West Virginia River Gorge Itinerary

Day One:  Adventures of the Gorge

In the morning, 10:00 AM, meet at the Mill Creek Campus for a treetops zip line canopy tour.

ziplining

Head into Fayetteville for lunch at the Cathedral Cafe, 134 South Court Street, Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840. The cafe is a local favorite and tables can be hard to come by around the lunch hour so try getting there before or after. The cafe is located in what was once a church, hence the name, and offers up light lunches of interesting lunches, tasty salads, and refreshing cold drinks.

After lunch explore The Endless Wall Trail along the New River Gorge.  This is a 2.4-mile moderate walk that passes through rich forest, crosses Fern Creek, then zig-zags along the cliff edge.

Back to the cabin to relax on the deck and enjoy a glass of wine before getting ready for music and wings at Chetty’s Pub, onsite casual with an unbelievable view of the New River Gorge.

Day Two:  Ghost Town Exploring

In the morning, Pack a picnic lunch for today.  Bring suntan lotion, bug spray, hiking boots, and a great attitude!  Leave by 9:00 AM, The New River Gorge was once a thriving chain of coal mining towns. Many of those towns are still there, though nobody lives there anymore many have been reclaimed by the forest but traces of the coal mining life can still be found.

ghost town

Make the first stop The Whipple Company Store, 7485 Okey L Patteson Rd, Scarbro, WV 25917.  Once the hub of coal camp life it is now a museum.

Next drive to Thurmond WV for a look back in the past.  This town was once considered a boomtown packed with people, a massive amount of coal freight, and plenty of wealth it’s nearly-abandoned today.

From Thurmond take highway 25 south 6 miles to the picnic area next to Stone Cliff Trail.  After the picnic lunch, hike the 2.7 miles of rugged trail along the banks of the New River.  Great views and easy access to the river are available along this trail.

Drive back to the cabin at Adventure on the Gorge.

 Day Three:  Oak Hill, Ansted, & Fayetteville

9:00 AM, Rent a mountain bike and bike the Rend Trail in Oak Hill, WV. An easy grade and wide, smooth trail make the Rend Trail one of the most popular trails in the park.  The entire trail is a 6.4-mile round-trip journey.  After the ride check out the antiques and gifts shops.

Head back to Fayetteville for Lunch.  Today try out the Secret Sandwich Society, 103 ½ Keller Avenue, Fayetteville, West Virginia 25840After lunch, stop in on the local merchants which provide an eclectic shopping experience from fine West Virginia-made arts and crafts, antiques, outdoor sports equipment, and art.

blue smoke

Head to Ansted to the Blue Smoke award-winning salsa and gifts shop.  Free taste testing and a window that shows the production process.  A small company that started in the owner’s kitchen that is getting a lot of love.  Ansted also offers antique shops and art galleries you can enjoy.

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