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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 group raft or inflatable duck (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.

1 Ames Heights Road
Lansing,
WV
US

Named for a pair of islands visible from the shoreline, Twin Island Park provides spacious, shaded campsites on the waterfront of the Ohio River. Each lot maintains some comforts of home, such as water, electricity, and public restrooms, and surrounds guests with the inimitable pleasures of the outdoors. Campers may build fires at night to ward off wild marshmallows, and free access to the launch ramp and boat docks allows for afternoons of tubing and boating or trips to the islands’ sandy beaches. Beyond the campground, a variety of local restaurants offer a break from cans of beans and dutch-oven Lobster Thermidor, and points of interest range from golf courses to sites along the Underground Railroad.

9946 U.S. 52
Manchester,
OH
US

The Big Zipper's three ziplines stretch over ravines, valleys, and treetops, and together measure more than 2,300 feet. On tours, visitors glide along the zipline cables while strapped into secure full-body harnesses, enjoying a bird's-eye view of the rugged scenery below.

8157 Stonelick Rd
Maysville,
KY
US

Since 1972, River Expeditions’ seasoned river guides have organized whitewater-rafting trips down the New River and the Gauley River in southern West Virginia’s scenic Appalachian Mountains. There’s a stretch of water for all ages and skill levels, from those looking for a scenic float to paddlers craving a soaked-to-the-bone thrill ride. In addition to day trips, River Expeditions also offers overnight excursions, which typically include camping on the riverbank, cooking out beneath the stars, and paying off local owls to guard the food at night.

River Expeditions can also arrange horseback riding, ziplining, mountain biking, fishing, and ATV tours.

900 Broadway Ave
Oak Hill,
WV
US

Today’s side deal offers cottage fever as an antidote for cabin fever. Escape to the pastoral paradise of The Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls, flanked by the natural bounty of Hocking Hills State Park. For $190, this Groupon gets you a night’s stay in one of the Inn’s cozy cottages ($179–$249 value), where unwinding is the only action item. Turn up the romance dial with that special somebody or something as you enjoy a $25 gift certificate towards any spa service, goodies including chocolates and other tasty treats ($45 value), and a complimentary full country breakfast, a combined value of $319. The warm, freshly baked cookies that greet you upon arrival are a delicious signifier of the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls' dedication to hospitality and personalized customer care.

21190 State Route 374
Logan,
OH
US

Nature lovers feed their scaly critter fascinations with the Kentucky Reptile Zoo's collection of more than 80 types of snakes, turtles, and other cold-blooded creatures. Various vipers, cobras, rattlesnakes, and an 18-foot reticulated python entrance snake-charmed visitors. Kids get a kick out of shell dwellers in the Turtle Tracks area, a habitat for both tortoises and aquatic turtles.

200 L&E Railroad Place
Slade,
KY
US