They have a few options for outdoor adventures...canopy tours, climbing and the via ferrata. The via what you might ask? No worries...I had to look it up myself. It's a series of fixed ladders, cables and bridges along a mountain route that allow passage to hikers and climbers. That doesn't sound very adventurous does it? What if I said NROCKS' Via Ferrata could get as high up as 280ft. off the ground? Sign me up!
|The fixed ladders and cables|
|Starting up the front side of the first "fin"|
|Sometimes there was a ledge to walk on instead of a metal rung|
|The double fins. This is from the backside of the first fin.|
|Now on the backside of the first fin we get to the bridge|
|A shot of the second fin while waiting to cross the bridge|
|Coming up the backside of the first fin|
|One of our guides taking a breather before the bridge|
|I had already crossed the bridge and looking back at fin one|
|Coming up the front side of the second fin|
|Now on the backside of the second fin-the optional 40ft vertical climb|
|Going up wasn't the problem...coming down was the challenge.|
As with all adventures...pictures do not do this justice! Nothing like the view from so high up and the feeling of being on the side of a mountain. We were always secured with a harness and clamps so I felt safe. Tour guides accompany you on the trip with instructions for safety and movement. The trip is between 3-3.5 hours long and the cost is between $80-$115. They have packages for combining other activities and even lodging. We booked lodging on site because I wasn't sure about drive times. There is also camping on site and cabin rentals.
|The lodge has 8 guest rooms. Each room has a full size bed and a set of twin bunk beds.|
There weren't a lot of options for food nearby unless you were willing to drive a little ways. That usually isn't a problem for us but I'm not a fan of curvy roads...and WVA is CRUVY roads. We did find a spot for dinner here at the Front Porch Restaurant. The food was pretty good (or we were starved) and the view was amazing.
|Seneca Rocks in West Virginia|
|Bird show...for free|
Our day didn't end here but my blog post will...more to post later. You didn't think the fun ended with a mountain climb did you?