219 Chestnutburg Rd.
Located on the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, W. Va., Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) is the largest “adventure resort” in the country and is leading the travel world toward a whole new way of enjoying a vacation.
With a wide range of activities, accommodations, dining and entertainment, AOTG combines an active adventure with the comforts that reach across all ages, lifestyles and budgets.
Here is what AOTG offers:
At the heart of AOTG’s offerings are activities that provide a jolt of adrenaline, usually on the water or in the air.
Adventures on the Gorge offers rafting trips on two of the best whitewater rivers in the country – the New River and the Gauley River. The region’s rivers feature rapids ranging from Class I (easy with no skill necessary to navigate) up to Class V (highly experienced guides required). The company offers half-, full- and multi-day rafting trips.
Springtime rafting on the New River features cubic feet per second (CFS) levels exceeding 30,000 with waves up to 14 feet high, and challenging rapids are found throughout the season. The Gauley River is often called the ultimate whitewater trip and is recommended only for experienced rafters.
The New River is 50 miles long with the first half – commonly called the “Upper New River” – featuring Class I-III rapids suitable for families with small children as young as six as well as rafters seeking more relaxed experiences. The Lower New River section features rapids as high as Class V, and the minimum age is 12 years old.
The Gauley River is renowned for its intense rapids that come fast and often. In spring and summer the flows are dependent upon snow melt and precipitation. In the fall, however, flows are much more predictable as the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Lake on a regular basis to coincide with rafting.
- AOTG offers the largest collection of aerial adventures on the planet with four distinct choices.
- TreeTops Canopy Tours features a zipline through an Eastern Hemlock forest.
- TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park features five increasingly challenging courses with 60 platforms as well as bridges, zip lines and crazy obstacles that challenge agility and strength.
- Gravity ZipLines is located on a reclaimed mine and features long and fast lines, including the AdrenaLine reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour.
- The BridgeWalk makes its way on a catwalk under and the full length of the famed New River Gorge Bridge
Other Water Adventures
The area’s waters offer more than just rafting opportunities, and AOTG leads several activities, including:
- Full-day and half-day fishing trips on the New River that take anglers to some of the best smallmouth bass fishing in the state.
- Lake kayaking and rock climbing which are combined on a single trip as participants paddle to rock walls on Summersville Lake where they learn from experts in both disciplines.
- Instructors teach paddlers of all skill levels on the proper techniques of navigating rivers and lakes.
- Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) on Summersville Lake providing a fun leisure activity with a minimal learning curve.
The region’s mountainous terrain results in plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Examples include:
- Cliffside climbing and rappelling taught to beginners as well highly skilled practitioners.
- Ambush paintball conducted on a four-acre course with two paintball fields.
- Mountain biking tours, including electric-assist bicycles, featuring 13 miles of trails around the rim of the New River Gorge.
- Horseback tours and ATV tours.
AOTG offers a wide range of accommodations for a variety of group sizes and budgets. The resort offers sites for tent camping, platform tents already set up, bunkhouses that sleep up to eight people and cabins ranging from basic single rooms to high-end luxury homes with multiple bedrooms and spectacular views of the New River Gorge are available as well. Cabins come with a variety of features, including some with kitchens, hot tubs, satellite televisions and private bedrooms and bathrooms
Restaurants and Lounges
AOTG offers three restaurants as well as two popular bars. Smokey’s Steakhouse is a full-service restaurant overlooking the New River Gorge and serving a wide variety of items. Monday “Wing Night” has taken on a life of its own at Chetty’s Pub and is one of the most popular events in the area for both guests and locals. Buffler’s Pizzeria on the Mill Creek Campus is a casual restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Rendezvous Lodge features live music and is the perfect way to end an active day.
Groups looking for ways to reach new heights of meeting success will find a variety of options at Southern West Virginia’s Adventures on the Gorge. Completed in 2016, The Lookout Post was specifically designed to maximize the views of the gorge. The conference center along with the adjacent Smokey’s on the Gorge restaurant feature more than 5,000 square feet of multi-use space. The Lookout Post features up to five meeting rooms with flexible design to accommodates a maximum of 200 people theater style.
Weddings and Events
AOTG accommodates weddings and other groups. Overlooking the gorge itself are AOTG’s Mountaineer Pavilion, decks, patios and a swimming pool that are popular for private events such as weddings. AOTG caters rehearsals and receptions, and there is plenty to do before and after the events, and the resort’s events coordinator can help make all arrangements.
History of AOTG
The origins of whitewater rafting in West Virginia can be traced back to the mid-1960s when college-aged adventurers taught themselves how to navigate the New River using Army surplus rafts. The nearby Gauley River offered even more challenges with plenty of rapids, and it was not unusual to see a dedicated group pulling out of the river to scout the rapids and determine the best routes in which to navigate them.
Early trips were conducted for fun with friends and family. As the word got out, however, opportunities to turn a profit by selling river trips emerged, and a fledgling industry was born.
In the late 1970s a group of friends from Cincinnati discovered West Virginia rafting and set about turning their passion into a livelihood. Before long, the friends were part of a growing industry operating four separate rafting outfitters near the town of Fayetteville. These companies – Mountain River Tours, Class VI, the Rivermen and Songer Whitewater – expanded their offerings to include campgrounds and cabins as well as foodservice facilities.
In 2007 the owners merged their operations, named the new entity Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) and embarked upon aggressive expansion plans. Today AOTG is located directly on the New River Gorge and is an “adventure resort” with an array of activities, accommodations and dining options.