ACE Adventure Resort

A World of Adventure All In One Place

Website:  http://aceraft.com/

About ACE Adventure Resort

ACE Adventure Resort has been rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia. Encompassing 1,500 acres of lake and forest, it 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.

It is located in Minden, West Virginia, adjacent to the New River Gorge National River, affectionately known as the “Grand Canyon of the East.” The resort is nestled among rolling hills and acres of dense hardwood forests, with river rapids rated from I to V on two legendary rivers: the Gauley and the New. These two rivers feature over 100 miles of rapids within 30 minutes of the resort for guests to challenge and enjoy. This is a concentration of whitewater found nowhere else in the U.S.  ACE’s passion since 1980 has been to create vacations wrapped around the rivers and other outdoor adventures so that guests can experience “a world of adventure all in one place.”

History

ACE Adventure Resort was established in 1980 as American-Canadian Expeditions. One of the first companies licensed to guide commercial whitewater trips on the New River, ACE, as it has come to be known, grew naturally from its inception as a weekend hobby pursued by its founder, Ernie Kincaid, a New River native and one of the true whitewater pioneers.

In 1988, the corporation was joined by fellow adventurer Jerry Cook. Together they purchased a 1,500-acre tract of land that extends into the New River Gorge and across the highlands to its west. Part of the land, coined “Wonderland,” includes a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs, waterfalls and overlooks.

President Harry S. Truman once visited one of the cabins located here -- a hunting lodge that has since become one of the most popular of the 50-plus guest cabins and vacation rentals located on property.

Through the 1990s and 2000s, the resort has continued to expand and innovate, outpacing the growth of the U.S. whitewater rafting industry with every paddle stroke.

In 2008, ACE entered into its most significant period of growth. Among adding numerous lodging options, it established the first zip line canopy tour in West Virginia, expanding it to extend a mile along the rim of the gorge.

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater rafting is the activity that started it all and continues to be the most popular attraction at ACE Adventure Resort. Wetsuit rentals are available so guests can keep warm while rafting and an experienced guide accompanies guests on all whitewater trips.

Rafting excursions are conducted on both the New River and the Gauley River and there are a variety of options for trips. These range from half-day to two-days, summer or fall season, and mild to wild rapids. Guests may choose between an easy, family-friendly raft down the Upper New River or attempt a ride down the Gauley River with its Class IV to extremely challenge Class V whitewater with powerful wave action. 

New River: The New River, despite its name, is one of the five oldest rivers in the world. This 320-mile river is home to rapids that the resort describes as “mild” – ideal for guests new to the whitewater rafting experience and for families with small children. This American Heritage River features rapids ranging from Class I to Class IV. One of the East’s most popular trips is an all-day adventure down the New River geared towards families with children ages six and up that includes playful rapids, swimming, river games, and a hot-grilled lunch. The peak season for adventures on the New is from May-October. See: http://aceraft.com/collections/whitewater-rafting/New-River

Gauley River: Recognized as a National Recreation Area for its challenging rapids targeting thrill-seeking adventurers. This river is 105 miles long and its rapids range from Class II to Class V. The most notable of these are called the “Big Five” rapids, all Class V; Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring, and Sweet’s Falls – each one intimidating and powerful. Rafting on this river is categorized as “wilder” and “wildest.” A “wildest” day trip includes 12 miles of world-class sections of the rapids, a 14-foot waterfall and a hot-grilled lunch at Sweet’s Falls (ACE’s private lunch site). The minimum age for this adventure is 15. Peak season is from (summer) April to August and (fall) September through October.  See: http://aceraft.com/collections/whitewater-rafting/Gauley-River

Other ACE Adventure Resort Activities

  • Kayaking with difficulty ranging from easy to expert, including instructional clinics, private lessons, flat and whitewater kayaking.
  • Zip lining on ACE’s World Record Zip Line Course with nine zips and two sky bridges. The zip line holds a title from the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of people to zip along the cable in under an hour. ACE beat the previous 122-person record with 183. Adventurers can also ride the zip line at night with only headlamps to illuminate the shadows.
  • Rock climbing and rappelling off of the walls of the New River Gorge, 1,000 feet high at some points. Endless Wall, a seven-mile long rock wall of hard sandstone has hundreds of climbs for all abilities.
  • New River Bridge Cat Walk Tour While clipped into a safety cable, walk the 1.5 mile New River Bridge Catwalk (24 inches wide and 876 feet above the New River), the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Mountain biking – two-hours to a full day, single and double track through forests with a guide. Bring your own bike or rent one from ACE.
  • Fishing the New River from an oar-frame raft with an expert guide who knows all the sweet spots and honey holes. Catch smallmouth bass, catfish, bluegill, muskie, walleye, and carp.
  • Mud obstacle course  Designed as a team-building activity where teams of at least 5 each can compete against each other in two separate, side-by-side lines. Teamwork is the key to success as you battle your way through each obstacle. For groups of 10.
  • Disc golf on a PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) registered course will challenge both die-hard players and novices alike. The game course spans over 6,000 feet and features 21 holes. 
  • Horseback riding the West Virginia hills with a seasoned guide. Quarter, half and full day options.
  • Paintball Park  Walk-on or bring your own squad for a variety of half and full day packages complete rentals and obstacles to enhance the game.
  • Adventure Park and Lake  A five-acre water park with water slides, zip lines, inflatable toys and the famous “Blob” (a giant inflatable pillow on the water). The televisions show, “Wipeout”, was the inspiration for the water obstacle course here.
  • Stand up paddle boarding on one of ACE’s private beaches on the New River or at the lake. This sport helps to improve balance, works core muscles and improves posture.
  • Hiking on over 30 miles of forest trails that wander through ghost towns and through New River Gorge with vistas that look down at the river over 1,000 feet below.

