Quickly garnering national acclaim, the New River Gorge is a climber’s paradise. The cliffs surrounding the gorge offer both breathtaking views and challenging rock faces. With over 1,500 routes to conquer, local guides and instructors are always on hand. There are also nearby outfitters ready to make sure you’re prepared to head into the almost heaven with all the right gear.
New River Mountain Guides
Water Stone Outdoors
The New River Gorge is known for its world-class whitewater rafting, and we’re conveniently located near professional rafting companies. Onsite coaching and guides that have years of experience will help you find a stretch of the river that’s ready for the whole family. Whether you choose a rough and rowdy trip down the Gauley River or a smooth, afternoon float with the kids, you’ll make memories you’ll never forget.
Feel like spending the afternoon on a pontoon boat, having a beachside barbecue, or going SUP-ing? A short drive to Summersville Lake, and you’ll find the perfect spot. With cliffs for diving and scenic pictures around every corner, Summersville Lake and Marina boasts over 60 miles of shoreline and a history that’s even larger.
You would have to search long and hard to find a small town as interesting and unique as Historic Fayetteville (population 2,892). From award-winning restaurants and locally owned businesses that support every lifestyle, its charm is like no other. Connected to other local attractions by hiking trail, you can easily spend a whole day in Fayetteville without needing your car. It’s easy to see why it was voted “One of the Coolest Small Towns in America” in 2017 and one of USA Today’s “Best Small Towns for Adventure” in 2021
Local Breweries and Restaurants
You can’t travel far around the New River Gorge without finding a local brewery or a restaurant with unforgettable food. An abundance of local farms, food trucks, and to-go style eateries make it fun to explore the area’s exquisite food scene any way you like. Both indoor and outdoor venues surrounding the gorge offer guests the ability to dine at their own comfort level.
** SOUTH SIDE of the New River Gorge Bridge **
Cathedral Café’s menu is diverse, featuring everything from breakfast foods to sandwiches and salads. The café is situated in a 107-year-old cathedral. Fresh juice and smoothies.
134 S. Court St.
Fayetteville, WV 25840
Café One Ten
Once known as Kelly’s Drug Store dating back to the late 1920’s. American comfort food with a twist. Daily specials and homemade desserts. Deep fried Oreos!
110 Main St.
Oak Hill, WV 25901
Southside Junction Tap House
Restaurant and Pub that features a great selection of craft beer, some great tasty bites and darts!!
101 South Court Street
Fayetteville, WV 25840
The Freefolk Brewery Taproom
Free-spirited beer for free-spirited people. We at The Freefolk Brewery believe in the power of crafting things. Wild things. Free things. Folk things. We believe that by crafting these things we can craft a culture. We believe in bringing folk together to share experiences, adventure, and friendship. Craft Beer. Craft Culture. Craft Life.
1690 Court Street
Fayetteville, WV 25840
** NORTH SIDE of the New River Gorge Bridge **
Smokey’s on the Gorge/Chetty’s Pub
Smokey’s is located at the Adventures on the Gorge complex. Smokey’s is a unique gourmet dining environment, with an open deck overlooking New River. Chetty’s Pub is similar but offers a more casual menu.
Ames Heights Road
Lansing, WV 25862
Hawks Nest State Park
Located only a few miles from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, you’ll find another stunning view. Hawks Nest State Park is perfect for hikers and sightseers alike. You can dine overlooking the Hawks Nest Dam and the New River, take the tram down the mountainside to trails and serene views, or take a boat ride on the river — the adventure is up to you.
Jet Boat Rides at Hawk’s Landing
The jet boat rides at Hawk’s Landing are one of the hottest ways to experience the New River Gorge. While you’re at Hawk’s Nest, grab a ticket to head down the tram and hop aboard. Operated by New River Jet Boats, you’ll spend time speeding through the water while taking in all the unique, mountain views the area has to offer. Even if it rains, the jet boats are covered and ready to accommodate you.
If you’re looking for a truly unique way to experience the New River Gorge, look no further than Cowboy Town- Montgomery's Outdoor Adventures. Imagine gently sauntering along on a horse while taking in some of the most memorable views in the United States. Combine your horseback ride with any hiking trip or river expedition, and you’re sure to arrive in style.
Bridge Haven Golf Club is a public golf course located just outside of Fayetteville and Oak Hill off Salem Gatewood Road in Southern West Virginia. The course is an 18-hole course that offers a challenge for any golfer from the beginner to the serious handicapper. The front nine is open with very few obstacles while the back nine is more challenging and rewards the patient golfer with breathtaking views of the surrounding area. Bridge Haven is also known for its immaculate condition, its professional grounds keeping staff, and its full-service pro shop that offers a variety of snacks, sandwiches, and legal beverages. Call 304-574-2120