A group from an international camp in Virginia came to ACE Adventure Resort and explored the New River Gorge by raft, horseback and mountain bike.
Camp Friendship invites youth from across the world and offers “challenge” trips where campers can try trips that offer more adventure than a normal day at camp. One of their main destinations is ACE because of the variety of activities available.
The group that visited us in early July came from all over the world from Russia to Spain. There were also campers from Saudi Arabia, France and Taiwan.
The weather was hot and sticky, but that didn’t stop the group of teenage boys from racing and challenging themselves on the mountain bikes.
The trip started by the ACE lake at the bike shop with a quick safety talk. After a test run on the bikes, we hit the road which quickly turned into a steady railroad grade trail that headed toward the historic town of Thurmond.
We made it to Thurmond which sits on the banks of the New River and spent some time exploring the empty town. The deserted railroad station now serves as a visitor’s center for the National Park Service and there are plenty of buildings left standing in the deserted town.
We left Thurmond and found ourselves back on the trail where we were challenged with some intense, but manageable terrain. Once we explored the remnants of a coke oven and ghost town, we headed back to the bus for cold drinks and a short ride home.
The kids were impressed with the freedom they were given while on the bikes and many said they had the most fun in comparison with the other activities they enjoyed at ACE.