For Immediate Release
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va., February 17, 2017 – 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. Literally.
Situated on the rim of the New River Gorge – often called the “Grand Canyon of the East” – this adventure resort features a small-group conference center, variety of accommodations, restaurants, shops and an array of fun and challenging adventures.
Completed last year, 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.
When groups are ready to go outside for team-building and other group adventures, they will find that the sky is the limit. The resort’s aerial adventures include TreeTops Zip Line Canopy Tour, Gravity Zip Lines, TimberTrek Aerial Park and a Bridgewalk on a catwalk beneath the New River Gorge Bridge. Additionally, the resort offers whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley Rivers and multi-sport lake adventures featuring rock climbing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and kayaking based from a pontoon boat.
“Planning a meeting for groups aspiring to reach new heights of success is a breeze at Adventures on the Gorge when you work with our fun-loving events staff,” said Dave Arnold, co-founder and senior vice president of public relations and strategic partnerships for Adventures on the Gorge. “We are committed to helping meeting planners choose event space, food and activities that will inspire participants to expand their boundaries and discover new paths to success.”
More about The Lookout Post
The theme of The Lookout Post is “pathfinding,” with rooms named in honor of pioneers of the region and the country who committed their lives to the preservation of the country’s natural resources and culture. Meeting rooms are named for the country’s first true conservationist John Muir; the first head of the National Park Service Stephen Mather; outdoorsman Simon Kenton; Shawnee chief Tecumseh and early settler Mary Draper Ingles.
The conference center is connected by decks and walkways to Smokey’s on the Gorge restaurant and the resort’s Canyon Falls Swimming Pool.
More about the adventures
Zip lines. Available year-round, the TreeTops Canopy Tour travels through a hemlock forest and features a series of suspension bridges and some extra-long zip lines. Gravity Zip Lines is a seasonal operation that opens in the spring when the conditions are mild. Guests travel up to 50 miles per hour above the tree line for the first zips, and the experience culminates with the AdrenaLine, a dual-racing zip line that is the longest zip line on the East Coast at 3,150 feet long and speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park. This aerial obstacle course features five increasingly challenging courses with 60 platforms as well as bridges, zip lines and crazy obstacles that challenge agility and strength. The park can be enjoyed by children as young as seven. At night, the resort lights up the course for Moontrek, an extra-challenging and fun way to burn off some extra calories.
Rafting. Adventures on the Gorge offers half-, full- and multi-day rafting trips on the New and Gauley Rivers, with options for beginning rafters as well as experienced rafting thrill-seekers. Rafting season begins in early April and lasts through mid-October. With multiple raftable sections on both rivers and a choice of easy float trips to some of the biggest whitewater rafting in the world, visitors can choose the trip that is right for them.
Bridgewalk. The New River Gorge Bridge is the highest steel arch bridge in the East at 876 feet above the New River. Some 16,200 cars travel across the 3,030-foot-long bridge every day. The Bridgewalk is a 24-inch-wide catwalk underneath the bridge. Travelers are harnessed to a pulley system for safety and follow a guide who offers interpretive information about the bridge and the region while walkers are treated to a birds’-eye view of the gorge.
AOTG offers accommodations for a variety of group sizes and budgets. High-end luxury homes with multiple bedrooms and spectacular views of the New River Gorge are often the top choice among couples and their families. There are also a variety of other cabins, including deluxe cabins with hot tubs, kitchens and multiple bedrooms. For guests on a budget and for those who simply like to sleep in the great outdoors, there are tent camping sites, platform tents already set up, bunkhouses that sleep up to eight people.
Restaurants and Lounges
AOTG offers three restaurants as well as two popular bars. Smokey’s 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 BBQ & Pizza 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.
Travelers can find out more about Adventures on the Gorge online, calling 1-855-379-8738, connecting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, TripAdvisor, YouTube, and Vimeo and signing up for AOTG e-newsletter.
Mesereau Travel Public Relations