Ace Adventure Resort resides adjacent to land designated by the National Park Service as the New River Gorge National River. The 1,500-acre base is home to onsite rock climbing, a zipline course that offers views of the stunning New River Gorge, hiking and biking trails, a paintball course, a 5-acre lake waterpark and more. For more than 30 years, ACE has been a pioneer in outdoor adventure, priding themselves in offering the best trips that you can experience on the New and Gauley Rivers.
The popular Lower New River Gorge Whitewater Rafting Trip is a rafting experience with a 6.5-mile stretch of river that winds through the bottom of a 2,000 foot canyon, with house-sized boulders, thick deciduous forests and sandstone cliffs surrounding rafters as they make their way through the class IV+ portion of the river. The trip ends beneath the iconic New River Gorge Bridge. Raft the Lower New as a full day trip and experience a riverside lunch and jump rock, or opt for the shortened half day version.
For little rafters and their families, the Upper New River provides the best intro to whitewater around. Kids ages 6 and up can raft with their group and a guide, or paddle their own inflatable kayak or “duckie.” This full day trip provides fun, time for swimming and playing games in the water and a riverside lunch halfway through the trip to fuel you through the rest of your day.
Check out ACE’s 5-acre Wonderland Waterpark — The natural, spring fed lake is full of inflatable obstacles and toys to bounce, slide and glide your way around the lake. Located next to The Lost Paddle featuring Woody’s award winning wood-fired pizza, you can take a break and enjoy food or a slushie lakeside. Hang out on the beach, play a game of volleyball or giant chess, or check out the Splash Pad, where toddlers and smaller children can get in on the fun at the waterpark too!
ACE has the only zipline course with spectacular views of the New River Gorge. The nine zip course consists of tandem ziplines, so you can race friends. Two bridges allow you to look down at the trees and a mountain stream below. The grand finale is a treehouse that is appropriately named “The Plunge”. If you aren’t afraid of the dark, the night zip option provides serious thrills, as zipliners take on the course armed only with a headlamp to light their paths.
Miles of mountain biking and hiking trails weave their way around ACE, so bring your own bike or rent one from the welcome center. A guided mountain bike experience is available from beginner friendly to more advanced single track rides. Or, see the trails and the scenic vistas they lead to by foot. Guided hiking trips are available both at ACE and into the New River Gorge.
The New River Gorge is world famous for a myriad of outdoor activities, including rock climbing. Well renowned for its rock hard sandstone, climbers travel the world to climb in this region. ACE offers climbing trips into the heart of the New River Gorge, where beginners and experienced climbers alike can try out classic, world famous routes. Climbers can also climb ACE’s private cliffs, a great option if you can only spend a half day climbing.
Not far from ACE is Summersville Lake, the largest lake in West Virginia with crystal clear water and lined by numerous cliffs. See Summersville Lake from a standup paddleboard or lake kayak, or try out ACE’s Pontoon Adventure and SUP, climb, tube, swim and relax your way around the lake.
ACE has onsite lodging ranging from deluxe cabins complete with hot tubs, to primitive camping. Many cabins have their own kitchen. You can also opt to dine at the Lost Paddle Bar and Grille, often host to locally and nationally renowned bands every weekend. Check out the music scene, grab some food and a craft beer or specialty cocktail, and enjoy the show.
Consider a visit in September and October when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers releases the water from Summersville Lake and creates world class whitewater rafting on the Gauley River. For six weekends, rafters can experience the Upper Gauley, full of pulse pounding whitewater, or the Lower Gauley, a calmer and incredibly scenic stretch of whitewater.