Adam Stephens and Justine Jenkins with Marathon Bicycles hit the track at the Arrowhead Trails, a 13-mile network of mountain biking paths along the edge of the gorge. Above, the Kaymoor Trail passes a historic coal mine site that once warned workers to take precaution.
Running north from Ashe County in WNC to meet with the Class V Gauley in West Virginia, the New River is among the world’s oldest waterways. Its Class III to V rapids in the New River Gorge offer white-water thrills. Ace Raft is among the many operators that will take you down the river.
Founded in 1873, Fayetteville is named for George Washington’s Revolutionary War advisor Marquis de Lafayette, whose statue stands on the courthouse lawn.
After a day of exploring, fill up on screamin’ sandwiches, such as the Truman, made with turkey, peach jam, and blue cheese, from The Secret Sandwich Society, or a creative specialty pizza from Pies & Pints.
A rustic cabin at Adventures on the Gorge
TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park
The New River Gorge contains more than 3,000 established climbing routes. Among them is an area on Beauty Mountain called The Brain, where Jeff Hearns from New River Mountain Guides instructs Kerry Meyer