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Things to Do in WV: 4 Hidden Gems near ACE


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It’s no secret that the beautiful city of Oak Hill, WV, is renowned for its whitewater rafting, zip lining, rock climbing, and so many more adventure activities. Thrill-seekers escape from some of the East Coast’s largest cities to our community of 8,388 to challenge themselves on rivers, rock walls, and bike trails. While the Oak Hill area has dozens of outdoor things to do in WV, it’s also home to a handful of hidden gems that many tourists sadly pass up. ACE Adventure Resort’s rafting, swimming, and kayaking seasons are wrapping up, meaning it’s time to start focusing on our winter activities: zip lining, hiking, caving, and rock climbing (not available in January and February). While you’re in the neighborhood enjoying half-priced cabins, remember to stop at these four hidden gems near ACE.

Thurmond Ghost Town

The town of Thurmond, WV, was never thriving by any stretch of the imagination, capping out at only 462 residents in the 1930s, but this former rail stopover was once home to a vital engine repair shop. Local businesses steadily shut down with the decline of steam engines in the early 1950s. Today, Thurmond is nothing but a ghost town and a small visitor center. Many of the town’s bones remain, however, such as the national bank, rail station, town hall, and drug store.

Touring the old town of Thurmond, WV in the New River Gorge across the river from ACE Adventure Resort.

Bridge Brew Works

Bridge Brew Works’ Fayetteville taproom is open six days a week, six miles north of ACE Adventure Resort. Visiting craft breweries is one of the top things to do in WV, and Bridge Brew Works doesn’t disappoint. Their taproom features peaceful, shaded outdoor seating, a walk-up bar, and a television. They have two year-round staples, both of which are light and drinkable, although most patrons arrive for the smooth, creamy Moxxee Coffee Stout and malty Peregrine Baltic Porter.

A flock of local craft beer on tap and made in West Virginia at Bridge Brew Works in Fayetteville.


Families and groups alike love visiting Pinheads during the winter season here at ACE Adventure Resort. Not only is it four miles from the resort, but Pinheads has bowling, tasty grub, and events such as poker, beer school, bingo, live music, and open mic.

Pinheads bowling with food and drinks on tap right up the road from ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV.

Epic Escape Game

Escape games are one of the fasting growing things to do in WV. Epic Escape Game has three challenging, hour-long puzzles in nearby Fayetteville. The themes are currently “Mothman,” “Brave New World,” and “Runaway Train.” The difficulty and success rates range from easy to very challenging.

Winner from the Epic Escape Game New River Gorge in Fayetteville, West Virginia.

Things to Do in WV

Zip lining is always in season here at ACE Adventure Resort. Embark on a zipline canopy tour after a fresh snowfall or hoarfrost in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains before visiting a hidden gem. Buy one night in a cozy ACE cabin and get the second night free all winter long! Start planning a wintertime escape to beautiful Oak Hill, WV, by dialing 1-877-787-3982 or visiting ACERaft.com.

Winter zip lining after a fresh snowfall in the New River Gorge at ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV.

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