It’s that time of year again! Fall is here and now is as good a time as ever to enjoy the great outdoors and the West Virginia countryside. With the high summer temperatures coming to an end, there is no better opportunity to take advantage of all the activities available at River Expeditions. This is the time of year when the vibrant colors of the West Virginia countryside are at their peak and the view is simply breathtaking. Take a couple hours, an afternoon, or an entire day mountain biking through some of the most beautiful scenery North America has to offer. If you’d rather take it a bit slower, you can saddle up with some friends for an afternoon of horseback riding. However, if you feel like getting your adrenaline pumping, you can rent four-wheelers and explore the wonders of the Appalachians the extreme way!
The New River Gorge is home to a number of different water sports besides our (slightly biased) favorite of white water rafting. We suggest that all whitewater enthusiasts experience the water in as many different ways as possible, and these different options range from relaxing fishing trips to high excitement kayak adventures!
Want to learn more about some of our favorite water sport options on the New River Gorge? Keep reading!
Did you most recent rafting adventure build up a big appetite? That’s okay! Because the team at River Expeditions and the local community of Oak Hill, West Virginia, can ensure that the end of your rafting day is met with a full belly. This summer, we are going to explore several options for how to get your grub on in West Virginia!
Onsite options are available for all guests both throughout the day and also into the evenings. An array of local dining options also mean that (almost) every taste can be easily satisfied. Prefer to cook your own food? That’s an option too, with grills throughout the adventure resort.
In Part I of this 3 part series, we are going to look at the different options provided to you by the team at RE. Stay tuned for Parts II and III where we will look at local options in the area, and also outdoor cooking essentials for every adventure vacation.
Memorial Day has been a national holiday since the enactment of the National Holiday Act in 1971. While the actual day had fluctuated up until this point, it was then decided that Memorial Day would occur on the last Monday in May every year. This holiday serves as respect for those who passed defending America’s freedom (and oftentimes, the freedom of many other countries) in wars throughout history.
While it is extremely important that we all take some time on Memorial Day to remember all of our brave veterans (present and past), it is also important for us to celebrate the lives they lived and the freedoms that they thought so hard to protect for us. So, this Memorial Day, take time to pay your respects for those who lived for America, but also take some time to enjoy the outdoors and the country that they protected.
In addition to whitewater rafting and all the other water sports in the area, there are tons of other great ways to explore everything that the New River Gorge has to offer. One of the most popular ways to do so is by hiking. There are numerous trails in surrounding state parks that incorporate all the beauty of the gorge.
Rumor has it that the mythical event called “summer” is just around the corner. Although it may be hard to believe given the current forecast (and recent weather patterns), sunshine, high temperatures, and longer days are just around the corner. Like everyone else who loves to be outside, we are ready for those things to occur! So, with the thoughts of summer on our minds, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite fun outdoor activities to do in the New River Gorge!
In Part 2 of our series on rafting in North Carolina and Tennessee, we are going to explore the French Broad River. This river is the 3rd oldest in the world – only behind the New River and the Nile River. It stretches over 200 miles through Western North Carolina and Tennessee. This river offers something for everyone – with trips as strong as Class IV. So, next time you find yourself around Asheville, North Carolina, be sure to visit and explore the French Broad River.
While you are on your West Virginia rafting trip, be sure to set aside a little bit of time for another great water activity; fishing! The New River has a wide variety of fish that live in it, making it a great destination for experienced and new fisherman alike. Some of the fish local to the river include bass, walleye, crappie, flathead, and catfish; to name a few. Fishing is a great way to let those tired rafting muscles rest while still enjoying the beauty and nature of the river.
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- Annika Larson says: This summer, my husband and I are hoping to go on...
- Sian says: Agreed!! That's definitely one of our favorite things about being here...
- Jon says: Love rafting in WV! Having both the New and Gauley close...
- Sian says: Glad that they helped you! And you're a good friend to...
- Judy Wilson says: Thanks for posting these water rafting tips. I've always wanted to...