We decided to go white water rafting with our 11 year old and 8 year old. My husband found Wildwater's brochure at a hotel while out of town for work. It had a coupon for kids to raft for free on Sunday, so I called and booked with ACE. (Somehow the rafting companies have merged?) We did the Upper NEW which was the only rafting for our 8 year old. At first I only booked a log cottage for that Sunday night. By the time we decided to stay Saturday night also, only a lakeside chalet was available for Saturday. I definitely recommend staying a minimum of 2 nights if you are only white water rafting like us. You could EASILY spend a week here with teenagers due to so many activities. (It would only cost more!)
Upon arrival (4pm) we checked into Lakeside Chalet #1. It was literally right beside the lake with all the inflatables! The people coming off the zipline walked right by our hot tub! Since we are a family, we did not mind the intrusion of privacy and LOVED the convenience of seeing when the line was short on the zipline! We walked right over to the lake and got our wristbands and life jackets and had so much FUN on the inflatables in the lake! I am amazed I made it to the top of the huge iceberg with the help of my children! After all the fun, we walked back to our cabin and cooked dinner on our Coleman stove on the picnic table outside, then enjoyed the hot tub at dark with our campfire going.
The inside of the cabin was not very new looking, the white linoleum needs replaced, but it was clean though. In fact, I checked the mattresses and they looked BRAND new and I slept very well knowing.
The next morning we checked out of that cabin and went white water rafting. Bodee was a very knowledgeable guide and I liked that he was there with us the whole time. Mattie also assisted when we got caught on a rock! All the guides were GREAT. The rafting was more exciting than I thought it would be. In fact, I must be a chicken because at times I was nervous. Next time I am going in the big raft instead of the ducky. My daughter and I did a double ducky, and my husband with our 8 year old son. My daughter and husband loved it and said it wasn't scary at all. It depends on your comfort level with water, of course.
The lunch was great shore side and we ate early enough that we didn't starve. There was also a port-a-pot available. I took lots of pictures, but on a waterproof camera so I don't have any of those pictures uploaded.
That night while wet from wwrafting, we went ahead and did the zipline and water toys in the lake again before driving up to our log cottage. We LOVED the log cottage! It looked brand new and was very private with woods to the back and a neighbor through the trees. I believe it was #620. We ate dinner in the lakeside restaurant (buffet.) I made reservations a few days before. Everything tasted delicious or else we were really hungry! (We ate breakfast there the next morning also, and it was equally as good! I would definitely book that again next time.) That night we enjoyed the hot tub looking at trees instead of the lake and people, then had another campfire. The kids loved the loft and actually didn't fight having to sleep together.
Overall we loved this place. It was fun for something different for our family. Next time I'd like to go horse riding also. We'll have to wait for our son to get older to do anything else. The campground looked great, with some private campsites and lots in a large area. WE'LL BE BACK!
- 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