Saturday, July 30, 2016

U.S. 19 welcome center on schedule for Scout Jamboree

US-19 traffic races past welcome center site
Construction of a U.S. 19 welcome center for the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve near Mount Hope is on track for completion in time for the national Boy Scout Jamboree in July 2017. According to Gary Hartley, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of America, the construction site on the expressway has been graded, and construction of the J.W. & Hazel Ruby West Virginia Welcome Center has begun in earnest and will continue full force, weather permitting.

The center will serve as the main entrance and parking area for the 11,000-acre reserve and will include seating areas, retail and exhibit spaces, a climbing wall, and restroom facilities accessible from both inside and outside, Hartley said. Reserve guests will also be welcomed and credentialed as they arrive at the center, which will provide parking for more than 12,000 vehicles. Plazas outside will allow groups to congregate before they are transported to the Scott Summit Center within the reserve. The site will also feature J.W. Point, an overlook offering views of the mountainous landscape.

Center will park more than 12,000 cars.
The Summit Bechtel Reserve draws thousands of visitors each year, and plays host to the national Scout jamboree every four years, welcoming more than 80,000 visitors to the New River Gorge region. The reserve will host the 2019 World Scout Jamboree, which will bring Scouts from all over the world.

For more information on the Bechtel Reserve and the Ruby Welcome Center, visit the Scouting Newsroom: BSA breaks ground on new welcome center for Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve.
Monday, July 11, 2016

Lodging providers encouraged to browse New River listings

Mavis Manor, advertising since 2004
Lodging can be a profitable endeavor in the New River region of southern West Virginia, and we're helping lodging providers reach larger audiences as we rebuild our landmark compendium at See: New River Lodging Guide.

If you own or operate a lodging facility anywhere in southern West Virginia, please take a minute to browse our listings and consider contacting David Sibray at 304-575-7390 to determine how we might help provide you what you need to help increase your business. Whether or not you decide to advertise, he'll be happy to provide advice and freely share his knowledge of the market.
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Train Day welcomes visitors to ghost town at Thurmond

Thurmond in the early 1900s
Walking tours, educational programs, and activities for children will highlight the third annual Train Day in the historic ghost town of Thurmond July 16 in the heart of the New River Gorge National River.

Bluegrass music and a hike along the wall of the gorge will also be features of the 10 a.m.-to-2 p.m. celebration of life along the rails, according to Dave Bieri, a supervising ranger for the southern district of the national park.
Friday, July 8, 2016

Rangers schedule hikes in remote Bluestone canyon

Tram at Bluestone River
Through October 2016, rangers will lead a series of scheduled hikes through the canyon of the Bluestone River -- one of the least-explored regions of national park in southern West Virginia.

Two-mile walks along the Bluestone National Scenic River are regularly scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. every Saturday through October 8 at the lower end of the tram at Pipestem Resort State Park. Participants should bring $2.25 for the return tram ride.

Ten-mile hikes along the trail that follows the grade of the old Bluestone Turnpike have also been scheduled for August 6 and September 4. The hikes also depart from the base of the tram at 10 a.m. and follow the river downstream to Bluestone State Park. A free shuttle is provided for the return trip to Pipestem.

Hikers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch and water. Reservations are required for the turnpike hike, and participants must call 304-894-2129 or email to register.

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