Accommodations

ACE Adventure Resorts includes a variety of lodging choices ranging from campground sites for tents and RVs to luxury cabins that sleep from 4 to 14. See: http://aceraft.com/collections/lodging

  • Campgrounds offer sites appointed with a campfire, picnic table and ample space to pitch a personal or rented tent. All sites have access to public shower and restroom facilities.  RV sites have water, sewer and electric hook-ups and most are pull-through.
  • Bunkhouses are available for groups of eight to 12. The bunkhouses vary in size and style but usually include six bunk beds (12 beds total) with mattresses, electricity, a picnic table and a campfire area. Public bathrooms and showers are within walking distance.
  • Rustic Cabins are sleeping shelters (with mattresses) with often a tarp roof covering a simple structure with screen door and wooden deck. Each has its own campfire area and picnic table.
  • The Deluxe Log Cabins provide guests with satellite/cable television, full kitchen/kitchenette, hot tub, heat/AC and more. They range from one to five bedrooms with the most popular being the Truman Lodge where then President Harry S. Truman stayed on one of his historic hunting trips.

Dining

Guests can choose from several dining options during their stay: See: http://aceraft.com/collections/dining

  • The Breakfast Buffet is a daily breakfast complete with made-to-order eggs, pancakes, French toast, apple-smoked bacon, sausage, home-fried potatoes, pastries, fresh fruit and fresh coffee.
  • Woody’s Lakeside Patio Grill offers an a-la-carte menu of award winning wood-fired personal pizzas, beef and chicken kabobs, grilled and deli sandwiches, and an assortment of classic appetizers.
  • The Lakeside Dining Lodge features a dinner menu of locally raised Angus beef, pork, poultry and seafood straight from the coast. A chilled salad bar gives guests the choice of fresh veggies, greens, dressings, garnishes, cheeses, and various savory salads. Dessert consists of an ice cream bar and homemade sweets like fruit crisp, cobbler, pies and cakes.
  • The Lost Paddle Bar and Grill is a place to end the day’s adventures and kick back with a full bar for cocktails, beers on tap, delicious food and live music.

Special Services

  • Weddings in the Woods: Adventure weddings include group activities, recreational amenities, lodging for everyone to stay nearby, food and catering services, parking and shuttles, plus a wedding planner. ACE Adventure Resort offers couples their favorite adventure sports and breathtaking views overlooking the New River Gorge for their special day.
  • Kid’s Camp:  Parents can get away for the day while kids are introduced to the great outdoors. Activities such as outdoor discovery hikes, natural scavenger hunts, assorted craft projects, challenge games and Adventure Lake activities are led by trained facilitators and vary depending on the ages and interests of the campers. Everything is located within ACE's 1,500-acre resort.

Special Annual Events

Here’s a list of just a few of the annual events taking place at ACE Adventure Resort. Check the website for a full agenda. See: http://aceraft.com/pages/special-events

  • Mountain Music Festival: Held in the spring, invites concert-goers to listen to great music under the stars at the top of a mountain one night then tackle whitewater rapids, zip line, or just lounge on the beach with those same bands and artists the next day. The 2015 event featured such artists as Papadosio, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams, The Larry Keep Experience, Cabinet, Big Something, Shurb, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, and more.
  • Big Air Blob Competition: This competition consists of teams of two competing for the most outrageous blob of the day judged on form, height, or just sheer craziness. Fireworks will rocket into the sky to celebrate Independence Day. Guests staying at the resort on this day have free admission to this ACE-hosted event.
  • Gritty Chix Mud Run: The annual mud run is being held to support cancer patients. Guests will crawl under, over, and through some muddy obstacles and race to the finish line.
  • Highland Ordnance Paintball Tournament: It's Paintball Wars in the Mountains of West Virginia! Three- or five-man teams take part in a number of games including speedball elimination and capture the flag style games. Each game played will give your team the opportunity to score points. At the end of the day the two teams with the most points will square off in a final round to determine the overall winner. Cash awards for the top three teams plus other awesome prizes.
  • The Annual New River Gorgeous Trail Run: Participants choose from three race options depending on running experience. All courses wander through deep hardwood forests and offer views of the New River and the historic town of Thurmond.
  • Party in The Holler: Tackle America's best whitewater by day and party on the mountain all night. Help kick off the fall Gauley Season with a big bang. Some amazing bands on the Wonderland Mountain Stage are set for Saturday night.

Air Travel

There are three airports that offer major service to southern West Virginia and ACE Adventure Resort. The most popular is Yeager International Airport in Charleston, WV (CRW), 75 minutes away from the resort. Small planes can fly into Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley, WV about 45 minutes away. Greenbrier Valley Airport is 80 miles away in Lewisburg, WV, (LWB) and another option for travel as it has recently expanded its jet services to the area. All three airports have car rental services. ACE offers shuttle services to and from the airport if booked in advance.

Map and Driving Directions

Getting to ACE is easy - follow their detailed driving directions and don't listen to your GPS (it doesn't understand these parts and takes you places you don't want to go). See: http://aceraft.com/pages/driving-directions

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P.O Box1168
Oak Hill, WV 25901

Tel: (800) 787-3982
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Mountain Music Festival Invites Fans to Raft with the Bands – Join Members of Twiddle and Big Something On West Virginia’s Lower New River, Saturday, June 3, 2017

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV, April 18, 2017– Mountain Music Festival (June 1, 2, and 3, 2017), hosted by ACE Adventure Resort in Oak Hill, WV, has confirmed that they will be hosting a “once-in-a-lifetime” half-day whitewater rafting trip with fan favorites Twiddle and Big Something on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Historically one of the most sought after experiences during the Festival, whitewater rafting with the performing artists is an outdoor experience that is unique to this popular music venue.

The eight-mile long, half-day rafting trip features 20 Class II-IV+ roller-coaster rapids as it courses through wild backcountry marked by coal town history and breathtaking views. Participants need to meet basic rafting standards for height, weight and age: details can be found at: https://aceraft.com/collections/whitewater-rafting/products/lower-new-river-half-dayand a preview video of the experience can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/122394593.

