Boy Scout Troop One is chartered to First Baptist Church, 1670 Shatto Avenue, Akron, OH 44313 (map)
in the Old Portage District of the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America

Things to do in Wild Wonderful West Virginia

New River Gorge National Park

See here for information about The Summit being built in WV

Troop One Akron visited WV in 2010 and 2011.  (links to the tour pages)

WV Tourism Office
WV 2012 Travel Guide online
State Facts:  Black Bear, Cardinal, Golden Delicious Apples, Brook Trout, etc.
WV State Parks on Facebook and web

New River Gorge Interactive Map

Everything on the map between Mount Hope on the West, Glen Jean on the North and extending to the park border near Stone Cliff and Army Camp is the Summit Bechtel Reserve.

Summit Bechtel Scout Reservation:

37 53' N  81 06' W for both participants and staff


WV State Capitol & Museums

Capitol (Charleston)
(touring the State Capitol)
WV Cultural Center and State Museum (Charleston)
(touring the Cultural Center (WV State museum))

Boy Scout Councils

Buckskin (Charleston)
Mountaineer (Morgantown)
WV Capitol

NRG Outfitters

Adventures on the Gorge
ACE Adventures
NPS Whitewater in the NRG
NPS Whitewater in the Gauley River NRA
Summersville Lake info

Driving tours

under the New River Gorge Bridge (go to the visitors center and get a CD)
Route 39 Appalachian Waters Scenic ByWay
Midland Trail, route 60
Journey through the Coalfields
Info on the WV historic Theater Trail and the WV historic New Deal/CCC trail.

Mountain tops

Spruce Knob (highest point in WV)
Seneca Rocks (1000 ft. elevation  climb)
Endless Wall / Beauty Mountain (NRG)
Long Point (NRG)
Canyon Rim Trails map (NRG)
Thurmond Area Trails (NRG)
Thurmond area trails map (NRG)
Glade Creek Trails (NRG)
Plan your visit to NRG (NRG)
Trails of the NRG (NRG)


If you click on the book you get an amazon link to buying it.  Why?

Waterfalls of WVMy wife and I bought this book because it has a set of GPS coordinates in the back for all of the waterfalls that they have found and included in the book.  Estimates of the number of waterfalls in southern WV range from 100 to 275.  We are set to find as many as we can.  See our photos, our waterfall collection so far (at this link).


Cass Scenic Railroad
Potomac Eagle
New Tygart Flyer
Durbin Rocket
New River Train (Fall only)
C&O Heritage Museum (Huntington)
John Henry The Steel Drivin' Man (about trains, not a train) also here

Caverns and Caving

Info on Seneca Caverns and 2 other Wild Cave Tours
and 4 easier cave tours


Bicycling at NRG


See ACE and ATOG above under outfitters
NPS Climbing in the NRG
Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center (Via Ferrata and Canopy tour)

WV Experience

Beckley Exhibition coal mine
Theater West Virginia WVa History


Greenbank National Radio Astronomy Observatory
motor coach mailer

Other Services in WV

YMCA of Southern WV

Harpers Ferry

NPS site

Monticello (I know it isn't in WV)

Group tour
box Lunch

some of the links below are from 2011 high Adventure Trip and will be removed or replaced soon.  You can see them by going to WV2011.html

Camping at ACE at the mountain top campsite
ACE Campus map:

One day of white water rafting on the lower New River using ACE,
11 years age minimum

A half day of Gravity zip lines at Adventures on the Gorge (older scouts)
12 years of age minimum
Weight between 100 and 260 pounds
Info and Video:
Guidelines: coming soon, not yet on their web page.


TreeTops Canopy Tour (younger scouts)
10 years of age minimum
Weight between 90 and 260 pounds
Info and Video:
Adventures on the Gorge Campus map:

An evening rappel off a 60 foot cliff sponsored by ACE,
Minimum age 8 yrs old (must be a boy scout for us.)
Difficulty is Easy
Amazing view of the Gorge.

ACE Lake

hike the long point trail
Other hikes may be planned

Attend the civil war theater presentation of Honey in the Rock (Friday night) or Hatfield and McCoys (Thursday night)

seek to visit with the folks at Trinity Works in Mount Hope and if possible do a service project for the Summit Bechtel Reserve

Troop One Whitewater
Troop One WW rafting
New River Bridge
New River Bridge in fog
Endless Wall Trail  from
Endless Wall Trail Picture
View of New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point (from
Long Point Trail
View of the New River from the main overlook (from
main overlook
Thurmond Station (from

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