We’re in nature’s backyard, living it every day. Join us in our observations, our outdoor breaktimes in the vast New River Gorge playground, and our pursuits of better ways to live in tandem with the wilderness around us.
Sustainability, adventure, and the Gorge— we could go on about them for days. But we’ll start with weekly posts.
You're trekking through the New River Gorge forest, and you barely notice, but tucked into the trees is a striking woodland home.
Shared entertainment spaces, parks and overlooks are 25% of Wild Rock.
Step out the door, and the adventure begins. The public trails at Wild Rock sit just outside.
The bocce court at Wild Rock is great for entertaining, because every guest can get involved.
At the heart of our quiet mountain community, a canoe sits ready beside a peaceful pond.
It’s an artsy, quirky, outdoorsy little place. It’s relaxing, but always active, with proud folk heritage shining through its modern values. Downtown Fayetteville, WV, is a thriving town in the middle of the mountains, just down the road from Wild Rock. It was named the “Coolest Small Town in America,” and it’s a title well-earned.... Read More
70,000 acres of pure, unbridled adventure-scape.
Take a short trek down the Wild Rock trails, and you'll find yourself at the area's largest adventure resort. This central serves as a starting point from which to depart into the WV wilderness.
World-renowned landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz crafted the Wild Rock community.
We can see one of the greatest WV icons from Wild Rock. What is it that makes the New River Gorge Bridge so standout?
Here are some of the most sought-after wild springtime treats in the New River Gorge, WV, (and recipe ideas):
Biking mountain terrain is a bit rougher than basic road biking, but here are some basic mountain biking tips to get you started.
Fayetteville Arts Coalition has started a new monthly event, which blends two of our favorite things: art and wine.
Treat yourself to a show at the Historic Fayette Theater in WV. Their 2014 season is in swing.
Here are some great ways to enjoy nature's wonders in the New River Gorge this month for Earth Day.
What makes bocce so intriguing? It only took us a round at our courts here in Peregrine Park to find out.
Here are our favorite trails for exploring the gorge's past, and what history you'll find tucked among the forest paths.
Spring wildflowers we're most excited to see bloom in the New River Gorge.
On Wild Rock's campus, without even venturing into the vast New River Gorge, there's plenty of sweeping scenery and adventure.
Fayetteville’s vast outdoors might pin it as an adventure town, but its arts scene is just as lively, and the Fayetteville Arts Coalition is showcasing creativity in the forefront, too, with its “Art in Sight” initiative. Now in its 3rd year, the goal is to bring an outdoor mural or sculpture to town each year.... Read More
Dave Hartvigsen, new CEO of Adventures on the Gorge, is also a new neighbor in the Wild Rock community, from where he can walk to work.
Adventure season ahead in the New River Gorge! Here's where to find the best outdoor gear.
“We went out with two of our friends and took a hike, and looked out at the Gorge. The river below was frozen. It was spectacular and beautiful. Then we had lunch in Fayetteville. “It was a perfect day. They’ve all been perfect days so far.” Wild Rock’s newest neighbors,Tom Heywood and his wife Melody,... Read More
We believe the outdoors is something to be shared. Our cliffside routes in Bubba City are some of many great amenities open to the public on Wild Rock land.
