Nestled within the rugged New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, Fayetteville, West Virginia, beckons to the adventurous spirit in all of us. From the awe-inspiring heights of the New River Gorge Bridge to the exhilarating rush of whitewater rafting, our charming town has something for every outdoor enthusiast. Join us on a journey that will take you soaring through the trees, paddling to hidden waterfalls, scaling breathtaking cliffs and savoring the flavors of local cuisine.
Day 1: Bridge Walk and Biking
Kick off your adventure by defying gravity on a guided Bridge Walk Tour, where you’ll stroll 25 feet beneath the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. If heights make you uneasy, rest assured – safety is paramount, with harnesses and secure cables ensuring your peace of mind.
Afterward, refuel with a savory lunch at The Take Out, where The Jerk, a tangy fresh jerk chicken bowl, will hit the spot!
Then, embark on a two-wheeled exploration at Arrowhead Bike Farm, home to a network of rolling loop trails suitable for riders of all levels. Arrowhead Bike Farm offers rentals and clinics on-site, too! Before you leave, grab a snack at The Handle Bar + Kitchen and say hello to the farm’s friendly resident goats.
As the day comes to a close, savor the evening at Wanderlust Creative Foods, where flavors from around the world come together to create memorable dining experiences.
Day 2: Whitewater Thrills and Local Brews
Fayetteville is renowned for its world-class whitewater on the New and Gauley rivers. The area serves as an exceptional starting point for novice rafters, offering a variety of river segments, from gentle class 1 and 2 stretches to exhilarating class 4 and 5 rapids. The unrivaled perspective and deep connection formed with our national park while navigating its waters afford truly unforgettable moments.
For your convenience, numerous reputable commercial rafting companies stand ready to cater to your preferences. To fully immerse yourself in this incredible experience, we highly recommend selecting either a full-day or half-day trip, granting you ample time to enjoy every aspect of this adventure.
After conquering the rapids, unwind at one of Fayetteville’s local breweries – Freefolk Brewery, Bridge Brew Works or Southside Junction Tap House. Be sure to check the evening’s music lineup for a perfect ending to your day.
For dinner, don’t miss the chance to try unique pizza combinations and delicious wings at Pies & Pints, a Fayetteville staple.
Day 3: Ziplining, Hiking and Tranquil Views
If you want to take flight through the forest canopy or above it, our area offers many thrilling options to satisfy your desire. Adventures on the Gorge is your gateway to the exhilarating Gravity Zipline, which proudly claims the title of our region’s fastest and highest zipline. Prepare for an adrenaline-pumping experience as you engage in dual racing zips that propel you off the side of a mountain. For those seeking a more tranquil treetop journey, the Tree Tops Course at Adventures on the Gorge provides a serene opportunity to glide gracefully over Mill Creek. If proximity to the Gorge is a priority, look no further than ACE Adventure Resort, offering a zipline experience that is the closest to the awe-inspiring New River Gorge. If you are on a time crunch, the four-zip course at Rivers Expeditions is the perfect choice, ensuring a quick and thrilling trip.
Then, take in the spectacular views of the New River Gorge Bridge and New River Gorge National Park and Preserve from the rocky outcrop overlook at the Long Point Trail. This 1.6-mile out-and-back trail is an easy hike with the best views.
End your day with a flavorful meal and seasonal margarita from Don Rizo Mexican Kitchen & Cantina.
Day 4: Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Horseback Riding
Start your day with the quintessential West Virginia breakfast from Tudor’s Biscuit World.
Experience the serenity of stand-up paddleboarding on a guided trip to hidden waterfalls with Mountain Surf Paddle Sports. Spend the day paddling at Kanawha Falls or Summersville Lake. If the timing aligns, you can even embark on a night tour for a unique adventure.
In between your activities, stop by Swiftwater General Store for delicious grab-and-go options.
For a change of pace, head to Cowboy Town Horseback Riding, just a short drive from Fayetteville, and enjoy a relaxing evening on winding trails.
Finally, fuel up after a long day of adventuring at Elliot’s Whitewater Bar & Grill.
Day 5: Rock Climbing, Waterfall Hikes and Culinary Delights
Start your day at The 304 Restaurant with a hearty breakfast that provides the energy needed for a day of rock climbing.
Fayetteville boasts some of the best climbing routes on the East Coast, suitable for both beginners and experienced climbers. The New River Gorge is home to a variety of routes ranging from beginner-friendly to more challenging climbs for experienced climbers and everything in between. Book a half-day or full-day trip with Appalachian Climbing Guides or New River Mountain Guides for an unforgettable experience.
After a day of climbing, unwind on the easy Hawks Nest Rail Trail, where you’ll be treated to amazing views of the Mill Creek Waterfall featured on West Virginia’s Waterfall Trail. This two-mile in-and-back trail, set below Hawks Nest State Park, culminates at Hawks Nest State Park Lake.
Conclude your day at the Southside Junction Tap House, indulging in their seasonal burger specials and refreshing drinks.
Where to Stay
Rest your weary head at one of Fayetteville’s welcoming accommodations, such as Quality Inn New River Gorge, Bear Mountain Campground and Cabins, The Keller Cottage or The Outpost New River Gorge. Each offers a comfortable retreat, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready for another day of exploration.
With your itinerary in hand and your adventures laid out, the only thing left to do is make your way here! So, pack your bags and let the wonders of Fayetteville welcome you with open arms.