The Epic Adventure Pass that includes this coveted rafting option can be purchased for $270 for the 2-Day Weekend Pass or $300 for the 3-day weekend pass.  Passes can be purchased at: http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html. The festival warns that folks who are interested should not wait to purchase these tickets as this popular raft trip will sell out quickly.

ABOUT MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

For people who like outdoor adventures and open-air music, a weekend has been created where folks can do both at the same time. Mountain Music Festival has evolved into one of the most anticipated weekends of the summer in West Virginia. The stage sits right in the middle of ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/), a 1,500-acre outdoor adventure property in the heart of the New River Gorge, WV. Festival attendees when not enjoying the music are always close to the Gorge’s best outdoor activities ranging from the East Coast’s best white water rafting, to rock climbing, world-class mountain biking, waterpark adventure and hiking. Guests are well fed at a choice of dining venues and enjoy nights spent in tents or comfortable cabins at ACE. Because of the simple ethos behind the festival, participants are surrounded by a community of like-minded outdoor adventures who don’t mind a little moonshine with their music, or the other way around.

2014 was the festival’s inaugural year. Things have been kicked up a notch over the last two years offering more music and added fun. This year features more bands than ever (25 to be exact). Tickets: $150-$300 depending on single day attendance or full weekend camping option selected.

The 2017 Mountain Music Festival artist lineup features the following bands on 4 stages: Umphrey’s Mcgee,The Revivalists, Twiddle, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe,Main Squeeze,Big Something,Spiritual Rez,The Mantras, Tyler Childers, The Southern Belles,The Commonheart, Yumyum Beast,The Kind Thieves,Fletcher’s Grove, Dr.Slothclaw,Groove Fetish,The M.F.B., Hillbilly Carnival,Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns,Beauty Mountain Grove Project,Short & Company, Ona, William Matheny,and Clinton Scott.

Mountain Music Festival Links:

Website: http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/

Tickets: http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mountainmusicfestwv/

ACE Adventure Resort: https://aceraft.com/

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Ace Adventure Resort in West Virginia Offers Free Cabin Overnights and Mountain Biking In Exchange for Trail Maintenance Sweat Equity

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Feb. 28, 2017– A little sweat has its just reward. Deep in the West Virginia hills, ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) is offering a free two-night stay in a mountain cabin plus use of a mountain bike to explore the wilderness for anyone willing to lend a hand on their spring trail maintenance.

Able-bodied guests taking up this invitation for the nights of April 21 & 22, 2017 are asked to roll up their sleeves and join others in a collaborative effort to prep the resort’s extensive trail system along the New River Gorge for the upcoming season.

But it’s not all work. There will be plenty of down time for play as participants who bring their own bikes or hop on a complimentary rental, check out the fruits of their labors. This is the season, too, for wildflowers, including, trillium, that flourish in the 1,500 wooded acres that surround the resort.

Trail Maintenance Weekend (https://aceraft.com/pages/trail-maintenance-weekend) workers are asked to arrive Friday night (4/21) and assist with trail cleanup from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday (4/22) and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (4/23). Mountain bikes will be available after 1 p.m. on Sunday.  A deli lunch is provided on Saturday. Resort dining venues will also be open that weekend. Guests are asked to bring outdoor clothing for two days that includes close-toe footwear, a poncho or rain jacket, clothing that can be layered, work gloves and safety goggles.

The furnished cabins are appointed with satellite TV, kitchenette and private hot tub. Space is limited so interested parties are urged to call 800.787.3982 soon to reserve a cabin. Full payment is required to hold a cabin for the weekend. The cabin rental fee minus a $25 cleaning charge will refunded upon completion of trail work Sunday afternoon.

This wilderness destination is already gearing up for an active 2017 season including this spring’s Wonderland Mountain Challenge (https://aceraft.com/pages/ace-adventure-series-wonderland-mountain-challenge) on May 27, ademanding half-marathon or 10K trail run through the mountains, following a distinctive course along the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. A burrito buffet awaits racers at the finish line where winners will receive cash prizes and medals. The entry fee is $40 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the10K Run, or $25 for the walking option. Camping Saturday night is free to racers and their entourage.

The 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival (http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/) will draw over 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Saturday night, and The Revivalists, Friday night, performing June 1, 2 and 3. Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds and tent sites are available. Convenient dining options may begin around guests’ campfires or at the variety of lodges, bars and grills found at ACE Adventure Resort. Ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway are offered. An advanced ticket deal for $200 per person includes a three-day festival pass and three night’s campground reservations, access to the festival pre-party, parking and a full-day ACE Wonderland Water Park pass for Saturday’s Beach Party. Tickets are available online at http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html.

Be sure to mark these dates on the calendar. See: https://aceraft.com/pages/special-events for a full list of special events for 2017. For more information and to make activity and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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 five-acre Wonderland Water Park plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

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Playground of West Virginia- ACE Adventure Resort, Rolls Out 2017 Calendar of Special Events

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Jan. 31, 2017 – ACE Adventure Resort, a 1,500-acre playground in the mountains of West Virginia, is chomping at the bit for spring so it can begin rolling out events on its 2017 calendar of fun (see: https://aceraft.com/pages/special-events.

First up is the Wonderland Mountain Challenge (https://aceraft.com/pages/ace-adventure-series-wonderland-mountain-challenge) on May 27, ademanding half-marathon or 10K trail run through the mountains, following a distinctive course along the New River Gorge past scenic rock outcrops, cascading streams and abandoned coal mines. A burrito buffet awaits racers at the finish line where winners will receive cash prizes and medals. The entry fee is $40 for the Half Marathon, $35 for the10K Run, or $25 for the walking option. Camping Saturday night is free to racers and their entourage.

