4-6 May 2018
14TH Annual 

Whitewater Whirl!

a mini dance vacation in WV's New River Gorge Scenic Recreation Area

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Pro-guided adventures

Pro-guided adventures on this page include:

Zipline tours


Rock Climbing


Also find info about guided activities at
New River Gorge Convention and Visters Bureau

BOOK NOW to insure a reservation!

It is customary to reward your guide with a gratuity for exceptional service. For a trip with a boatload of people, this might be as little as, say, $10 from each.


Adventures on the Gorge is one of the top outfitters in the area. Highly recommended.

Directions from Fayette County Park

  • Leave the Park, turning right onto Rt. 16 at the end of the park road. 
  • When you reach the light at Fayetteville (US-19), turn LEFT onto US-19N.
  • Watch your speed on 19! Cross the New River Gorge Bridge, and look for Ames Heights Road/Lansing Edmond Road exit just ahead.
  • Turn left onto Ames Heights Road and follow the signs. You'll quickly reach your destination.

"If you enjoy the ride, tip your guide"


Zipline tours


Treetops Canopy Tour (3 hours)

Imagine zipping 800 feet through gigantic Hemlocks with the wind whooshing past your face. 

You'll fly through the air tethered to a series of tree-to-tree ziplines, 80' in the air above Mill Creek, near the New River Gorge. Trip begins with an orientation to get you familiar with handbraking and getting the most from your tour. You get to the landing platform and immediately get hooked in to zip 400 feet across a 150 foot deep canyon.  This tour will take your breath away from excitement and awe!

"I did the trip the first year, and everyone in our group had a great time. Go for it!" -- Gary R., founder, Whitewater Whirl

Whitewater Whirl does not guarantee you will feel awe, but it's a lot of fun.

Gravity (2 hours)

Longer distance, higher, faster zip line tour.

This open-air zip line soars a jaw-dropping 200 feet above the ground at its highest point.

Riders enjoy a mile-long tour that zigzags across the ridge line of a mountain bowl. Elevated above the trees, you'll have unspoiled views of the lush ever-changing forests of West Virginia during your two-hour ride in the sky.

Below the zipline, the history of the area runs deep; the valley below was once was one of West Virginia’s many working strip mines.

"If you enjoy the ride, tip your guide"


Despite its name, The New River is the oldest river on the North American Continent. It is also one of only a handful of large rivers on this planet that flows North. Every year thousands of raft enthusiasts make the pilgrimage to Fayetteville, WV to brave the high volume Class III to Class V rapids of the famed New River Gorge. “The New” has become a favorite among kayakers and canoeists looking for year-round paddling and consistent conditions throughout the summer.

New River Gorge scouting report, click here.

West Virginia whitewater rafting, click here.

"If you enjoy the ride, tip your guide" 

Rock Climbing


Rock Climb/Rappel (1/2-day; about 4 hours) 

Many people think you have to be in superb physical condition to enjoy rock climbing but this just isn't true!

Visit Hard Rock Climbing Services for more info.

"If you enjoy the ride, tip your guide"





The New River Birding & Nature Festival is a week-long festival located in and around the New River Gorge National River. It features workshops, birding tours and more. 

2015: April 26 through May 2 

Administrated by the National Park Service, this area is the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology has identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson’s warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager.  

This activity is not provided by the outfitter recommended for our other pro-guided trips. You can see what's available on Saturday, at what cost, find out all other necessary info, and register at the New River Birding & Nature Festival.

2015 trip descriptions: click here

Festival draws birdwatchers to Fayette County (WV Gazette; Sunday, April 26, 2015)