​Lauren Barrett

Country Roads Take Me Home….

West Virginia is my home state and it really is a beautiful state. It has a lot to offer.

In my quest to visit all of the National Parks in the US, I knew New River Gorge National Park, America’s newest national park, had to be on the top of my list.

This summer of July ’22 I made that happen. With my mom, dad, aunt, cousin, and two kids, including my own, we traveled to New River Gorge National Park and experienced some breathtaking views, thrilling rapids, fresh mountain air, and the best activities to do with kids there.

It is truly so important to take kids outside and into nature.

Read on for 5 of the best activities to do with kids while visiting this park.


#1. Stay at Adventures on the Gorge

Adventures on the Gorge is a mecca for kids. You don’t ever have to leave the resort and already it has some of the best activities for kids.

We stayed in one of the cabins called Lost Paddle. It has a master bedroom with a king sized bed and bathroom. Upstairs in the loft area has two double beds, a pull out chair (perfect for a small kid), and a bathroom. The living room has a pull out couch and some nice sitting chairs. Plus there is a fully stocked kitchen. Outside has a hot tub on the deck and a fire pit and grill down below.

The cabin alone was fun for kids by doing activities like playing in the hot tub, digging in the mud, and making a fire to roast s’mores.

But the rest of the resort was the best.

For starters, the pool, Canyon Falls, is right on the rim of the New River Gorge with incredible views of the New River Gorge Bridge.

The 3,000 square foot pool has a kiddie splash area, waterfalls, and an upper and lower pool with a huge surrounding deck and a snack bar. You could spend a whole day there.

The rest of the resort has four other dining options: Sweet Java Falls, a coffee and pastry shop; Chetty’s Pub, a restaurant with burgers, beers, and…