The 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival (http://mountainmusicfestwv.com/ will draw over 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Saturday night, and The Revivalists, Friday night, performing June 1, 2 and 3. Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds and tent sites are available. Convenient dining options may begin around guests’ campfires or at the variety of lodges, bars and grills found at ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/).  Ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway are offered. An early bird special offers a $175 per person three-day festival pass and three night’s campground reservation, access to the festival pre-party, parking and a full-day ACE Wonderland Water Park pass for Saturday’s Beach Party. Tickets are available online at http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html.

A competition unique to ACE Adventure Resort is the July 1 Big Air Blob Competition (https://aceraft.com/pages/big-air-blob-competition) at the resort’s newly enhanced five-acre Wonderland Water Park. Teams of two compete for the most outrageous blob, or splash of the day. Judges score up to 10 points per blob based on form, height or just sheer craziness. Entry to the competition is free to those lodging at ACE for the July 4 holiday. The televisions show, “Wipeout”, was the inspiration for the water obstacle course at ACE’s Wonderland Water Park.

During the Aug. 5 Gritty Chix Mud Run (https://aceraft.com/pages/gritty-chix-mud-run) rowdy ladies have fun and test their limits in the time and space they're comfortable with while gettin' as Gritty as they wanna be on an untimed Tenacious Trail (5k) or Moxie Mile (1mi) run and mud obstacle course designed for excitement, fun and laughter. They walk, sprint, skip, jog and dance down trails with walls, tubes and mud pits with names like Commando Crawl, Over-Under Logs, Slickey Slide and more. The registration fee (to be announced) includes a free campsite Saturday night, mud, fun showers and evening entertainment at Lost Paddle Lounge. Prizes will go to the biggest team, the most creative team name and the best team costumes.

It’s summer and the livin’ is easy on Aug. 19 for the New River Gorgeous Trail Run (https://aceraft.com/pages/new-river-gorgeous-trail-run) that includes a Half Marathon Run at $40, an 8.5-mile Run at $35 and a 5.0-mile Walk at $25.  Cash prizes are awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners for men and women in both the half-marathon and 8.5-mile races; all finishers receive medals and everyone’s invited to a burrito luncheon. Saturday night camping is free to entrants.

Suddenly it’s Halloween and time for the Oct. 28 5k Zombie Run – the “Trail Run for Your Life.” Upon check-in (registration and fees to be announced), runners receive a flag belt with three flags representing limbs, life and brains. Zombies want to take these flags. The objective is to finish the run with as many flags intact as possible. If any one member of a team finishes with at least one flag, the entire team survives. Zombies have been locked up since last year and they're hungry. The registration fee (to be announced) includes a free Zombie Run T-Shirt (for registration before Oct.1), prizes for fastest times and Zombie with most flags, parking, shower house/changing room, finisher medals and 50 percent off on cabin rates.

That annual favorite, Nightmare in the Gorge (https://aceraft.com/products/nightmare-in-the-gorge) returns this year in time for Halloween (dates and registration details to be announced).Every year folks wonder how it can become scarier than ever before to tromp through these woods and 2017 will be no exception. Brave-hearted souls will explore the trails and buildings of an abandoned resort in the woods where campers and hikers have seen things in the past that chilled their bones. Survivors celebrate after at Lost Paddle Lounge and Woody's Patio Grill. Costumes are encouraged.

Be sure to mark these dates on the calendar. For more information and to make activity and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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 five-acre Wonderland Water Park plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing and zip lining, waterfalls and overlooks.

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Sara Widness / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Ph: 802-234-6704

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Umphrey’s McGee and The Revivalists Headline 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival June 1-3, 2017, At Ace Adventure Resort in West Virginia

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Jan 10, 2017– West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) announces that over 25 bands, including headliners Umphrey’s McGee, Saturday night, and The Revivalists, Friday night, will perform June 1, 2 and 3 at the 4th Annual Mountain Music Festival in the New River Gorge.

People can lock in early bird savings by purchasing festival tickets before Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14) 2017 online at mountainmusicfestwv.com. New in 2017 ACE is offering a payment plan where festival goers can lock in these savings for only $25.  Subsequent payments on these personal payment plans can be made online before the festival begins.

This 1,500-acre mountain playground may well be the only place in the world where outdoor adventure, including whitewater rafting, joins forces with a world-class, high-power music festival that features 25 bands, up from 15 last year.

“Our annual celebration marries adventure and music that spans three nights and is spread over four stages. Music includes Americana, folk, funk, festival jam bands, rock & roll and bluesy soul stuff,” says Chris Colin, impresario. Year-round he is ACE Adventure Resort’s Special Events Coordinator. “We give all of our guests the experience that only VIPS get at other festivals. Our camping facilities for music lovers far exceed those at any other venue. All camping spaces allow room for the guest’s vehicle at no extra charge. And guests can shower for free.”

Saturday night’s headliner, Umphrey’s McGee, has toured for 18 years, doing over 100 concerts annually.  With nine studio albums under their belt, this jam band woos crowds with its mash ups. Getting things going for the evening will be the five-piece jam machine out of Greensboro, North Carolina, The Mantras. “And of course it just wouldn’t feel like Mountain Music Fest if we didn’t include Big Something so they will be taking to the stage after dark on Saturday night too!,” adds Colin.

Friday night’s headliner is New Orleans-based The Revivalists, a roots-driven rock band that’s strong in vocals and with a pedal steel guitar that Colin said “sounds sexy as hell on all of their stuff.” Its album Men Amongst Mountainshas been highly acclaimed. Also on stage this night is “the finest songwriter to emerge from the Bluegrass State in recent memory, Tyler Childers,” adds Colin. Adding to the mix Friday night will be jazz funk powerhouse Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe.