Not only does the New River Gorge adventure not stop for winter, it also gets better in the snow. Postcard-perfect snow scenes give you a whole new reason to explore this season. Here are 5 year-round adventures that only get better with a little snowfall: Caving Sure, you can crawl through the gorgeous caverns of... Read More
If you’re planning a new life with your beloved, why not build your life together to last? We ask this to those of you who have asked the much bigger question— the question. Those who will be blissfully tying the knot. It’s the season of wedding planning, and starting new lives, bound together. (Our own Carl and... Read More
Working from home comes with the perk of choosing where “home” is. For telecommuters, the Wild Rock community has a host of unique perks. Here are our 5 favorite reasons to bring your remote work to Wild Rock and the New River Gorge: 1. Creative stimulation If you’re looking for an elegantly simple reason to... Read More
The natural scapes, the community, the adventure— Wild Rock is the trifecta. Just ask visitors like Patrick Belisle. “I love the parties— eating, drinking, laughing, singing. Or relaxing and laying around the fire reading a book.” Patrick and his wife have visited Wild rock in 3 different seasons, and found the experience remarkably different every... Read More
For Patrick Belisle, a trip to Wild Rock means being a part of the community, if only just for a short time. He and his wife visit the property to visit Carl and Pattie, who have a stunning home in Wild Rock overlooking the canyon rim. “We’ve known Carl and Pattie for a while, but... Read More
What’s it like to be a part of Wild Rock? It makes you more than simply a part of a mountain community. During these starting stages, you’re also a founding builder of it. Some more literally than others. Matt Dean became involved with Wild Rock through Allegheny Contractors, helping build 3 of the current homes... Read More
The last few blog posts, we’ve been discussing the historic structures near Wild Rock and around the New River Gorge. With deep coal and railroad ties in the New River Gorge, we gave the ruins and buildings from that piece of WV history their own post. Here are some of the historic railroad and coal... Read More
Our last post discussed historic buildings and structures in downtown Fayetteville, WV. Now we’d like to share a few of the structures of interest around the New River Gorge: The Glade Creek Grist Mill Built in 1976, this iconic mill was a re-creation of an older grain-grinding mill. Pieces of three other historic mills in... Read More
The New River Gorge is full of deep and unique history, including a number of interesting architectural sites and buildings. In Fayetteville’s downtown alone, the historic district includes 75 homes and buildings, many of which represent unique architectural styles. Here are a few places to take a peek at Fayetteville’s history through its structures: Historic... Read More
If you’re in the mood for a drink, you’re no more than 5 or 10 minutes from a full glass at Wild Rock. With a local brewery, winery, and distillery, the New River Gorge has a large selection of hand-crafted local drinks and international imports. What will quench your thirst? Here are the top spots... Read More
Sometimes saving energy is as simple as the direction your home faces. And sometimes technology gives it a boost. The Nest thermostat, which learns your schedule and helps regulate temperatures, is a handy, simple, money-saving tool for any home (even one of Wild Rock’s already energy-conscious homes.) It’s one of our favorite new products, not just... Read More
Part of the beauty of living at Wild Rock is being able to choose your level of adventure. When Jim Berrien came to visit, he decided to go full-force across the New River Gorge skyscape. Among the many adventures he and his friends leapt into, skydiving was the limit for everyone else. Not for Jim,... Read More
If you’re like us, winter is the time (well, excuse) to indulge a little. And if your tastes are gourmet, the New River Gorge is the destination of choice. With the season switch up, Smokey’s on the Gorge is gathering the cold-weather adventurers and cabin dwellers alike to the table for regular weekend themed dinners... Read More
Now that Halloween has passed, take your history buff friends on a different kind of ghost tour: wandering the ruins of the ghostly remains of once-mighty mining communities in the New River Gorge. Coal heritage is a major part of West Virginia history, and ruins of the coal boom are abundant in the Gorge after... Read More
Another Wild Rock weekend, another adventure. “I feel like if I don’t get to Wild Rock, I feel like I wasted part of the summer,” said Dean Johnson, who just finished up a Bridge Day weekend in the New River Gorge community. He took friends out on the New River Gorge Bridge catwalk for the... Read More
The New River Gorge is the best. Of course we think so, but we’re not the only ones. The world-class adventuring here has brought in a dedicated community that has built a hub of “bests.” We earn the “best” distinction all the time. Best flavors, best views, best adventures, in the state, coast, country and world.... Read More
Last weekend I took my long-time fishing buddy Willie Drake to Wild Rock for 3 days of fly fishing exploration. Willie is the founder of America’s oldest reclaimed historic wood business, Mountain Lumber. He supplied the 100-year-old heart pine for my home at Wild Rock. He and I have also been fortunate enough to spend... Read More
The colors are really starting to pop around the New River Gorge. There are some lovely spots around Wild Rock to see the treescapes. Here are a few of our favorites for a leisurely fall afternoon: Wild Rock’s Overlook Right on campus, outside the doorstep of any home in Wild Rock, you can find a... Read More
