Have you ever wanted to brave class 5 rapids, hike to gorgeous sunset views, and experience the third tallest bridge in the United States all in one weekend? Well that’s just what the folks from the New River Gorge Fall Break Trip were able to accomplish. The participants of this Outdoor Pursuit Center trip took full advantage of their time in the area considered the Grand Canyon of the East.
While its name suggests youth, the New River is actually one of North America’s oldest rivers and its banks are home to ancient boulders. This is where participants tried their hand (and feet) at bouldering-rock climbing at low heights without harnesses or ropes. Later in the day, they experienced these rock formations in another way while on the water. They loaded rafts with some of the most entertaining raft guides they could find and powered their way down the rapids of the Lower New River. With the sun overhead and not a cloud in the sky, it was perfect weather for rafting and occasional swimming in the river. the next day allowed participants to experience the river from high above. They found multiple hikes around the rim of the gorge with picturesque overlooks and breath-taking views. The highlight of day two was the hike to Long Point to watch the sunset behind the trees just beyond the 876ft. tall New River Gorge Bridge.
After each day filled with adventures, each night concluded around a campfire with stories and laughter under the stars. Participants walked away from this trip with new skills, new and deepened friendships, and new memories of a beautiful land not so far away.
By Bridget Oliver