ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast's largest 1,500-acre mountain hideaway with more guided adventures, outdoor activities, whitewater rafting, lodging and amenities than any other Adventure Vacation Outfitter! ACE will maximize your mountain privacy and surround you with the great outdoors.
Located in the “Grand Canyon of the East” - the New River Gorge National River - we are in the heart of one of our country's national wilderness treasures. We love our remoteness yet we are conveniently just three miles away from the highway.
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We have a passion for creating outdoor adventures and sharing them with others for lasting memories.
We live our lives while having fun. When we aren’t playing outside, we are busy planning our next adventure.
We constantly research and dream of the next great adventure that we can add to the long list of ACE Adventure Resort activities to accommodate explorers of all ages.
(It took a lot of hard work to get to the top, and we know it is going to be even harder to stay there… but it sure is fun trying!)
For the past 35 years, we have been committed to the “total” vacation experience. With our roots in river running since the 1970s combined with our love for land adventures, the folks here at ACE are veteran wilderness explorers who have earned their badges of courage through years of perspiration and determination.
Our success has been built over the years through partnerships with North American River Runners and the region's first whitewater rafting company, Wild Water Expeditions, who both aspired to the same mission and lifestyle philosophy as ours. We also need to give a shout out to our friends at West Virginia Tourism for helping us all along the way.
ACE Adventure Resort was established in 1980 as American-Canadian Expeditions. One of the first companies licensed to guide commercial whitewater trips on the New River, ACE, as it has come to be known, grew naturally from its inception as a weekend hobby pursued by its founder, Ernie Kincaid, a New River native and one of the true whitewater pioneers.
In 1988, the corporation was joined by fellow adventurer Jerry Cook (pictured above). They purchased a 1,500-acre tract of land that extends into the New River Gorge and across the highlands to its west. Part of the land, coined “Wonderland,” includes a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs, waterfalls and overlooks.
President Harry S. Truman visited one of the cabins located at Wonderland -- a hunting lodge that has since become one of the most popular of the 50-plus guest cabins and vacation rentals located on property.
Through the 1990s and 2000s, the resort has continued to expand and innovate, outpacing the growth of the U.S. whitewater rafting industry with every paddle stroke.
In 2008, ACE entered into its most significant period of growth. Among adding numerous lodging options, it established the first zip line canopy tour in West Virginia, expanding it to extend a mile along the rim of the gorge.
ACE again achieved global prominence in 2012 when it set a Guinness World Record on one of its zip lines. More than 183 participants zipped along the 203-foot cable in under an hour, outnumbering the 2010 record set by 122 participants in Germany.
The “Wild and Wonderful” West Virginia mountains are teaming with streams that feed roaring whitewater rivers. ACE Adventure Resort has provided premier river adventures through the nearby big-water New River and the non-stop, adrenaline pumping “Beast of the East” - the legendary Gauley River.
Within a 30-mile radius of our resort, thrill-seekers can explore over 100 miles of whitewater rapids - a concentration of whitewater found nowhere else in the U.S. With dozens of different trips ranging from mild to wild, we can ensure the hands-down best paddling experience.
We feature the most diverse lodging options in the area with everything from simple camping to splurge-worthy log cabin homes with full kitchens, bathrooms and satellite/cable televisions.
We can accommodate numerous groups of all sizes with custom group programs perfect for church and mission groups, boy scout and girl scout troops, sports teams, family reunions, college clubs and corporate retreats. Weddings in the Woods are another adventure we specialize in here at ACE.
Just about everything at our base camp centers around our unique, spring fed, five-acre lake filled with awesomeness. An all-access Gold Pass is included with every adventure package booked at ACE. (After even just a half-day of playing on the lake, you are guaranteed to have a good night's sleep.) Inflatable climbing walls, the famous BLOB, zip lining, beach volleyball and more summer fun can be found at ACE Adventure Lake.
Hungry? Don’t worry about cooking any meals – our casual Lakeside Dining Lodge is the perfect place to relax and refuel with deeelish meals throughout the day.
From home-cookin' breakfast plates to traditional classics like pizza & burgers to hot buffets on weekends, the cooks here sure know how to please. Our lakeside Lost Paddle Bar & Grill is the perfect setting for nighttime fun with live music, a full bar and tasty pub food.
Bring your own mountain bike, kayak, SUP/paddle board (or rent one from us) for a guided adventure or go hiking on miles of private trails through our woods that connect with the National Park trails.
The area's most zip lines run from tree to tree and will send you flying high above the canopy and plunging deep into the forest - day or night (if you dare).
Discover beautiful waterfalls, explore numerous panoramic overlooks of the gorge, relax or fish at our private lakes or explore old ghost towns surrounding our property. The adventure opportunities for thrill-seekers are endless.
We are rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia. Guests realize that their hard-earned vacation dollars are best spent with a respected and experienced outfitter.
Our team of over 200 dedicated people helps make every detail of your experience meet our high standards for safety and fun. All of our office staff members, adventure guides, cooks, cleaning crew, shuttle drivers, kayak video boaters and gear shop employees do the best job we can with our heads held high... all in the spirit of adventure and fun. (Meet more of the team.)
Our professional, friendly staff make more guests choose ACE than any other outfitter. (Adventure activities are risky and it takes a special type of person to guide a raft down a river or set up a rope system and be responsible for your safety as you zip through the trees.) We can’t afford to have just anyone working for us. We have rigorous training certification programs and review systems that are unparalleled in the industry. We choose the best of the best to work for ACE, and have this commitment of excellence on all levels of staffing – not just our guides.
ACE Adventure Resort has been the industry leader and innovator when it comes to outdoor adventures and it requires top-of-the-line equipment and knowledge. We were the first with self-bailing rafts – we now have a full fleet of specially designed rafts.
We are also experts at Zip Line Canopy Tours, Ropes Courses and other technical adventures. We have full-time professional inspectors that do nothing else but check our gear and equipment.
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