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New River Gorge Festival is BACK


New River Gorge Festival is coming back to ACE Adventure Resort May 12th – 14th and we are super excited to show off this wild and wonderful outdoor recreation paradise. This event is all about getting folks just like you outside and on an adventure, especially those little explorers. Bring the whole family for opportunities to participate in rock climbing, stand up paddle boarding, whitewater kayaking and more though our Adventure Zones. Plus paddlers from across the region will be competing on the river at the Rolling Rodeo Competition and New River Gorge Race Saturday afternoon. Throw in some camping, live music, tasty food, good friends and you got a recipe for an epic festival weekend this Spring!

Scenic photo of the New River Gorge

Outdoor Adventure Paradise

The New River Gorge National Park is one of the best places in America to get outdoors and have an adventure. Whitewater paddling, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking it’s all right here in the middle of a thousand foot deep rugged gorge in the mountains of West Virginia. With all these exciting opportunities in our backyard we thought it was worth celebrating everything we love about the New River Gorge. This annual festival is all about showing off this incredible setting, wild adventures and the people who call this place home.

Bring the Family

New River Gorge Festival features three days of family friendly outdoor fun. Our Adventure Zones are the perfect place to introduce kids to some exciting activities like mountain biking, rappelling, fishing and more. Our guides at ACE will be on hand to give pointers, instruction and provide safety for all activities. Get a weekend pass or an Adventure Zone pass and take part in as many activities as you can during the allotted time. This is your chance to try out everything ACE Adventure has to offer!

New River Gorge Race & Rodeo

Are you a whitewater paddler? Sign up to participate in the New River Rolling Rodeo and New River Gorge Race. Not a paddler? Then come out and watch as some of our areas best paddlers fly sky high on the trick ramp into the river. Participants in the rolling rodeo are scored for their best tricks on the ramp and surfing river features downstream. The Gorge Race invites paddlers of all crafts to battle it out from Cunard to Fayette Station featuring a mass start at the beginning. Whether you are a paddler or a spectator there will be some epic competition in the New River Gorge on Saturday during the festival. Sign up to participate and get more details on the race page here.

Live Music @ The Lost Paddle

We will be rocking all weekend long on the deck of our onsite bar & restaurant, The Lost Paddle. Friday night Litz hits the stage for an energetic performance of funk, electronic and rock & roll. Saturday features music all day long, kicking off at 2pm with Moonlight Mile, Shawn Benfield & The Revolution, Magnolia Boulevard and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. Reverend Peyton is no stranger to ACE Adventure Resort and is sure to bring a fiery performance to the end of our Saturday night.

Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets are on sale now for ONLY $50 per person. This includes camping Friday and Saturday nights, live music both nights and access to all the Adventure Zones too. Get your New River Gorge Festival tickets before the end of February with promo code EarlyBird23 and save $10 OFF!! Ala Carte tickets are also available for live music each night, adventure zones and adventure activities with ACE Adventure Resort. Check out the festival webpage here to get all the juicy details. Then grab your friends and head to the New River Gorge this May to celebrate with us!

BY Jenny Varuska

Jenny Varuska is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys everything the New River Gorge has to offer. When she is not outside you will find her coordinating weddings and assisting special events at ACE.