Spring kicks into high gear in Southern West Virginia with blooming wildflowers, zip lining, hiking, white water rafting and epic events atop Wonderland Mountain at ACE Adventure Resort.

The recently minted National Park, The New River Gorge, is known for its outdoor activities, sweeping vistas and scenic beauty. Spread over 1,500 acres of this pristine corner of the country is the family- friendly ACE Adventure Resort, which offers activities, events and accommodations for all ages and levels of thrillseekers. 

“Spring is a special time in The New River Gorge, but especially this year with our newly expanded Waterpark and a slate of exciting events,” said Haynes Mansfield, director of marketing at ACE Adventure Resort. “The resort offers an authentic West Virginia experience for all-ages and levels of adventure-seekers, set against a truly spectacular natural landscape. Our passion for introducing folks to the world of whitewater rafting is where it all started, but 40 years later, ACE offers so much more.”

The season brings a variety of activities, special offers and events, with something for everyone including:


ACE Adventure Resort makes spring visits to The New River Gorge easy, offering an authentic experience with wide range of amenities including: 

  • Guided rafting and kayak trips for all levels, including Kids Raft Free, where one child age 6-11 can raft for no charge on the Upper New River Gorge excluding Saturdays, with lunch included
  • Newly expanded Waterpark on a five acre lake (opening May 1)
  • Rock climbing, ziplining, mountain biking, ATV tours, hiking, fishing and more
  • Two on-property dining experiences and a new Coffee Bar
  • Live music and evening entertainment 
  • A range of accommodations from private cabins to camping sites


In addition to year-round and seasonal adventures, this spring ACE will host some of the region’s most popular events. 

Celebrate a regional delicacy and the start of Spring in the mountains at the 3rd Annual Ramp It Up! Ramp Festival  on May 7 at The Lost Paddle Bar and Grill with Ramp Hunting 101, guest chef Jason Nerenberg from Hawk Knob Hard Cider, and live music from the Hillbilly Gypsies. 

May 13-15 is the second annual New River Gorge Festival featuring outdoor fun, adventure films, camping, exciting vendors and live music from The MFB,  Rumpke Mountain Boys,18 Strings and Abby Bryant & The Echoes.

The iconic Mountain Music Festival  celebrates its 8th year from June 2-4. Thirty bands will perform  on the mountaintop stage, taking over the resort with tasty food, creative vendors, mind blowing visual artists, fun workshops, incredible camping and more. 

A weekend of female power comes to the mountainside for the  Gritty Chix Mud Run on June 18, which was voted the #1 Mud Run/Adventure Race in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic in the 2020 Best of the Blue Ridge Readers’ Choice Awards. Participants can choose the 5K Tenacious Trail or the Moxie Mile with mud obstacles along the way and fun throughout. 

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