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Things to Do in Fayetteville, WV

Explore a variety of things to do in Fayetteville, WV when you stay at Quality Inn New River Gorge. Full of history and charm, downtown Fayetteville is a small town bursting with local dining, year-round events, and dozens of adventure shops to complement your outdoor activities at New River. Choose the best location in town when you stay at our cozy and affordable hotel rooms.

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New River Gorge Bridge & River

Take in scenic views of the New River Gorge Bridge, the most photographed attraction in West Virginia. One of the top things to do near Fayetteville, WV, the New River Gorge National Park area is ideal for hiking, biking, ziplining, rock-climbing, rafting, and all kinds of outdoor sports.

Discover scenic lookout points and exciting activities all around the New River Gorge National Park. One of the oldest rivers on the continent, explore deep canyons on foot, by raft, and climbing directly up the rock face! 

Whitewater Rafting

Raft down one of the oldest rivers on the continent, down 53 miles of free-flowing West Virginia-style whitewater. There’s a number of licensed outfitters who offer guided trips, complete with trained guides, equipment, and meals.

  • Upper River: The Southern part of the river is mainly long pools and easy rapids up to Class III.
  • Lower River: The Lower Gorge is known for enormous rapids which vary from Class III to Class V.

Trips range in degrees of difficulty, whether you’re looking for floating fishing trips or crashing excitement.  

Hiking & Biking

Get outside! There’s no shortage of state parks and trail systems to explore. Our local recommendations:

Fayetteville is home to a number of biking and outdoor shops to help you get equipped for your trek!

Hawks Nest State Park

Enjoy panoramic vistas of the New River from the U.S. Route 60. Hawks Nest State Park covers 276 acres right in the heart of whitewater rafting country. Challenge yourself in the narrow canyon of rushing water and rugged clifftops.

The state park is also home to jetboat rides, a nine-hole golf course, and a tram ride down. 

Babcock State Park

Try your hand at wildlife photography and hike the wooded trails of Babcock State Park! This beautiful state park features a working replica of the old Cooper’s Mills, dozens of hiking trails interwoven with streams, and lots of scenic lookouts.


Plans for a rainy day? Beckley is the county seat of Raleigh County, West Virginia and home to:

What are your favorite things to do in Fayetteville, West Virginia? Ask us for our top picks during your stay at Quality Inn New River Gorge.