Located in the midst of a gated 4,100 acre property in the Appalachian Mountains, Glade Springs offers 3 top-rated championship 18-hole golf courses, facilities for boating, fishing, caving, hiking, rock climbing and whitewater rafting. Nature abounds in all its beauty.
Rivermen's New River rafting trips guide amateurs and avid aquanauts alike through some of the most scenic whitewater rapids of New River Gorge National River. Reverential rafters can drink up hearty eyefuls of the gorge and its abundant wildlife, weathered bluffs, and recognizable bridge, as seen on the West Virginia state Pog and quarter. The upper river excursion (4–6 hours, $124) traverses canyons on relatively mild waters punctuated by a few easy rapids. Easily navigable by inflatable duckie (a kayak-like vessel that holds 1–2 people), the upper trip makes an enjoyable introduction to whitewater for families, beginner to intermediate rafters, and adolescent Loch Ness monsters. The lower route (4–6 hours, $134) quickens the pulse with more than 25 rapids, as well as tranquil pools and the requisite breathtaking scenery. Both tours will stop to provide lunch.
Bordered by the Blue Ridge Mountains, the historical town of Amherst rests in the midst of central Virginia's wine country. More than 50 wineries and vineyards dot central Virginia's foothills, and more than a dozen reside near Fairview Bed & Breakfast alone, drawing connoisseurs and lonely wheels of cheese to visit the area year-round. Central Virginia also sports a diverse terrain; one can ride on horseback, hike along the storied Appalachian Trail, or take a scenic drive northward into the mountains to see the cascading waters of Crabtree Falls. Amherst itself exudes a countryside charm; apple orchards and antique shops pop up throughout the area.
This Groupon is valid for the 2012 Gauley season; however, certain dates and holiday weekends do not apply. An extra $3 guided-activity fee is not included in this Groupon. Campers should bring their own tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment to the campsites, but rental equipment is available for an extra fee.
A bearded and scruffy Shawn Hash launched his outfitting business 20 years ago with a spartan collection of four bicycles, two canoes, and a pickup truck. Tangent Outfitters now oversees a small flotilla of aquatic craft as it leads guests to all the outdoor adventures the New River and its surrounding valley have to offer. Tubing trips afford a leisurely 1- to 2-mile jaunt down the river, with plenty of pit stops at sunny beaches, swimming holes, or riverside nail salons. Instructors bring a slice of Hawaiian watersports to Virginia with standup paddleboard lessons or teach guests to snag unsuspecting smallmouths with guided fishing trips. The surrounding mountainous trails invite bikers to speed through their dirt-stained paths, and the riverbeds host seven different types of kayak and canoe day trips. Adventurers can stock up on excursion rations at Tangent's onsite deli.
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