Truly Adventurous New River Gorge Wedding Ideas

There’s no better place for 2 adventurous souls to become one than in the New River Gorge. West Virginia’s own little Grand Canyon is jam-packed with exhilarating views for nuptials, as well as pre- and post-wedding adventures. It’s up to you to decide how much adrenaline you want to add to the already heart-pounding exchange.

1. ACE Adventure Resort

ACE Adventure Resort has 1,500 mountain acres overflowing with adventure— including a 5-acre water park, ziplining, whitewater rafting, climbing and horseback riding.

If you choose to tie the knot in ACE’s outdoor wonderland, their people will take care of the entire event. Their “Weddings in the Woods” packages include group activities, recreational amenities, lodging for everyone to stay nearby, catering services, parking and shuttles.

If visions of raging rapids and saying “I do” go hand-in-hand for you, ACE Adventure Resort’s got you covered. Seriously— their web site encourages putting “a bouquet on the back of a raft or in a backpack,”or “lining your bicycle handlebars with flowers and lace.”

2. Adventures on the Gorge

Let’s start with the view. Their remote deck overlooking the gorge provides an intimate and remote setting (no hiking required— you’re actually only steps from their main campus.) The sounds of the ravenous river bouncing off the gorge’s deep walls will play the perfect soundtrack to your “I dos.”

Provide some fun for your hardworking wedding party with a pre- or post-wedding adventure. AOTG can hook you up with an epic whitewater rafting trip or a thrilling zip through the forest on one of their world-class ziplines. Neither of those interest you? That’s okay. They have options— a loooot of options— including horseback riding, paintballing, kayaking, caving, hiking, climbing and rappelling.

Still not satisfied? Rent out Canyon Falls Swimming Pool, a 3,000-foot oasis surrounded by 10,000 square feet of deck and an incredible view right on the rim of the gorge.

Cap off the day in one a hot tub by one of their cozy cabins and you’ve just had the best wedding day ever.

3. Opossum Creek Retreat

The folks at Opossum Creek Retreat say their little slice of heaven is “The perfect way to find yourself— in the middle of nowhere.” The 19-acre retreat boasts rolling green hills, intimate forest scenes, and 9 cabins tucked into the trees. The setting is great for your dream country wedding, and lucky for you the folks there pride themselves on making weddings exceptionally personal— just as they should be.


Opossum Creek Retreat offers an array of affordable pre-planned wedding packages for ceremonies of all sizes. The staff takes care of lodging, an outdoor tent, tables and chairs, and even a honeymoon cabin.

You can rent as many or as few cabins as you’d like— but we say heck, rent all 9 out and have the retreat to yourselves! Each wedding package includes The Meadows House, a ranch-style home plopped right in the middle of a sprawling 4-acre meadow. You can have both the ceremony and reception at the house, and there’s even enough room for the whole wedding party to stay right there.

4. The Confluence Resort

Think big! Rent an entire forest for your special day. The Confluence Resort features 3 upscale cabins on 300 acres of rolling hills, romantic forests and dramatic cliff views.

The remote rock overlook perched above the Meadow and Gauley Rivers can accommodate up to 200 guests, so all of the special people in your life can enjoy the festivities in the forest with you.

Enjoy a reception at one of the rustic barns onsite— complete with twinkling lights and a bonfire. You will also have free reign of the resort’s 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom Patterson House for the day of the wedding.

Because all of your favorite people are gathered into one place, why not take advantage of your big day and turn it into a couple of big days? You can rent out the resort’s 3 deluxe cabins and enjoy some good old-fashioned fun on the farm before and after the main event.

Where will you set your wild, wonderful wedding?

Sam Babcock