What exactly does free outdoor recreation mean?
If you make the move to West Virginia, you will soon learn that adventure is a way of life here. To help you explore your new home, all Ascend WV participants will receive a year of free outdoor recreation and access to our free gear rentals for the duration of the program. That’s right, we said FREE. Enjoy a year of snowy ski adventures, whitewater rafting excursions, off-roading rides and more—all on us. Worth more than $2,500 this package will get you off your laptop and outside as soon as you arrive.
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Hit the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System for some rugged adventure off the beaten path. Whatever off-road vehicle you choose, you are sure to catch some speed on the trail.
Soar through the looming tree-tops of West Virginia and release all of your cares to the wind. On this exhilarating flight, take in unbeatable scenic views and fresh mountain air.
Carve through the mountains on a roaring river rapid as you enjoy a day on the water. Enjoy a whitewater heaven, where rafters gather from around the world.
Take a swing on the green for a golf getaway in Almost Heaven. With courses found throughout the state, there are plenty of fairways to choose from with spectacular mountain views.
Shred down powdered trails. Explore the ridges on the back of a snowmobile. When the snow begins to fall, winter sports in Almost Heaven are just getting started.
West Virginia is Almost Heaven for climbers and a hidden gem that is waiting to be discovered on the East Coast. Whether rappelling down the side of a mountain or instructed climbing, there’s a route for you.
2 Years Of Free Outdoor Gear Rentals
Don’t have your own kayak to hit our waters in? No problem! Ascend WV participants will have access to two years of free outdoor gear rentals to be used with friends and family. In WVU’s gear library you will find everything you could ever need to really get acquainted with our mountains. Check out some climbing equipment or grab a bike and hit the trail. Rent some camping gear or grab a paddleboard for a lakeside adventure. Find specialty equipment and more for FREE!
West Virginia Outdoor Recreation By The Numbers
Related Frequently Asked Questions
I love to be outdoors. What adventure opportunities are there in West Virginia?
West Virginia is sitting on some of the best natural resources on the East Coast. With over 2,032 miles of whitewater in the state, an IMBC awarded mountain biking Silver Ride Center and over 4,000 rock climbing routes and bouldering problems in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve alone, year-round adventures await. In West Virginia, breathtaking views inspire us and mountain landscapes are always within reach, with an abundance of public lands and the nation’s newest National Park. Reach out to [email protected] for more information!Explore More FAQs
How many spots available?
The Ascend WV program is a long-term talent attraction program. Applications for the first 50 spots in Morgantown have now closed, with more to be added next year. In early 2022, the application window will open for Lewisburg and Shepherdstown. Ascend WV is a long-term program that will continue to evolve to include more mountain towns across West Virginia, so make sure you keep checking our website for updates!Explore More FAQs
Where is West Virginia?
West Virginia is located in the heart of the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and is within a day’s drive of many East-Coast favorites. Our Ascend WV communities are strategically located near major metropolitan markets for quick and convenient access for business travel. Reach out to [email protected] for more information!Explore More FAQs