We spent 3 days at ACE last week. While the resort is quite expansice we really enjoyed that there were very limited RV spaces - made for quiet evenings sitting by the fire enjoying the mountains.
The RV spaces were all pull-through spaces and were quite large. Plenty of room for the camper, the truck, open awning, grill, picnic table, and anything else you'd need. Never felt cramped or confined. The scenerely and ambiance was exactly what mountain camping should be.
Bath house was a little "rustic" but very clean and well maintained. Doors on the toilet stalls instead of curtains would be a pleasant upgrade - fortunately being in the camper section, the bath house was never crowded.
We did the Full Day - Lower New White Water rafting trip. Guide was Karen. What an unbelievably great day. 20 or so rapids, everything from Class 2's to Class 5's. Karen made sure we had a good time, hitting each rapid precisely where we needed to in order to get the best ride. Rapid surfing was a blast!! I really can't stress enough how hard the guides work to make this day memorable and fun - while they say that we "provide the power" a quick glance back will show you how hard the guides are working to make the most of each rapid. Karen was the best, informative, funny, pleasant, patient, and a ton of fun to be around.
Lunch on the river was ridiculous - burgers, grilled tuna, veggies, pasta and potato salad, cookies, etc. I think I ate better on the river bank in the middle of no-wheresville than I do at most BBQs I attend at home.
We also did the Zip-Line tour - now this I was not looking forward to nearly as much do to a fear of heights. Admittedly the 1st step is the hardest, and by the 1/2 way point of the 1st zip-line I realized how much fun I was having. The guides Adam, Sarah, and Tara were great, ensuring our safety, reassuring me that "dying would look bad on their resume" and that I'd be fine. I was. The zip lines were fast, exhilirating, and the views were spectacular!! The bridges were a little un-nerving but a lot of fun to say the least.
We didn't do the lake, the ATVs, horseback riding, mountain biking, or any other adveantures, but will definitely be back to take advantage of everything ACE has to offer. Everyone was pleasant, knoweldgeable, friendly, and great to interact with.
My only dissapointment was that the photos / videos they take on the excursion were a little pricey - while I understand the novelty and difficulty of getting "one chance" shots - I couldn't bring myself to spend $20 for 1 picture.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Featured on the Travel Channel, we offer amazing vacations, most of them wet! We are North America's largest outdoor vacation resort, where you can try whitewater rafting, zip line canopy tours, kayaking, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, paintball, ATV tours, a mud obstacle course, alpine tower, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, horseback riding, a bridge catwalk tour, or relax on the beach of our 5-acre lake full of inflatable toys. Come get away from it all on our 1,500-acre property in Southern West Virginia. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ace Adventure Hotel Oak Hill
- Ace Adventure Center Hotel