Located on 1,500 wooded acres in West Virginia’s southern hills, ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) is a magnet for groups and family reunions seeking fun, bonding, business and recreation at the same time.
river rafting and zip lining to rock climbing combine with the rustic comforts of camping (tents and sleeping kits can be provided), bunkhouse or lodge accommodations. A minimum of eight persons qualifies as a group. Meals may include breakfast and dinner buffets, deli lunches and cookout dinners. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. One conference room seats up to 75 and another more intimate one is ideal for small groups of up to 15. Both are A/V capable with HDMI capabilities for the monitors. An optional pole tent for up to 50 participants can also be erected.
Popular activities with family reunion, church, school, YMCA and 4-H groups include full day rafting trips, zip lining, a mud obstacle course, a ropes team challenge, paintball and the fun of ACE’s five-acre Adventure Lake and Waterpark. Groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Trail Life and American Heritage have added mountain bike tours, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding and lake kayak tours to their fun. Two Merit Badge Programs, each a one-day clinic, include Whitewater Merit and Rock Climb Merit.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve, host to the next Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree in 2017, is just 20 minutes from ACE. For the second consecutive year ACE hosts Trail Life USA’s Summer Adventure Camp for East Coast troops. Three STEM programs – hydrology, geology and ecology – are also options for Scout and middle and high school groups.
Corporate groups that traditionally secure the property’s upscale lodges for their stay enjoy many of the same activities as their youthful counterparts. Requests for catered meals in cabins can be accommodated as can team-building programs often incorporating the ropes course and on-ground challenges.
The resort also reports that motor coach tours are an emerging group market for ACE Adventure Resort.
disc golf, stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing. The adjacent 70,000-acre New River Gorge National River is an option for miles of wilderness exploring afoot and on horseback or fat tire bike.
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. The nearby New River Gorge National River is affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East” and features rafting from April to October. The New and Gauley Rivers combined offer over 100 miles of rapids all within 30 minutes of the resort. Both rivers are administered by the National Park Service. ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around these rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure in one place.” The 1,500 acres here encompass both forest and a 5-acre lake plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.