A 1,500-acre playground in West Virginia’s mountains may well be the only place in the world where visitors can combine whitewater rafting with a high-powered music festival.
The 3rd Annual Mountain Music Festival at ACE Adventure Resort takes place June 2-4, 2016, and just announced the Friday and Saturday night headliners: Trampled by Turtles from Duluth, MN, and Lotus of Philadelphia and Denver.
One of the best parts of this music festival is that fans can kick it with artists on zip lines and rafts over the weekend, accompanied by bluegrass, Americana, rock, soul and funk. Other musical acts include: Galactic, The Infamous Stringdusters, Big Something, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Dumpstaphunk and more.
“This weekend marries the best of what ACE Adventure Resort does: facilitate outdoor adventure and bring in some of the country’s most outstanding musicians,” says Chris Colin, impresario. Year-round he is ACE Adventure Resort’s Special Events Coordinator and Kayak School Manager.
“You choose the adventure; we provide the soundtrack. We’re the only music festival in the world where attendees can challenge their inner pioneer by whitewater rafting with veteran guides who recommend different sections of the river for every level of expertise and interest,” he added.
There are rafting trips for families with children as young as age 6 on Upper New River with Class III rapids, and Class IV rapids for ages 9 and up on Lower New River Gorge. Rafting on the Gauley River calls for ages 15 and up to take on the challenges of Class IV and V rapids. For more information, click here.
There’s more “splash” too with The Beach Party, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with games, obstacles and activities to entertain all ages for at least six music- and food-filled hours.
The fun takes place on ACE’s Adventure Park and Lake, a five-acre water park with slides, zip lines, inflatable toys and the famous “Blob” (a giant inflatable pillow on the water).
While you’re there, take a dip in the spring-fed mountain lake, lounge on the white sandy beach and enjoy the West Virginia sunshine.
Workshops by local presenters offer guests the chance to learn new skills while filling up a few hours until the music starts. Past workshops have included:
- Slacklining with West Virginia Slackline
- Morning Yoga with Kula Yoga Studio
- Hoop Jam with BlueSkye Hoops
- Flow & Poi Workshop with Easy Wind Family Creations
- Disc Golf Clinics with Explore Disc Golf
ACE Adventure Resort is the East Coast’s largest mountain hideaway exclusively focused on world-class whitewater rafting along with guided adventures, outdoor sports and activities, lodging, camping and other amenities.