Have you ever had a dinner so stunning it stuck with you? As we enter the fall, I am reminded of such a fantastic meal that we shared this summer with friends on the New River Gorge. My college roommate and some other old friends were coming to WV from NY to visit Wild Rock... Read More
Wonder what it’s like to fly? Or ride a cloud? Or free fall? Only a few feet from the Mill Creek community’s campus, Larry Lemaster and Skydive NRG can tell you what it’s like (and why it’s better here in the New River Gorge). Or show you. “It’s hard to explain to people because you... Read More
You adore peeking over the New River Gorge’s steep canyon cliffsides, and you want to live in the wilderness of the West Virginia mountains. What’s your best option? Wild Rock has 3 distinct communities with prime locations. All three are: tucked into the New River Gorge along the National Park, with miles of pristine views... Read More
The New River Gorge canopies are exploding with patches of red, orange and yellow, speckling the rolling hillsides with a fiery palette of color, which is growing more vibrant by the day. It’s a beautiful time to be in the New River Gorge. And what better place to view the treescapes than from the woodland... Read More
Secluded, but not isolated. In fact, Wild Rock is nestled conveniently near every type of environment you could want, from sweeping landscapes to sprawling cityscapes. Wild Rock, unlike many other mountain communities, is perfectly located close to thriving small town charm, and centrally among the East Coast. NEARBY One direction, you’ll come upon nothing but... Read More
After his analysis of the Wild Rock, WV, community, we followed up with Alex Stark, one of America’s premier Feng Shui consultants. Here’s the Q & A: 1. What are the Benefits of Feng Shui? “The most important thing to know about feng shui is that it is a practice that can help to optimize environments for... Read More
by Carl Frischkorn I love flying into the New River Gorge airport. It’s actually on part of the Wild Rock property, so I can touch down right at home. I have been flying for 35 years. Wild Rock is a perfect second home for a pilot like myself, because I can (and sure do!) fly in friends and family... Read More
Just a short walk down the trail from the serene scenery of Wild Rock, there’s another mountain community with a totally different vibe. The Adventures on the Gorge campus, bustling with visiting adventurers during the day and swinging with live music at night, is its own little world. An outdoor adventurer’s paradise, complete with entertainment... Read More
Because we love our natural surroundings and want to preserve them for future generations, we try to encourage sustainable building here at Wild Rock. We want our community to build responsibly, within reason. What does that mean for your home? It means using common sense practices to capitalize on the environment around you. It’s not... Read More
Welcome, Boy Scouts, to Outdoor Adventure Central! When the Boy Scouts of America chose to bring their new high-adventure center, the Bechtel Summit Reserve, to the New River Gorge, they confirmed their faith in something we already knew— that the New River Gorge is a diverse outdoor playground like no other. With two world-class whitewater... Read More
Wild Rock is an ideal home for adventurers of all sorts, but rock climbers in particular have a great opportunity to immerse themselves in their sport of choice. Bring the thrill of the ascent to your doorstep, so you can live and share the climbing lifestyle: Climb Some of the top cliffs are in our... Read More
The best part about a Wild Rock home is sharing the wonder and adventure with your friends and family. The New River Gorge is a hub of outdoor activity, and there are more and more options to enjoy its beauty every year. From calm, low-key nature strolls to high-adventure zip lining tours, there’s something for... Read More
“Kula” is a Sanskrit word for a community system that works together. At Kula Community Yoga Studio in Fayetteville, WV, they believe the practice of yoga treats your body’s system entirely, balancing your body and mind. Though they have a full schedule of courses throughout the week, our favorite Kula session is the Sunday morning... Read More
Our Wild Rock community has taken root, and it’s growing! The newest neighbor is fellow whitewater and New River Gorge enthusiast Mike Cassidy. His primary home is in Charlottesville, Va., but he spends his free time here in the wild and wonderful. His 3,000 square-foot mountain home was designed by Fayetteville native Bahlmann Abbott. A... Read More
Because of his own architectural achievements, our own Master Designer Tag Galyean has been invited to judge the top designers in the world in the Hospitality Design 9th Annual Awards. Tag was among 5 superior judges selected for the contest, and he’ll be taking time to evaluate more than 400 international entries in 17 categories.... Read More
From their state-of-the-art modern, sustainable home and spacious patio with a perfect forest-framed view of the New River Gorge, Carl and Pattie can often be found entertaining guests at their Wild Rock home. Though they live primarily in Charlottesville, Va., their second home on the Gorge is one of their favorite places to visit— a... Read More
Need a mini peek into life at Wild Rock before you commit to a tour? You can get a sampling of all our local flavor— Wild Rock, The New River Gorge and the Fayetteville community— in downtown’s new cooperative space. Get a feel for the artistic flair, the beauty, the culinary creativity of the New... Read More
Galyean’s first “Tree House on Falls Creek” is available for vacation rentals or purchase. It’s an ideal spring break destination for families. Renowned resort designer and architect TAG Galyean has created the “Tree House on Falls Creek” for the Wild Rock West Virginia community. Galyean designed the homes to capture the beauty of the WV... Read More