The festival kicks off Thursday, June 1, with a pre-party at The Lost Paddle Lounge, the resort’s bar and restaurant that sports a 1500-square-foot deck. This year Pittsburgh rock and soul band The Commonheart introduce their rock riffs, gritty vocals and a screaming organ. But wait there’s more! Spiritual Rez will be pumping their reggae mix into the mountain air late into the night.

There’s more splash too at Saturday’s The Beach Party with games, obstacles and activities to entertain all ages for at least six music- and food-filled hours. See: http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/activities.html#beachparty. The fun takes place on ACE’s Wonderland Water Park, a five-acre water park with slides, zip lines, inflatable toys and the famous “Blob” (a giant inflatable pillow on the water). Music from the Greenbrier Valley Brewing Lake Stage will be flowing across the water all afternoon.

Over 25 vendors will display clothing, food, art and more. Fifteen visual artists will trade secrets of their techniques throughout a weekend of painting and art workshops. For more information on other workshops please see http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/activities.html#workshops

Kick It with the Artists brings fans up close and personal with their favorite musicians on river rafts, or zip lining, mountain biking, world-class rock climbing, horseback riding, standup paddle boarding and more. See: http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/activities.html#kickit

“You choose the adventure; we provide the soundtrack. We’re the only music festival in the world where attendees can pair music with outdoor adventure by whitewater rafting with veteran guides who recommend different sections of the river for every level of expertise and interest,” says Colin. The Lower New River is the most popular river ACE rafts in the summertime featuring big waves and beautiful scenery. ACE Adventure rafts various sections of river and has trips mild to wild including trips for children as young as six. For more information see: http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/activities.html#adventure

Fans have a good chance of connecting with the stars they see on the resort’s sophisticated, all-weather stage. Festival-goers who come for the weekend can opt to rent cabin accommodations or camp at the “we’ve thought of everything – including nice bathrooms and showers” campground, all located on premise Colin says. See: http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/lodging.html

Dozens of cabin rentals, bunkhouse beds and tent sites are available. Convenient dining options may begin around guests’ campfires or at the variety of restaurants, bars and grills found at ACE Adventure Resort.  Available are ticket packages for every length of weekend getaway. An early bird special offers a $175 per person three-day festival pass and three night’s campground reservation, access to the festival pre-party, parking and a full-day ACE Wonderland Water Park pass for Saturday’s Beach Party.

Tickets are available online at http://www.mountainmusicfestwv.com/tickets.html, or for more information and lodging reservations please call ACE Adventure Resort at 800-787-3982.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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 five-acre Wonderland Water Park plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

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West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort Drops Cabin Rental Rates 50 Percent Now Thru April 2017 for Mountain Bikers, Hikers

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Oct. 26, 2016 -- Think healthy exercise and fresh mountain air from the vantage point of a foot path or the saddle of a mountain bike or horse. Then, come dusk, snuggle into the arms and glow of a classic log cabin.

While the world grows quiet for a few months in West Virginia’s winter mountains, the folks at ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) keep up the pace to provide active, restful, year-round getaways with Mother Nature. Plus they add an incentive to come and stay for a few nights at half the usual cost.

From now through April 30, 2017, the resort drops its nightly accommodation rates 50 percent. This can mean, for example, that a large family or group of friends can enjoy, among an extensive inventory, lodging in the 1,200-square-foot Black Bear Log Home for as little as $250 a night for a group of up to six people (add $10/night per person for additional people up to ten). Three bedrooms with queen beds, two full baths, a fully equipped kitchen, sleeper sofa and cots, hot tub, campfire area, picnic table and charcoal grill come with this deal. Bunk houses and smaller cabins are also available, all at a 50 percent discount.

“Staying at ACE means you can hike or bike right from your front door into miles of beautiful scenery and have a hot tub to return to at night, a kitchen to cook in with your friends and family, and enough space and coziness to unplug and relax,” underscores Heidi Prior, Marketing Director.

For hikers and mountain bikers the resort offers over 25 miles of wilderness trails on property, including a variety of single- and double-track and gravel roads to challenge all skill levels. The trails provide easy access to Concho Overlook, one of the most beautiful views in the New River Gorge. The resort sits a short 20-minute drive away from the Arrowhead trails, the New River Gorge's premier single-track trail system.

For those interested in mountain bike touring with a guide, two half-day trips and a full-day outing that are beginner friendly help visitors delve deeper into the region:

  • The Scenic New River ride brings guests to the bottom of the gorge and follows an old "rails to trails" path along the New River. The tour includes a ride to the historic town of Thurmond, then follows the river downstream, exploring the natural beauty and coal mining history, for a total of eight miles of riding.
  • The Single-Track Attack trip heads over to the popular Arrowhead Trail system, a true mountain bike paradise for all skill levels. This trip focuses on skill building and gaining rider confidence. With 13 miles of bike-specific trails to choose from, how far and hard the excursion goes is up to the participants.
  • Tour de Gorge is a full day ride that includes lunch by the river. Starting at the top of the Gorge, this challenging 18+ mile ride is the real deal providing scenic views, long descents, lots of pedaling and some history along the way.

In addition to mountain biking and horseback riding, daytime activities from now through spring include hiking, playing disc golf and participating in such guided activities as a half-day New River Bridge Catwalk Tour. This is the longest single-arch bridge in the western hemisphere. The walk replete with panoramic views goes on for 1.5 miles on a 24” catwalk (with railings) while clipped into a safety cable. This up to three-hour adventure is open to ages over 10. The per person rate is $69.

Then, in April, the singular activity that has made ACE Mountain Resort a household name among rafting aficionados resumes for the season.  River rafters can obtain early season 2017 discounts with these two packages: Whitewater Rafting Package and Half-day Whitewater Rafting Deal.

For more information on late autumn and winter into spring accommodations please see https://aceraft.com/collections/lodging/products/winter-special-lodging

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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.

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Story of Mad Butcher and Severed Heads Reenacted over Two Halloween Weekends At West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Oct. 5, 2016 – How much fear fun can you handle when forests become primeval, distressed ghouls linger in the thickets and overall, for four late October nights, the hair on the back of everyone’s neck will rise?

Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Trail is the grand finale of a fun-laden season at ACE Adventure Resort on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills. Here Nightmarein the Gorge Haunted Hike takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 21 and 22 and again on Oct. 28 and 29, 2016. To participate, the per person rate is $13 for adults and $10 for youth. Visitors can combine the walk with a Night Sky Zip Line Tour and the rate is $99 for adults, $89 for youth. Add a 5K Zombie Run on Oct. 22 only at $129 for adults and $119 for youth.

And over these two weekends the resort’s cabins can be rented for half price.

The resort comes by its haunting naturally, locals say. There’s an old story from 1960s about a mad butcher and a number of murders that occurred in the area. The mad butcher, never convicted, has been in and out of mental institutions, while rumors of dismembered heads stayed put. The murders were never solved.

ACE Adventure Resort’s (https://aceraft.com/) designer of fear is Chris Colin, who also stages the resort’s annual music festival. He explained that this year the haunted trail plays off the mad butcher story with a butcher shop with a hillbilly kitchen, a maze through a hillbilly workshop garage, a haunted house – or two – and the introduction of new fear-inspiring characters to the scene.

“We had 1,500 people over four days last year,” Colin said. “We expect to double that number this year.”

The nighttime zip line, a year-round staple, is enhanced by spooky qualities in deference to the season. West Virginia’s New River Gorge becomes a blur as shadows lengthen and people begin to soar like bats through the treetops and moving shadows. Senses leap into overdrive over seven zips and a sky bridge that keeps participants enthralled for over two hours. Adventurers must be 13 years or older and weigh at least 100 pounds (but not over 200).

The 5KM Zombie Run on the first weekend works like flag football. The runners, laden with flags, have to keep their flags away from the aggressive zombies. If they lose their flags, they become zombies too.

Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge can keep colors longer than usual along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. ACE’s popular New River Bridge Catwalk Tour that takes adventurers under the longest single arch bridge in the western hemisphere spans 1.5 miles on a 24-inch wide catwalk (with railings). The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort the #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip lining, mountain biking, 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. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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.

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ACE Adventure Resort Plans Activities around Bridge Day That Brings Daredevils to New River Gorge

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Sept. 26, 2016 -- A rite of autumn unique toWest Virginia is Bridge Day. This annual celebration, this year on Oct. 15, 2016, brings daredevils and spectators alike to the New River Bridge, the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. 

Held annually on the third Saturday in October in Fayette County, this is the site of one of the biggest extreme sports events in the world. Hundreds of B.A.S.E. jumpers and nearly 80,000 spectators are anticipated. 

Here, neighboring ACE Adventure Resort (http://aceraft.com/) will encourage its guests to witness the fun as B.A.S.E. jumpers, some in tandem, leap 800+ feet off the bridge into the New River Gorge below, counting on their fast-opening parachutes to function properly. Others will rappel, high line, skydive or simply contemplate what it takes for daredevils to move risk into reality. Live music, crafts and a chili cook-off add their own spice to the festivities. 

Back at the resort, zip lining will get some ACE guests up close and personal with autumn, while others choose to river raft or maybe just to hike. 

West Virginia is the Mountain State. The Appalachians are the oldest mountains in the world. At birth they were higher than the Himalayas. Like well-aged teeth they have worn down over time, but what they lack in height they make up for in purpose. They support one of the most ecologically diverse forests on earth. Bridge Day coincides with peak fall color time for the hardwood forests surrounding the bridge and gorge which adds an element of splendor to this event.

At ACE Adventure Resort it is still prime rafting season on the Gauley and New Rivers. The resort’s Bridge Day Fall Gauley Package Oct. 15-16 includes Bridge Day festivities, breakfast, lunch and dinner and a full day of river rafting either the Upper or Lower Gauley River. The per person rate is $139.  Bridge Day Lower New River Package includes a full day of rafting on the Lower New River and Saturday night dinner. The per person rate is $99. Bridge Day Twin Rivers Package is a full day of rafting on the Lower New River on Saturday and a full day of rafting on the Upper or Lower Gauley on Sunday, with two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner. The per person rate is $259.

Guests can also engage themselves Zip lining on ACE’s World Record Zip Line Course that follows the New River Gorge for more than a mile, providing unrivaled views of the river 800 feet below. The network is comprised of nine zip lines, with two sky bridges and a 55-foot viewing tower with multiple decks. The only zip line network on the New River Gorge, it features side-by-side lines so friends can race or ride at the same time. The zip line holds a 2012 title from the Guinness Book of World Records for the most number of people to zip along the cable in under an hour. Adventurers can also ride the zip line at night with only headlamps to illuminate the shadows.  New River Bridge Cat Walk Tour takes guests clipped into a safety cable on a walk over the 1.5 mile New River Bridge Catwalk (24 inches wide and 876 feet above the New River).

Activities stay lively here amidst the falling leaves. World-class rafting on The Gauley, one of the wildest late-flowing rafting rivers in the country, is guaranteed here through Oct. 16. There are also year-round rafting expeditions on New River Gorge National River.

West Virginia's colorful palette on a landscape that is 80 percent forested comes with uncrowded scenic drives and crisp fall days. In fact, this southern state probably has more varieties of colorful hardwoods than does New England. Fall colors at ACE Adventure Resort peak mid to late October depending on the weather. However, the protected depths of the New River Gorge hold colors longer along the river bottom. Prime foliage viewing is best from secluded overlooks which include the Endless Wall Trail, named the best national park hike in the United States by the readers of USA Today. The fall colors can be truly spectacular with the right timing (this can be coupled with a raft trip).

Most of the activities that have made ACE Adventure Resort the #1 Outfitter in West Virginia continue through fall as well: zip lining, mountain biking, 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. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass. Conditions for rock climbing and mountain biking are usually optimal this time of year.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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.

