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New River Gorge Festival

The inaugural New River Gorge Festival is coming to ACE Adventure Resort May 14th – 15th.  On this weekend we are celebrating America’s newest National Park where we all love to hike, bike, paddle and climb. Featuring river shuttles throughout the weekend, a vendor midway, film festival, live music, camping and more this event is loaded with fun. Get yourself a weekend pass or just participate in the activities that you’re interested in because there is something for everyone to do.

Two people at festival at ACE Adventure Resort


Get here early on Thursday night to wake up charged and ready for a full 3-day weekend of epic river fun! We kick things off Friday morning with shuttles to Cunard and from Fayette Station for runs of the New River Gorge. Purchase $10 shuttle tokens for each river lap you want to run. Once you get back to the campground wander through the vendor midway featuring ACE Adventure Gear, NRS, Hala Gear, Astral & more. Hit up the World Paddling Film Festival screening happening from 5-9PM under the trip check in pavilion. Want to spend your Friday night dancing? Travers Brothership rocks The Lost Paddle all night.

Weekend Fun on Saturday

Saturday will be a fantastic day to see all your friends out on the river. We will have shuttles running throughout the day so you can catch a ride to the put-in up until noon. Cruise around the vendor midway open from 10am – 6pm and visit with The New River Conservancy, Friends of the New River, Fly Fishing West Virginia & more. Get out and explore the New River Gorge National Park with guided hikes and group mountain bike rides happening Friday and Saturday. The Revered Peyton’s Big Damn Band will be bringing their fiery show to The Lost Paddle alongside The Wild Rumpus and BlacKingCoal.

Sunday River Clean Up with New River Conservancy

Join The New River Conservancy and ACE Adventure Resort for a river cleanup on Sunday during the New River Festival. Scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM we plan to paddle of section of the Upper New River and collect trash from the river. This trip is subject to water levels and in the event of high water we will adjust our plans accordingly with the goal being to clean up a section of the watershed. Space is limited on this river cleanup. Shuttle is provided. You may bring your own craft or ride with us. Gear can be provided for those who need it.

Get to the River this May

Weekend passes are available right now for ONLY $40 in advance. This weekend pass gets you camping Friday & Saturday night, access to the World Paddling Film Festival & access to the weekend concerts. Our vendor midway will be open for free to the general public from 2-8pm on Friday and 10am-6pm Saturday. Just want to come dance all night at The Lost Paddle? Single day concert tickets can be purchased at the door for only $5.

BY Chris Colin

Chris Colin is a raft guide, whitewater kayaker, active caver, and as Special Events Coordinator at ACE he manages, promotes, and executes special events like the Mountain Music Festival.