Wild Rock hosted the first Plan Fayette sustainability conference on July 30. The conference brought together West Virginia University faculty members and more than 80 members of the Fayette County community, including county and city officials, environmentalists and leaders of local outdoor adventure businesses. Attendees gathered at the National Park Service’s Canyon Rim Visitor Center... Read More
The Plan Fayette conference will feature some of the state’s leading experts in rural planning, resource protection and tourism-based economies Which town will get the next big box store? How will the Boys Scouts affect the region? Where will residents live and work in the next 20 years? An upcoming conference in Fayette County aims... Read More
Wild Rock WV Joins NRAC and Access Fund Partner to Secure Access to the Bubba City Climbing Area in the New River GorgeFriday, April 27th, 2012 5:17 pm
Wild Rock has partnered with the New River Alliance of Climbers and the Access Fund to create an access easement for trails to the extensive cliff line of the Bubba City climbing area in the New River Gorge. The three groups co-hold the easement to protect climbing access for the next five years, with the... Read More
If you are into mountain biking and looking for an amazing experience, check this out. Mountain Biking In The New River Gorge
Recently, we had the chance to capture some new images of the Wild Rock community and some of the new homes being developed. As a preview, you can view a full screen version of a small portion of these images by clicking here on Wild Rock Slideshow. We will be adding new images and video... Read More
Recently I had the chance to visit Wild Rock’s first home with my wife Kelly. Even though I’ve seen plans and pictures of it, we were totally blown away by the quality of the construction and the attention paid to how it followed the stated mission of the community to follow the best practices of... Read More
To quote Yahoo! Travel, “Small-town appeal comes in many packages, and Fayetteville prefers its charm funky and cool rather than just quaint.” Check out the full story at http://travel.yahoo.com/p-interests-40757728.
The Edmonton Sun has reported that cheapflights.com has named the New River Gorge as one of the top destinations for university students. The New River Gorge is listed as number two in their top ten list. They state, “New River Gorge cabins are the perfect winter solution for the stressed out and over-extended college student.... Read More
Fayetteville plans four fun-filled days for the 4th of July celebration. From live music, crafts and food, to a carnival and skateboarding clinic, the festival will provide activities for all ages. For a detailed list and schedule of activities, visit the Heritage Festival website.
If you are a serious rock climber or just want to watch people having a lot of fun on the New River Gorge, you’ve got to watch this.
Adventures on the Gorge (AOTG) is pleased to announce a very special offer to select AOTG customers in conjunction Wild Rock WV. On your next visit to AOTG, book a no hassle, personalized property tour of Wild Rock and get a once-in-a-lifetime view of the area with a FREE Tree Tops Canopy Tour!
In 2013, the Boys Scouts of America will be holding their National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve. Just minutes from Wild Rock and Fayetteville, this newly-developed complex is expected to be a “game changer” according to West Virginia’s New River Gorge National River park’s superintendent, Don Striker. The reserve is... Read More
Recently, we uncovered some amazing images of the New River Gorge from 1899. What is amazing is how much the area has not changed over the years. The natural beauty remains. To see some more vintage images of the area, visit our FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Rock-West-Virginia/124946127567767.
This posting will be in the first of an exciting story of how Wild Rock’s first sustainable home came to life. In early 2009, Wild Rock’s Carl Frischkorn, began the process of designing a state-of-the-art sustainable home that would set the standard for the community. Construction of this modern home began in June of 2009... Read More
Three weeks ago, a team of internationally acclaimed architects and planners were on site at Wild Rock as part of a major planning process for the 10,600 acre $300,000,000 The Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve (https://summit.scouting.org) currently being constructed just up the New River from Wild Rock. A number of the ten day charrette participants stayed... Read More
Before we began any work on designing and developing Wild Rock, we felt it was critical to work with world-class talent in a wide variety of disciplines. We wanted to insure that the way we grew the community was harmonious with the natural aspects of the land. From the beginning, we engaged Alex Stark (www.alexstark.com), an... Read More
A couple of photos from yesterday to give you a feel for the Wild Rock house in the winter. See if you can find the bridge in the distance over the snow covered porch furniture Looks like cotton balls obscuring the view of the house Bear tracks from yesterdays cross country ski Cecilia…many thanks for... Read More
Due to the unique partnership with the National Park Service, Wild Rock was selected as the location to base a Wilderness Search and Rescue training course for area park rangers. Wild Rock is adjacent to the New River National river and is the main access point to some of the most popular rock climbing in the... Read More
Nothing says Halloween like cooler air, leaves on the ground, and pumpkins! We felt inspired to share our love for Wild Rock in the ultimate Halloween tradition. From everyone at Wild Rock, have a wild and safe Halloween!