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It’s Time to Run the Gauley - ACE Adventure Resort Features Value Packages, Ongoing Steals and Deals Over the Sept. 9-Oct. 16 Rafting Season

New River Gorge, WV, Sept. 14, 2016 – Over six long weekends from Sept. 9 to Oct. 16, 2016, ACE Adventure Resort will be updating its steals and deals weekly – check online at http://followace.com/ -- as it celebrates an epic whitewater river – The Gauley – during its annual peak season.

“We plan our trips to coincide with scheduled Friday to Monday dam releases so we recommend that rafters check often for packages and rotating specials and deals deeper than our love for big whitewater,” advises Heidi Prior, Marketing Director for this 1,500-acre year-round playground in West Virginia’s southern hills.

With discounts that Prior says may plunge 50 percent, the resort’s goal is several fold: to extend summer fun as long as possible; to mark the annual return of world-class rafting on one of the wildest late-flowing rafting rivers in the country; and to offer extraordinary value to outdoor adventure before folks hunker down for winter.

Steals and deals will apply randomly to a variety of programs offered.  Here’s a sampling of four value-driven packages that include meals, transportation to and from the river and river and camp gear, guide and rafts:

Gauley Upper: Basic Upper Gauley Package – Full Day is a 12-mile rafting trip on Class III-V whitewater, inclusive of a 14-foot waterfall. Per person rate is from $129. https://aceraft.com/collections/adventure-packages/products/fall-upper-gauley-package-all-day

Basic Lower Gauley Package – Full Day is ideal for first-time rafters who will experiencewhitewater rafting that owns the sweet spot between plain ol' big and flat-out difficult. There are plenty of Class III-V rapids.  The per person rates are from $129. https://aceraft.com/collections/adventure-packages/products/fall-lower-gauley-rafting-package-all-day

Fall Gauley Camp Package offers the option for a day on the Upper or Lower Gauley plus aWonderland Waterpark day pass (good thru Sept. 25) on a five-acre, spring-fed lake, two nights of camping and three meals.  The per person rate is from $139. https://aceraft.com/collections/adventure-packages/products/fall-gauley-camping-package

Bridge Day Fall Gauley Package offered as the finale of Gauley Season Oct. 15 and 16 includes a full day on the Upper or Lower Gauley, Bridge Day festivities, and three meals. The per person rate is $139.The once-a-year celebration of autumn called Bridge Day focuses on the New River Bridge, the longest single arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere. On Bridge Day, Oct. 15, 2016, daredevils high line, rappel and base jump with fast-opening parachutes from New River Gorge Bridge, 876 feet over the New River, one of Earth’s oldest river gorges. It also happens to be peak fall color time for the hardwood forests surrounding the bridge and gorge which adds an element of splendor to this event. See: https://aceraft.com/collections/adventure-packages/products/bridge-day-fall-gauley-package

About Gauley River: The Gauley that runs through the heart of West Virginia’s mountains is considered one of the most exciting stretches of commercially runnable whitewater in the world. To whitewater enthusiasts, it’s a “must do!” The catch is, one can only raft its most challenging whitewater in the fall.  From the Friday after Labor Day until mid-October, the Army Corps of Engineers on weekends releases water from the Summersville Dam at a rate of 2,800 cubic feet per second. As it rushes downriver, the flow creates huge waves, runnable waterfalls, eddies and holes that provide all the thrills a rafter could wish for.

Administered by the National Park System, this river has been designated a National Recreation Area for its beauty and challenging rapids targeting thrill-seeking adventurers worldwide. The river is 105 miles long and its rapids range from Class II to Class V+. The most notable of these are called the “Big Five” rapids, all Class V:  Insignificant, Pillow Rock, Lost Paddle, Iron Ring and Sweet’s Falls – each one intimidating and powerful. Peak season is from (summer) April to August and (fall) September through October. The ultimate season is the fall, although the Gauley does run all summer long usually at lower flows.

Rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia, ACE Adventure Resort offers whitewater rafting along with a variety of supported adventures such as zip lining, mountain biking, 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.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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, cabin accommodations, 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.

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Yonder Mountain String Band Headlines Sept. 3 Party in the Holler At Ace Mountain Resort in West Virginia

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, Aug. 4, 2016 – The best part of summer is yetto come on 1,500 acres in West Virginia’s southern hills. ACE Adventure Resort http://acecraft.com/ is gearing up for its annual Labor Day Weekend sizzler, Party in the Holler, bringing Yonder Mountain String Band (YMSB), a national touring band, on Sept. 3 to its all-weather, open-air stage atop Wonderland Mountain.

“This is going to be one of the best summer nights of 2016,” promised Chris Colin, Special Events Coordinator, who said he is “thrilled to bring a band of this caliber to ACE Adventure Resort and New River Gorge. It really says a lot about what we’re doing with music here at the Gorge and with our venue.” YMSB is an American progressive bluegrass group from Nederland, CO, with five studio albums under its belt.

He’s hoping for a foot-stomping crowd of 1,500 or so to begin hunkering down around 6 p.m. when warm-up bands hit the stage. These are Larry Keel Experience, known to summer festival audiences and making a third appearance here; the up-and-coming Town Mountain out of Asheville with bluegrass Americana; and a return visit by Josh Daniel-Mark Schimick Project, a fiery string band.

No stranger to booking high profile musicians, Colin also arranges the lineup for the resort’s annual Mountain Music Festival in June.

“We start looking at shows nine months ahead and already we’re booking for June 2017,” he said. “Every year we book bigger and better known acts. As we continue to grow in scope and popularity, music has become one of the cornerstones of ACE.”

Advance tickets for the event are $50 ($60 the day of the show). They can be purchased online at: https://aceraft.com/products/party-in-the-holler-concert

However, the point of Party in the Holler is for folks to come make an active escape of the last genuine weekend of the summer and to take part in many of the adventures offered at ACE. As Colin puts it, “You choose the adventure and we will provide the soundtrack.”

