At the crossroads of luxury and unspoiled wilderness lies Country Road Cabins —just minutes away for the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and the world renowned New River Gorge Bridge. Whether you choose a deluxe log cabin private home or a sophisticated, safari-style luxury tent, Country Road Cabins provides an unfiltered connection with the natural beauty of Almost Heaven West Virginia amidst a landscape of impeccable rustic elegance and comfort.
In the heart of Southern West Virginia, there runs a river. Her mighty whitewater has spent at least 10 million years carving its way through the Appalachian Mountains, creating a deep canyon known as the New River Gorge and supporting diverse flora and fauna for centuries. The Gorge’s 1,000-foot cliffs and walls of Nuttall sandstone, rushing rapids, misty mountaintops, and wild woods have long been considered hallowed ground for locals. Generations of West Virginia’s hikers, climbers, and rafters have considered these lands somewhat of a secret playground–until now. In 2020, our beautiful backyard finally received the recognition it deserves with its official designation as America’s 63rd national park.
Known for our Country Roads and Almost Heaven landscape, Country Road Cabins is located just 7 miles from the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. This deluxe cabin resort is an aww-inspiring escape in the Blue Ridge Mountains, taking full advantage of the West Virginia countryside and wildlife. At Country Road Cabins, you can kick back and relax in your private hot tub, hike along numerous trails throughout the New River Gorge, explore the land on horseback, take in the New River Gorge National Park by whitewater rafting on one of the worlds oldest rivers, celebrate a romantic getaway or whatever your heart desires.
The New River Gorge National Park spans over 70,000 acres, including 53 miles of the New River. Take in the fresh air and breathtaking scenery. Hike hundreds of trails, and explore abandoned coal-mining towns along the way. Here, there is a piece of Almost Heaven for everyone.
From the tranquil pools and inviting rapids of the Upper New to the roaring whitewater of the Lower New River, part of what makes the New River Gorge an ideal family vacation destination is the variety of options available to suit adventure lovers of all ages.
Whether you are looking for outdoor adventures, a walk back in time, fine dining, Appalachian inspired cuisine, or jaw dropping views, the New River Gorge area has you covered.
Experience the rush of whitewater. Soar through the air on a zipline. Hike, fish, paddle, climb, ride, and play! Your outdoor playground in and around the New River Gorge has hundreds of trails, ancient rivers, sandstone cliffs, stunning views, and the largest lake in the state. Whether you’re a family with little ones or an adrenaline-craving group of adults, there’s an adventure for you.
Encompassing more than 70,000 acres, the New River Gorge National River boasts numerous scenic overlooks and recreational opportunities, including hiking, biking, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. The 876-foot- high New River Gorge Bridge, opened in 1977, is one of the longest single- span arch bridges in the world. If you visit the bridge (and you’re not afraid of heights) check out a bird’s eye view of the river with a catwalk tour beneath the bridge with Bridge Walk. Outdoor enthusiasts will love whitewater rafting, zipline and aerial adventures, mountain biking, and stand-up paddle boarding. If being up in the air is more your style, Wild Blue Adventure Company provides scenic and stunt flights over the New River Gorge in a vintage Stearman Biplane.
Take a walk back in time by when you visit downtown Fayetteville. Fayetteville’s rich history began in 1873, when the town’s named was changed from Vandalia and made the county seat. Named after Marquis de Lafayette, you can find his statue on the Fayette County Courthouse lawn. During the Civil War, Fayetteville was heavily fought over and was held by both the North and South. Today, you can take a walking tour of the Historic District, which includes 75 historic homes, buildings and sites along the Civil War Trail.
When visiting downtown Fayetteville there are many shops and store you should add to your list to check out.
Ben Franklin’s – Amish bulk foods, jams, and jellies. Fabric, Flowers, Crafts, Framing and Country Gifts and Décor
When walking into the main store, it is exactly like walking back in time. From the friend staff, to the fresh warm nuts, home made peanut butter, fabrics and bulk goods. Ben Franklin’s is a favorite among locals and will become one of yours as well.
Wisteria Gifts – Jewelry, Accessories, Gifts (babies, anniversaries, weddings, birthdays, etc.), Home Decor, WV-grown Products, Vera Bradley Dealer, Brighton
Wisteria Gifts is your go to store for the perfect gift for that special someone or for yourself. Wisteria is a collector’s dream.
The Hobbit Hole – Retro, vintage, and antique furniture, jewelry, clothes, ephemera, knickknacks and paddywacks to help you enhance your unique style.
The Hobbit Hole is a hidden treasure tucked away in downtown Fayetteville. Going down the steps being careful not to hit your head, open the door and walk into a time machine.
For a small town, Fayetteville is packed with delicious local eateries. Try Pies and Pints for mouthwatering pizza creations, where pizza is topped high with gorgonzola and grapes, chicken and gouda, or classic pepperoni and sausage. Cathedral Café offers hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner in – you guessed it – an old cathedral! Afterwards, quench your thirst with a craft beer from Bridge Brew Works.
If you are looking for a fine dining experience in the New River Gorge area, Smokey’s is the place to be. Perched on the rim of the New River Gorge,
Smokey’s is a restaurant and event venue offering dining with an awe- inspiring view. Located at Adventures on the Gorge, Smokey’s is open seasonally for breakfast and dinner and Sunday Brunch during the off season.
When you are finished adventuring and exploring, you can take in the view relaxing at one of the many accommodations we offer. You can choose from 17 luxurious log cabin homes, 2 romantic yurt getaways, 2 aww- inspiring treehouses or you can experience glamping in one of our 2 brand new safari-style tents. The tents are fully outfitted with a king size bed, fully equipped kitchenette, gas grill, private hot tub and fire pit. From late April through early November, you can be surrounded by nature while reveling in every kind of comfort, including cell service and Wi-Fi, if feel the need to “plug in.” Each tent is also carefully appointed with hardwood laminate floors, fine linens, air conditioning and heat, plus a private, en suite master bathroom.
So wherever the road takes you in your upcoming travels, we hope it leads you to the great outdoors!
Some sample distances and estimated drive times from metropolitan areas from all directions are:
Pittsburgh, PA – 220 miles, 3½ hours.
Columbus, OH – 225 miles, 3¾ hours.
Charlotte, NC – 235 miles, 3¾ hours.
Cincinnati, OH – 260 miles, 4½ hours.
Washington, D.C. – 300 miles, five hours.
Cleveland, OH – 310 miles, five hours.
Toledo, OH – 365 miles, six hours.
Indianapolis – 380 miles, six hours.
Nashville, TN – 450 miles, 6¾ hours.
Atlanta, GA – 470 miles, 7¼ hours.
Chicago, IL – 555 miles, 8¾ hours.
New York, NY – 520 miles, eight hours.
And just for fun: the drive from Fayetteville, NC to Fayetteville, WV is 300 miles long and should be just under five hours.