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A World of Adventures
in One Place

By Stanton Steward

Vacations are one of our most valuable resources. They are an essential part of our lives and enable us to reduce stress, create better health patterns and recharge our batteries. We invest time, energy and a lot of expectations in them. Yet in our technological society, people now have less and less time these days to plan and enjoy their shrinking time off.

West Virginia has your vacation solution and is being quickly discovered as one of the most diverse and unique areas anywhere in the world. The Mountain State’s wilderness areas have become the vacation destination of choice for folks in search of the Great Outdoors. A person can find just about any type of outdoor adventure here, from tranquil flyfishing to kayaking outrageous rivers—rated among the best in the world. Or, from serene hikes to strenuous rock climbing, from scenic float trips to world-class rafting, from a slow-paced horseback ride to super-charged jet boat rides, or spine-tingling mountain biking—West Virginia has the “Travel Outdoor Adventure Destination” for you!

Another unique aspect of West Virginia is that you can find the right adventures for you within a 20 mile radius. If you desire world-class whitewater—in the Spring, Summer or Fall—you can challenge the Gauley River, home of the World Rafting Championship. If, however, you want a mild whitewater introduction for your family with small children, the Upper New River is one of the country’s finest Class I-II rivers. A mountain biker can find gently sloping inclines past waterfalls to the country’s toughest single track loops and downhill runs. Rock climbers can find mild to wild routes within walking distance of each other.

Our hope in this publication is to present a guide—a roadmap to help you find the absolute best vacation experiences in the West Virginia area. Whether you are searching for the best restaurant or the best outfitter, the best antique shop or the best mountain biking, the best bird viewing area or the best waterfall tour, our intention is to guide you to the highest quality adventure of any type in the area.

West Virginia’s adventures are for everyone and every experience level. Come follow the TOAD—come discover that West Virginia truly contains the best “Travel Outdoor Adventure Destinations!”

Carlos Steward