Not sure which show is better. Haven't seen either one even though it's been on our list of things to do for last couple of years. Both get good reviews and are semi educational along with the entertainment value.
Not sure how the show schedule runs. Think they might run a show for a week and then the other. You might just have to settle for the show scheduled the night you're planning on being there.
Park is maybe hour drive from Mt. Nebo. Not familiar with area and being late at night your best bet would be staying on I-64 and Rt 19. Would be four lane from park to Mt Nebo.
Rafting. My favorite is Rivers. LOL. Only one I have ever dealt with. Very rustic but fun outfitter. Offers several activities such as rafting, "duckies", biking, and horseback riding.
Located in Fayetteville. Half way between Mt Nebo and Beckley. Maybe a mile off of Rt 19. Easy access. Easy to find.
One of your trips through Fayetteville you have to hit Dirty Ernies Rib Pit. At south end of New River Bridge on north bound side of highway. Best ribs in state. We drive from Charleston couple times a year for those ribs. Tip: Order chicken and rib comb. Get like twice as much meat for maybe a dollar more. Dang.....Now I'm hungry....
For your scenic drive I'd go north to Summersville.( watch your speed) Rt 39 over through Richwood and towards Marlinton. Goes through National Forest.
Look for Cranberry Glades. Nice little quick hike on a boardwalk through nature preserve. Couple other hiking trails in the forest take you down to water falls and such. Just watch for signs as you travel Rt 39.
Rt 150 is a scenic highway off of Rt 39. Runs along the ridges giving you several nice overlooks. Interesting history. One section of mountain was completly burned off maybe a century ago in a forest fire. No vegetation meant soil wash off. Down to the bare rock. Through the years it has slowly grown back. Gives ya new respect for Mother Nature.
Two other quick stops would be the north end of New River Bridge. Small park and museum telling the story of how the bridge was built. Every Fall they close north bound side of bridge for Bridge Day. Like a big fair right on the bridge. Base jumpers and other crazys jump off the bridge all day.
Other stop would be Hawks Nest scenic overlook. At Hawks Nest Lodge they have a tramway that carries you to bottom of the gorge.