This was our first time at ACE and driving 4 1/2 hours from Kentucky, most--but decidedly not all-of it was well worth the time and expense. The best value, hands down, was the white water trip down the New River. Traveling with two children, ages 9 and 11, my husband and I appreciated the wonderfully personable, knowlegeable and skilled guides who accompanied us on the day-long, 12-mile excursion. My daughter and I thrilled to the larger, more stable raft while the boys enjoyed the more wet and wild experience, closer to the river, paddling in the two-person ducky. We ended the trip in a torrential downpour--and absolutely exhilarated. Worth every penny (approximately $140 for adults including extra neopryne jacket rental and $60 for children)!
Not worth the money, on the other hand, was the large but very dated two-bedroom Dogwood Chalet. Other than the hot tub, we couldn't believe the $250 price tag. When we arrived, there was no toilet paper in the single bathroom, and everything from the carpets to the window shades were faded and worn. We even had to call maintainence to get the old washer/dryer to work. My husband said the more honest marketing would call it an amazing hot tub, with a cabin thrown in. We originally wanted to stay there to have a warm place to go from the base of ACE but found that the only way to get to the cabin was via a treacherous 10-15 minute drive uphill as it was very far from the ACE waterfront.
Speaking of which--the waterfront is SPECTACULAR! We could have spent days enjoying the beach, clear lake, zip line and inflatables scattered throughout. SO much fun! If we were unable to do any other activities, we would have been fine hanging out on the waterfront for two days straight!
- Also Known As:
- Ace Adventure Camp Hotel Oak Hill