturesque 18-hole challenging golf course with putting green, driving range, snack bar & pro shop. Call for green fees & tee times. Located off US Rt. 19, take Salem Gatewood Road, 3.5 miles from Fayetteville. Accepts Major credit cards.  Learn more about Bridge Haven Golf Club.


Theatre West Virginia - Grandview State Park**

Outdoor theatrical dramas at beautiful Grandview State Park in Beckley, WV. Performances have included HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, the tale of the infamous Appalachian feud; HONEY IN THE ROCK, the nation's oldest Civil War drama; and more shows. Learn more about Theatre West Virginia.

Mystery Hole in Ansted, WV

See the laws of gravity defied in the mysterious chambers beneath the small roadside gift shop. A West Virginia cultural icon. Learn more about the Mystery Hole.

Arts & Crafts

Tamarack: the Best of West Virginia**

No visit to West Virginia would be complete without a trip to Tamarack located in Beckley, WV. Here you will find a wide range of works created by artisans from all over the mountain state. It truly is a wonderful collection of West Virginia's finest. Tamarack features live demonstrations of many artisans and a theater with scheduled performances and films. You'll also find gourmet food, free travel information, a Post Office and ATM with easy access to I77. Don't miss this stop! Admission is free. Be sure to ask about visiting Tamarack when you make your rafting reservation.

West Virginia Historic Locations, Parks & Museums

Hawks Nest State Park**

Nestled in the heart of whitewater rafting country, Hawks Nest State Park encompasses 276 acres bordering a rugged section of the New River Gorge National River.Hawks Nest has long been known for its panoramic views.Below the lodge, the New River forms peaceful Hawks Nest Lake. Above the lake, the narrow canyon and rushing water create one of the most challenging whitewater boating waterways in the nation.Learn more about Hawks Nest State Park.

Pipestem State Park

Escape to the mountains at Pipestem Resort Park, the "Year-round Crown Jewel of West Virginia State Parks."From beautiful scenic overlooks of the Bluestone Gorge to the two lodges, vacation rental cottages, campgrounds, golf courses, restaurants, modern conference facilities, and much more, Pipestem Resort State Park has something for everyone.

Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine**

This National Historical Site features a 35-minute riding tour conducted by experienced coal miners. You'll go underground on a man-trip car pulled by a battery powered locomotive. Witness primitive to modern mining techniques. Gift shop & snack bar.  Learn more about the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine.

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park **

156 acres. Picnicking, hiking trails, museum, game courts & playground. Minutes from Summersville Dam & Lake.   Learn more about the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park by calling 304-872-0825.

Babcock State Park **

This beautiful state park offers 4,127 acres of tranquil, beautiful West Virginia outdoors.  With its fast flowing, boulder filled trout stream and 19acre fish filled Boley Lake, Babcock is perfect for the fishermen at heart.  Among fishing, Babcock offers a variety of other recreation including: horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, basketball, lodging, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming.   You can even rent Paddleboats, Rowboats, and Canoes at the lake.  Learn more about Babcock State Park.


Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia in Beckley, WV**

Hands-on exhibits, special events, gift shop, recreated pioneer village. April – Oct. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Nov. – Mar. 10 am – 5 pm, closed Mon.  Learn more about the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia by calling 304-252-3730.

Thurmond Depot**

If you or your children like trains and would like to learn the local history of trains and coalmines in Southern West Virginia, then the Thurmond Depot is the perfect destination for you.  Visit the restored passenger train station and take a tour through the museum operated by the National Park Service.  Learn more about Thurmond Depot.

Wineries & Distilleries

Kirkwood Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery 

Kirkwood Winery and Isaiah Morgan Distillery. Locally owned & operated and located in Summerville, WV, serving Nicholas and surrounding counties. Shirley & Brenda Morris, General Manages. Featuring Berry & Fruit wines.  Learn more about  the Kirkwood Winery & Isaiah Morgan Distillery.

Smooth Ambler

In 2009, TAG Galyean and John Little founded Smooth Ambler to produce fine artisan spirits by combining patient Appalachian know-how with the finest of American ingredients. Located in the rural Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, Smooth Ambler uses state-of-the-art distillery equipment in conjunction with natural resources of the region: high-valley mountain air, natural waters, ideal temperature variations and friendly folks.

Daniel Vineyards, LLC

Located in Crab Orchard, WV, Daniel Vineyards offers wine tasting, sales, & tours. World class wines. Blueberries for picking. 4 venues for meetings, weddings, reunions, etc. Elegant setting. Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 6 p.m. Exit 42 off I-64/77, Turnpike. Spring Wine Festival, 3rd weekend in June. Major credit cards.  Learn more about Daniel Vineyards.