The New River Gorge is the number one spot on the east coast for epic mountain adventures. ACE Adventure Resort has the experience and guides to show you America’s best whitewater rafting right in the backyard of Mountain Music Festival. The great thing about rafting in West Virginia is we truly have something for everyone. Mild to wild we like to say and it’s true. We can lead you down a mellow section of river on a scenic float trip while splashing through small waves and easy rapids or we can drop a 14-foot waterfall on the Gauley River. Grab your adventurous friends this summer and get to the river!
Our most popular trip ACE Adventure Resort offers in the summertime is the Lower New River Gorge. This trip features over 20 rapids in a deep canyon among house sized boulders and towering cliffs high on the rim of the gorge. Half day trips are the best option for festival goers as you can hit the water for two hours and get back in time for all the main stage acts. Sign up for a full day trip and spend more time swimming, surfing, cliff jumping and enjoy a riverside lunch. This is the perfect trip for both first time rafters and the whitewater fanatic.
Insider Tip: The smaller the boat the bigger the ride! ACE typically utilizes 14 foot/6 person rafts while the industry standard is a 16 foot/8 person raft. Wanna even bigger ride then sign up for our 12 foot/4 person boat and get the most extreme trip on the river.
Relax and take in the beauty of this beautiful scenery while floating down the New River. The upper section is the perfect river trip for kids 11 and under with a little bit of whitewater, some classic experiences like Jump Rock, and a whole lot of fun on the river. New for 2020 kids ages 6-11 raft for free with a paying full priced adult!
Insider Tip: Choose to paddle the Upper New in a ducky. A ducky is an inflatable kayak that you sit on top of so if it flips over you can just climb back on top. Our duckies are tandem too so you can paddle with a friend or your kids.
Summer Gauley Trips
Go big or go home you say? The Gauley River features our favorite trips and of course our most intense trips. Let us take you into this remote river canyon carving its path through narrow chutes and around giant boulders. You’ll experience steep and technical whitewater meaning there isn’t a whole lot of time for lounging around in the boat. The highlight of an Upper Gauley trip is getting to drop Sweets Falls, a 14-foot waterfall! During the summertime we will outfit you with the best craft for that days water levels. You may find yourself in a small raft with your best friends or paddling a ducky over Sweets Falls. No matter what boat you paddle Summer Gauley trips are something unique and special. Paddle the Gauley in the summer and find out why this trip is our guide’s favorite.
Insider Tip: Come back for Fall Gauley Season. During September & October the Army Corps of Engineers schedules regular weekend releases on the Gauley River. These water releases create one of the top 10 BEST whitewater rafting trips in the world featuring 26 miles and over 100 individual rapids!
Mountain Adventures with ACE
There is a lot to do at Mountain Music Festival between thirty bands on three stages, visual artists, vendors, workshops and more but if you are looking to experience one of ACE’s epic adventures whitewater rafting should be at the top of your list. Are you just too busy during MMFest? ACE Adventure Resort is rocking all summer long rafting, biking, climbing, ziplining and more! You can even save 20% on guided activities all season any day but Saturday with promo code “FEST20”. So make plans to visit us as often as possible and lets get out, explore and make some epic memories!