Activities for everyone!
Pack your bags and get ready for some outdoor fun! Southern West Virginia has something for everyone in the family! Whether it's night skiing at Winterplace Ski Resort, horseback trail rides, whitewater rafting, going deep into a cave or rock climbing, you'll never be bored!
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HAYRIDES , HORSEBACK RIDING, AND STABLES
Guided horseback rides are offered from mid-March to November at Pipestem Resort. Rides offered include ½, one- and two-hour trails rides. Ring rides where horses are led by staff members available. Overnight trail rides are wonderful and include dinner; breakfast and a stay in a 19th century cabin are by reservation only. Trail rides require riders to be at least seven years of age. Hayrides and wiener roasts available for group gatherings. Rides offered are ½ hour, one hour, two hour and ring ride (staff led). For daily horseback riding open dates, rates and hours click here.
Pipestem Resort features two challenging, beautifully manicured courses. The 18-hole par 72 championship course designed by Geoffrey Cornish, features views of the Bluestone Canyon. A challenging Par 3 course, the Short Course, is also at Pipestem Resort. View our golf page
A fully stocked pro shop is on site. Mulligans Sports Lounge is located at the 18-hole course clubhouse. This restaurant features specialty sandwiches and your favorite legal beverages.
Within the 63,000 acres of New River Gorge National River are over 1,400 established rock climbs. "The New" has become one of the most popular climbing areas in the country. The cliffs at New River Gorge are made up of a very hard sandstone, and range from 30 to 120 feet in height. The rock is very featured, and an abundance of crack and face routes are available. Most of the routes in the gorge favor the advanced and expert climber. The majority of routes are 5.9 and harder, and most sport routes fall in the 5.10 - 5.12 range. A guidebook is an essential tool for locating climbs, and local climbing shops can offer information and specific recommendations.
HIKING AND TRAILS
There are hundreds of trails that are maintained for your exploration by the National Park Service and/or state park rangers. There are awesome trails at Pipestem State Park, Camp Creek State Forest, Bluestone State Park, the New River Gorge National River and many other trails! Hike year-round!
Exhibition Coal Mine
At the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, visitors ride through the dark passages of a vintage coal mine. The guides are veteran miners and provide firsthand accounts of the daily responsibilities and travail of past and present day miners.
Guests board a comfortable coal mine “man trip” that holds approximately 35 people for the duration of the whole tour. As the trip begins, guides give general information about the Mine and the history of coal mining in our region. The Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine is a “drift mine” and the track goes 1500 feet up and around various mined out areas. Stops are made at these areas and the veteran guides give in-depth information on the mining methods and equipment seen. The underground tour last approximately 35 minutes. Visitors are asked to bring a jacket because the temperature is always 58 degrees inside the Mine.
It's one of the most popular trips for a reason: there simply isn't a better way to beat the heat than to climb into a raft and take off down a cool mountain river!
The Lower New River trip's intensity depends on the season, with this classic run hitting its stride around mid-June. You'll find big water in summer and fall with intermittent long, calm pools for swimming and floating. Fall brings explosive color to the New River Gorge, and Bridge Day adds one more odd element: base jumpers flipping into the blue sky above as you float under the 876' tall New River Gorge Bridge.
Caves & Caverns
Descend 120 feet below the Earth's surface into a vast wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. Lost World Caverns, discovered in 1942, is a truly magical place for both young and old. It takes approximately 45 minutes to walk through. Self-guided tours allow you to take your time to explore the cavern at your own pace. Just remember to stay on the trail. A guide sheet is provided to tell you about the many different formations that make up this 1/2 mile loop. No matter what the temperature on the outside, the cave always remains a constant 52 degrees. A light jacket and good shoes are recommended.
Hatfields & McCoys ATV Trail
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System gets its name from the region in southern West Virginia where much of the world famous Hatfield-McCoy Feuding took place and where several of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails are now located. The Buffalo Mountain, Bearwallow, and Rockhouse Trail Systems are located on or near historical sites such as Blair Mountain, Matewan, and the Hatfield Cemetary where battles, feuding, and funerals once took place. This area of the Appalachian Mountains have always been known for its rugged, mountainous terrain, rich natural resources, and its people who have endured here through the decades of our countries existance and continue to call this area home. When you come to ride at Hatfield-McCoy Trails you will experience some of the best ATV, UTV, and dirtbike trail riding in the world as well as some of the most wonderful hospitality you'll find anywhere! Come and see why some people call it West Virginia "Almost Heaven" and why our trail riders call it "Trails Heaven".
snow skiing & Snow Tubing!
The Princeton Devil Rays play at Hunnicutt Field in Princeton, West Virginia and the Bluefield Blue Jays play at Bowen Field, in Bluefield, West Virginia.
A devastating fire destroyed Bowen Field in 1973. The office was the only building untouched by the flames. A new concrete stadium was promptly build, as it stands today. Renovations, under the direction of Bluefield Baseball Club President George McGonagle, have greatly enhanced the complex, with the addition of a tunnel building, which houses two batting cages and a weight room. Over $3 million have been spent on Bowen Field improvements since 1989.
Minor League Baseball!
Winterplace Ski Resort is the perfect place for beginners to learn to ski and more advanced skiers and riders to improve their technique or just spend some time having fun with family family and friends. Our runs have 100% snowmaking, so even if mother nature can't get it to snow, we can. For the non-skiers in the group , we have a snowtubing park- no special equipment needed.
Base Elevation -2,997 Feet
Top Elevation - 3,600 Feet
Vertical Drop - 603 Feet
Skiable Acres - 90+ Acres
Snowmaking - 100% based on weather
Longest Run - 1 1/4 Mile (Intermediate Trail - Panorama)
Number of Trails - 27 Slopes & 2 Terrain Parks
Slope Difficulty - Easiest - 37%; Intermediate - 40%; Advanced - 23%
Total Lifts - 10 Lifts = 2 Quads; 2 Doubles; 3 Triples; 3 Super Carpet Lifts
Night Skiing - Night Skiing is available on 26 slopes, The Terrain Parks and the Snow tubing Park. (Slope closed for night skiing: Turkey Chute).
Snow tubing Park - Largest Snow tubing Park in WV with 2 Super tubing Carpet Lifts and up to 20 Lanes of Cool Fun!
Children must be at least 44 inches or taller to snow tube
Snow tubing fun for everyone! The hill you dreamed of as a kid with awesome whoop-de-doos! The best part is the 2 Super Carpet Lifts that whisk you back up the hill to do it all over again! Snow tubes provided, laughs required!