Day Trippin' in WV: Ace Adventure Center

Services for Real Estate Pros with Real Estate Shows

Ace Adventure CenterThe name says it all -- this is the top of the line Adventure Center in West Virginia!  Whatever sport or activity you're interested in, Ace Adventure Center likely has it covered.  This is a wonderland for the active outdoor family.

Among their array of activities:

  • White water rafting (over 140 different trips!)
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Rock climbing
  • Cave exploration
  • Fishing
  • Paintball games

You'll find a selection of packages for weekend stays, day trips or full vacations.  This is a HUGE 1,400 acre resort with a wonderful staff of knowledgeable and friendly people.  Safety is above all, you will have a lesson with thorough explanations before you set off on any adventure. 

Ace Adventure Center Riding InstructionMy family and I went horseback riding at Ace last summer.  (No, that is not us in the rafting picture, that's a stock photo offered to the press by Ace, and I figure blogging counts as "press", right?)  Before our ride, we were given a detailed lesson in steering, stopping and what to do "if".  We've ridden before and NEVER have we had such good instructions.   

"What do you do if your saddle starts to slide to the side?"  Gasp!  I didn't know!  I hadn't even thought about it!  But we were shown by one of guides, just stand in the stirrup on the opposite side and jerk on the saddle horn to realign it.  (I was so happy we'd had this instruction as later my teenager had this very problem, several times.)  We were shown easier ways to steer, by reaching down closer to the horse's mouth you have greater control.  It seemed like simple common sense, but I appreciated the lesson both for myself and my kids.  We were offered helmets but all declined.  I probably should have taken them but had never been offered at other riding stables. 

Riding Trail at Ace Adventure CenterOur guides instructed us to learn our horse's name.  It was too difficult for them to remember each rider's name, but they work with and know these horses well.  My horse was Rocky, named for his "gentle ride".  :o)  For the length of the ride, my family members were renamed Buzz, Dan, Flipper and Casper.  The kids thought that was really cool.

We took a two hour ride through the beautiful, cool green forests of West Virginia.  The trail was gentle enough without being boring, as was my horse.  (He got one little jump in just before we left, maybe testing out the new shoes he'd just received.)  Our guide (I think his name was John) was wonderful.  He kept an eye on the kids, which I appreciated, and was friendly and talkative.  I told him how impressed I was with the health of the horses and he told me much more about their care.  These are well cared for horses.  John also reminded my daughter "Flipper" many times to stand in her saddle and jerk on that saddle horn to straighten it out.  "Flipper's" Mother appreciated the care shown for all the kids that day. 

They warned us before the trip -- the legs you get on the horse with are NOT the legs you get off the horse with.  Prepare to have jelly legs for a bit, and be careful when getting off your horse. 

We had a great time and plan to return.  Months later, I was surprised to receive a calendar in the mail from Ace Adventure Center.  I flipped through and found a picture of our exchange student and myself in May!!  I was so pleased, as I hadn't gotten a picture of her on her horse.  I called Ace and asked them for a few more copies to send to her family, and they sent them to me immediately.  The calendar is filled with colorful pictures of people having a great time -- if you have a look you'll want to go there yourself! 

You can contact Ace Adventure Center at or 1-888-223-7238.  Ace is located at Oak Hill, about an hour and a half from Hurricane, WV.

Ace Adventure Center Stables     View from Riding Trail

Saying Good-Bye to Casper     Friendly Horses

Comments (11)

Maggie Dokic | Miami, FL | 888.883.8509 X101
eXp Realty LLC - Miami, FL
GREEN, CDPE, SFR, Pinecrest | Palmetto Bay |
Sarah, this is a great post.  You've got it all covered: local, interesting, a fun read, great pictures.  Congratulations on this.  I'm visiting your neck of the woods for sure at some point =)
Mar 05, 2007 05:02 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Hey, Maggie!  I had a GREAT time there.  Having a blog gives me an excuse to go back, and to go lots of other interesting places too, huh?  :o)  Please come visit WV sometime, this place is awesome!  I'll keep trying to convince everone else of this through my posts.
Mar 05, 2007 06:34 AM
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty - Spring, TX
Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro
Great pictures!!  Did you take them yourself?  Except of course for that top one.
Mar 05, 2007 12:26 PM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV
Hey, Marchel!  Yes, I did, thanks!  My family thinks I'm a little camera-obsessed, but it does come in handy to have all these pictures!
Mar 05, 2007 07:54 PM
Danny Smith
Looks like a whole lots of fun and all outdoors. Wish It was here so I could participate.
Mar 05, 2007 09:57 PM
Elena Thurston, Family Real Estate Specialist
Keller Williams Legacy One - Gilbert, AZ
Seriously, is it really that green?  It's so beautiful!  What a beautiful place to live!  and what a fun place to have to entertain family and friends!
Mar 06, 2007 12:45 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Dad's Back YardYes, Elena, West Virginia is GREEEEEEEN!  You should come see it!  I was watching TV last night and they showed somewhere out west, maybe Arizona or New Mexico, and I thought I would not be able to live there.  I NEED green around me.  The picture is my Dad's "back yard" (golf course) just for you.  Soak in a little greenery!

Hi, Danny!  We're worth a visit if you have a little spare time!  I think West Virginia has been underappreciated by the rest of the USA and I'm doing my part to educate the public about that.  Lovin' AR for giving me this platform!  (And I love your Texas pics, too!)

Mar 06, 2007 01:02 AM
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager

Sarah, I'm going to email this post to my family in VA, great info.

I've gone white water rafting in New Hampshire 3 times on the Kennnebeq River. WOW...what a blast!


Mar 06, 2007 01:37 AM
Sarah Cooper
Real Estate Shows - Hurricane, WV

Hi, Sue!  I haven't been brave enough to try white water rafting yet.  Looks like FUN, but  .... !  Eeek!

But please, share this post!  :o)

Mar 06, 2007 10:43 AM
Sue Argue
Staged First Impressions - Hampton, NH
NH Home Stager

Sarah, it's 5 degrees here today...brrr...I should do a localism blog about our Arctic Plunge!!

Sue Argue 

Mar 07, 2007 01:28 AM
Tracy Santrock
Santrock Realty Group Inc. , - Cary, NC
Raleigh - Cary Broker

I'm there! I do it every year.  I'll be there w/Class V Adventures w/the Upper Gauley in September.  My favorite!

Aug 04, 2008 03:18 PM