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What To Bring On Your Adventures With ACE

Spring And Fall Rafting (March-May, September-November)

What to wear:

  • Layering allows you to adjust quickly to changing weather
  • Loose, fast drying, durable clothes
  • Synthetic poly-pro, fleece, capilene, or lightweight wool undershirts and socks add warmth, wick moisture, and dry fast!
  • Coated nylon jacket and pants made from breathable fabrics such as Gore-Tex will protect your under layers from the wind and spray
  • Neoprene wetsuits and paddling jackets (available for rent). Synthetic, wool, or neoprene gloves and hat (must fit comfortably under helmet)
  • Waterproof cameras that you can secure (like a GoPro helmet camera) or disposable camera with wrist strap
  • Water bottles that can be secured
  • Waterproof total-block sunscreen SPF 45 or greater; apply several times during trip
  • UV-protected sunglasses with an adjustable strap

Summer Rafting (June-August)

What to wear:

  • Swim suit (and shorts)
  • T-shirt
  • Baseball cap (must fit comfortably under helmet)
  • UV Protected Sunglass with adjustable strap
  • Sneakers or river sandals with straps
  • Waterproof total-block sunscreen SPF 45 or greater; apply several times during trip!
  • Lip balm (SPF)
  • Light rain jacket for overcast days (paddling jackets are available for rent)
  • Cotton shirts and shorts are only recommended for hot weather!
  • Light colors reflect the sun better than dark color


What to wear:

  • Shorts
  • Hat-you will be in the sun all day and a strap for glasses.
  • Whatever shoes you want


What to Bring:

  • Your favorite fishing gear like your poles, lures, live bait, etc.(suggest lures included jitterbugs, spinners, power grubs, hig back shiner and tornado spinners)
  • *WV Fishing License!
  • Sunscreen-lots of it
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Waterproof camera
  • Rain jacket and fleece top, depending on the weather

*A three-day non-resident fishing license can be acquired at our local Walmart or online at www.wvfish.com


What to wear:

  • Weather and seasons affect attire, so be sure to ask during check-in for the latest conditions and be prepared with a few layering options.
  • Long short or pants, depending on the weather
  • Light-weight, comfortable shirt
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Strap for glasses
  • Closed toe shoes with socks


What to bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera with strap
  • Snack-just in case you get hungry
  • Backpack-small enough not to constrict movement
  • Windbreaker or fleece top depending on the weather


If hiking without a guide:

  • Get a trail map at the check-in-it’s easy to get lost on over 30 miles of trails
  • Never hike alone in a wilderness setting
  • Tell someone where you plan to go, when you will return, and make sure they know you have returned safely
  • We aware of wild critters-bees, hornets, snakes, bears, and more live in these wood
  • Horseback Riding



Trail highlights:

Overlooks from the top of The Gorge:

  • Keeney Brothers Rapids (biggest on the river)
  • Endless Wall Cliff (over a mile long)
  • Ram’s Head Cliff and Beauty Mountain
  • Minecar Cemetery and Johnny Nolegg’s unique camp (the local moonshiner)

Horseback Riding

What to wear:

  • Long pants-avoids rash on inner thighs
  • Closed toe shoes-no thick soles, must fit into stirrups
  • Strap for glasses
  • No jewelry that makes noise-it can distract the horses
  • No loose fitting hats or scarves that may fall off


What to Bring:

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera-must be secured by strap or belt
  • Windbreaker or fleece jacket depending on the weather





Equestrian Adventures Provides:

  • Horse and all riding equipment
  • Helmet-worn at your discretion

Mountain Biking

What to wear:

  • What to wear:
  • Long shorts or pants depending on the weather
  • Bike gloves (if you already have a pair)
  • Strap for glasses
  • Closed toe shoes with socks


What to Bring:

  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera
  • Snack-just in case you get hungry
  • Backpack-small enough not to constrict movement
  • Windbreaker or fleece top depending on weather
  • Your own bike and helmet (if you have it, if not, no biggie.)

Mud Obstacle Course

What to wear:

  • Shorts and t-shirt that you don’t mind getting wet and muddy
  • Closed toe shoes that can get dirty for the walk to the course
  • Tight strap for glasses if you HAVE to wear them
  • Insect repellent
  • Waterproof camera


What NOT to bring:

  • If you don’t want it dirty, leave it behind
  • Jewelry, keys, watches, and electronics are a BAD idea
  • If you can go without your glasses or contacts, this is the time-you can bring goggles
  • If someone is not participating, they are welcome to tag along and take pictures


What to Wear

  • Old, loose-fitting clothes that you don’t mind getting splatted with paint
  • Heavy long sleeve shirts and long pants will prevent abrasions and soften the impact of the paintball.
  • Closed toe shoes that lace up tight (no flip-flops!)


ACE Provides:

  • Paintball marker
  • Paintballs
  • Protective face mask
  • Rental gear
  • Insect repellent (a really good idea in summer)


What to Expect:

  • Strategizing with your teammates
  • The loving sting of the paintball shot
  • The excitement of doing it all over again


What NOT to bring:

  • Any jewelry, keys, watches, and electronics
  • Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • What to Wear
  • Light pants or jeans
  • Tennis shoes or boots for hiking
  • Close-fitting shirt (t-shirt or technical wear)
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • A smile


What to Bring

  • Extra layers (rain jacket)
  • Day pack
  • Hydration pack/water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Person prescription medication
  • Camera


Please Don’t bring

  • Loose-fitting clothing
  • Some rope you bought a hardware store
  • Ladders, elevators, or anything else cheaters use

Ziplining And Aerial Park

What to wear

  • Long shorts or loose jeans
  • Light jacket that will fit comfortably under your harness if rain is in the forecast
  • Sweater or heavy jacket and fleece toboggan under your helmet to keep your head warm for cold weather.
  • Those with longer hair need a ponytail or braid to keep flying hair free from the pulley and cable.


What to bring

  • Extra layers (rain jacket)
  • Day pack
  • Hydration pack/water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera with wrist strap or helmet mount
  • Sneakers or light-hiking shoes (closed toe)


Don’t Bring

  • Sandals and flip-flops

Bridge Catwalk Tour


Guests must provide their own shuttle-just 15 minutes from ACE, you will meet at the National Park Welcome Center across the New River Gorge Bridge.

What to Wear:

  • Long shorts or pants, depending on the weather
  • Gloves, hat and a strap for your glasses
  • Closed toe shoes


What to Bring:

  • Personal prescription medication
  • Camera (must have a strap)
  • Windbreaker or fleece jacket, depending on the weather

Pet-friendly Lodging

What to bring:

  • Water and food bowl and food
  • Sturdy leash and collar or harness
  • Pet carrier (for crating your dog while you’re away)
  • Pet towel to place on furniture and to clean your dog
  • Toys
  • Vaccination paperwork


Emergency Vet:

Oak Hill Animal Hospital Facility

2525 Summerlee Rd. Oak HIll, WV 25901

24 Hour Emergency Services


*only minutes from ACE

Firewood Policies

A little background info:

Our forests are threatened by nonnative insects that can kill large numbers of trees. Three recently introduced insects–emerald ash borer, Asian Longhorned beetle, and Sirex woodwasp–are wood infesting species that can be transported long distances in firewood. Once transported into new areas, these insects can become established and kill local trees. We must STOP THE SPREAD of these insects and protect our forests and trees.

How you can help

  • Leave firewood at home–do not transport it to campgrounds or parks
  • Use firewood from local sources
  • If you have moved firewood, burn all of it before leaving your campsite