To get the most bang for buck at ACE Adventure Resort guests may want to camp for one night and see the show at $60 per person (advanced booking), or camp for two nights, splash for half a day in the spring-fed, 5-acre lake, Wonderland Waterpark, partake of an adventure such as standup paddle boarding or rock climbing and see the show at a package price of $180 per person (advanced booking). Rafting packages are also available.

This resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventure, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities. There are 35 miles of hiking and biking trails plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town, spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

For reservations please call 800-787-3982 or go online: https://aceraft.com/products/party-in-the-holler-concert

Rated the #1 Adventure Outfitter in West Virginia, ACE Adventure Resort offers whitewater rafting on the New and Gauley Rivers along with a variety of supported adventures such as zip lining, mountain biking, 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. Fishing is also a popular fall activity.

For more information and to make concert, activity and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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.

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Follow ACE Adventure Resort on Social Media:

Facebook:     ACE Adventure Resort

Twitter:           @ACEadventures

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Instagram:     https://instagram.com/aceadventureresort/

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Best Summer Rafting in the East - West Virginia’s ACE Adventure Resort Offers a Deal on Day-Long New River Packages

NEW RIVER GORGE, WV, July 20, 2016 – Summer is all about the splash.

That’s why ACE Adventure Resort (https://aceraft.com/) has come up with the splashiest deal to ever hit the West Virginia hills. This is a $99 per person Summer Lower (adventurous) or Upper (gentle) New River rafting adventure which includes a half-day pass to the newly enhanced Wonderland Waterpark plus three meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. This exclusive offer is for any day of the week except Saturday.

ACE Adventure Resort is counting on a pent-up demand for inexpensive and fun getaways in a natural – rather than a theme park -- setting. This program also offers a value-laden way to visit and support West Virginia now and by doing so help the folks still mopping up after the disastrous June floods.

A gentle rafting experience on the upper portion of the New River suits families with children ages 6 and up who delight in a day-long mix of playful rapids, swimming, river games and a hot lunch.

But for die-hards who love getting wet as part of the fun, the lower section of the New River offers large-volume water with big waves and 20 Class II to IV rapids, impressive by any standards. This is a full, adrenalin-charged day interspersed with calm pools for lounging and swimming over a 10.5-mile run. Just call ACE at (800) 787-3982 and mention Promo Code ‘SWEET16’ to receive this exclusive offer for either section of the river.

And because the folks in West Virginia want to hold onto the thrills of summer as long as they can, a Fall Upper or Lower Gauley River Package at $129 per person includes a full day of rafting on either the upper or the lower Gauley River, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 105-mile Gauley River has been designated a National Recreation Area for its beauty and challenging rapids targeting thrill-seeking adventurers worldwide. Rapids range from Class II to Class V+. The Gauley is considered one of the most exciting stretches of commercially runnable whitewater in the world. A day trip includes 12 miles of world-class sections of the rapids, a 14-foot waterfall and a hot lunch at Sweet’s Falls (ACE’s private lunch site). The minimum age for this adventure is 12 to 15 (dependent on raft size).

While rafters enjoy Gauley whitewater year-round, the biggest kicks come in the fall. On weekends after Labor Day until mid-October, the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the Summersville Dam at a rate of 2,800 cubic feet per second. As it rushes downriver, the flow creates huge waves, runnable waterfalls, eddies and holes that provide all the thrills a rafter could wish for. To book this exclusive deal, call ACE at (800) 787-3982 and mention Promo Code ‘SWEET16’.

In addition to being the East Coast’s premier escape for world-class whitewater rafting, the resort offers zip lining, mountain biking, disc golf, stand up paddle boarding and rock climbing and more. 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. Guests may also enjoy world class fishing on the New River for small mouth bass.

The resort recently underwent a nearly $1 million infrastructure upgrade with enhanced guest amenities including lavishing attention its five-acre Wonderland Waterpark. Installations include two brand-new 200-foot, industrial-strength waterslides, 40 new inflatable lake toys, an expanded beach area, a new retail store, snack shack and arcade, plus the addition of seven new bathrooms and eight changing rooms.

In addition to being the region’s largest private campground for tents and RVs, the resort hosts overnight guests in more than 53 cabins and lodges that sleep from four to 14. Nearly all of the deluxecabins now have new beds, comforters, window dressings, lamps and furniture. Seven one-room Cozy Cabins have been renovated to offer two bedrooms. Full bathrooms have been added to 10 Cedar Cabins. Four other cabins that formerly utilized ladders to access sleeping lofts now have staircases.

These programs aren’t available Saturdays or on Labor Day. These one-off rates apply to new reservations only land cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

For more information and to make trip and lodging reservations, please telephone (800) 787-3982 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the website at www.aceraft.com.

NOTE REGARDING WEST VIRGINIA FLOOD RELIEF:

From June 23 into June 24, sudden severe flash flooding occurred throughout much of West Virginia. Over 10 inches of rain fell within a short timespan devastating more than 1,000 homes and claiming a number of lives, particularly in Greenbrier County, which was hit hardest. Fortunately, the region around ACE Adventure Resort was mostly spared. True to form, ACE and its neighbors were actively involved in flood rescue and relief. Here are some ways others can assist in the recovery efforts:

- Donate money through https://www.gofundme.com/WestVirginiaFloods

- Purchase needed items on Amazon that go direct to a shelter in Rainelle, WV: http://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/1OG7YZ0BALWJ9.

- Volunteer time and assistance by calling Volunteer WV at 304-558-0111.

- Support WV Tourism and local economies by coming to visit West Virginia now.

About ACE Adventure Resort

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 and waterpark plus a series of ponds, a mining-era ghost town and spectacular cliffs for rock climbing, waterfalls and overlooks.

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