With over 100,000 spectators and 363 jumpers, the 31st Bridge Day was a success. The 363 jumpers came from all over the world, and jumped a total of 1,030 times by the end of the day. Bridge Day – Photo Courtesy of 876ft.com Bridge Day is the one day a year that the New River... Read More
Developers from across the country are showing interest in property near the Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve.BECKLEY – By DAVID SIBRAY For The State Journal Economic development officials say interest in commercial investment in the New River Gorge region has increased significantly since the Boy Scouts of America announced plans to build landmark facilities there in early... Read More
The Green Connoisseur October 6, 2010 West Virginia’s Eco Village Tucked away in the mountains of West Virginia is a unique community built on the foundations of sustainable development. Wild Rock is a luxury eco-village set in the New River Gorge National Park. Off the beaten path, Wild Rock offers community residents both a natural... Read More
West Virginia Vacation Community Developed to Embrace Nature Wednesday, September 15, 2010 By Gretchen McKay, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The Paddle House, a luxury rental within the Wild Rock development on West Virginia’s New River Gorge, has two covered porches, including one with an outdoor fireplace. In this rugged corner of southern West Virginia, you can do... Read More
Whitewater Church It’s the time of year for all serious rafting enthuses to come to church! Starting the weekend after labor day and running for 6 weeks the Army corps of Engineers releases water from Summersville Dam to provide 26 miles of Whitewater excitement. Rafting thrill seekers from around the globe travel to the Wild... Read More
August 28, 2010 The recently completed third home at Wild Rock hosted the “Pittsburgh Post” for a tour. The editors were so impressed by the sustainable building techniques, as well as the Feng Shui design, the home will be featured in the paper next month. The home is designed by Charlottesville architect, Cecilia Hernandez of... Read More
Over the past few months, West Virginia has gained significant national press from the recently announced $300,000,000 Summit Bechtel Family National Scouting Reserve opening just nine miles from Wild Rock, and the oversold PGA Tour’s successful debut at the Greenbrier Resort a mere one hour drive away. First home completed at Wild Rock The August... Read More
The second home at Wild Rock is complete. Constructed by some of the founding partners of “Class VI River Runners” they have appropriately named this home “The Paddle house.” This luxury vacation home sits on the rim of the New River Gorge. The Paddle House was built using green methods and materials, including reclaimed flooring and recycled insulation. To maintain the natural beauty of the... Read More
Happy Fourth of July! The New River Gorge is looking to have perfect weather, and what better time for that than this long weekend! Now is a great time to see the flowers blooming, and lush green gorge. Take a swim in the lake, raft, or take a fabulous bike ride through the woods. Whether... Read More
Ever find your self looking for a sign? Fayetteville and the Wild Rock WV area is one of the most unique small communities anywhere. From being one of the Coolest Small towns in America, to one of the best adventure towns you can find. How do you know when you’re here? Look for a sign!... Read More
The New River Climbers Rendezvous was held this past weekend in the Wild Rock region. This annual fundraiser for the “New River Alliance of Climbers” is held each year to raise money to maintain and improve the climbing infrastructure in the New River Gorge. There are over 2400 climbing routes in the Gorge making the... Read More
There is nothing better than spring time at Wild Rock! As the Dogwood trees come into bloom and the New River Gorge turns from a wintery grey to a lush green, the area comes alive! With the return of spring comes the awakening of outdoor activities the New River region is known for. From birding... Read More
A winter wonderland has come to Wild Rock! Over 134 inches of natural snow this year has made West Virginia a winter sports destination. Winterplace Ski Resort is located just under an hour’s drive from Wild Rock. With day and night skiing, it is a great place to head out to for some winter fun.... Read More
West Virginia’s unique location as the most Northern Southern State and the most Southern Northern state allows for cool nights with clear warm days. The fall colors and the clear vistas of Wild Rock offer some of the most spectacular views in the region. The area’s natural beauty combined with the planned development has position... Read More
Fall is one of the most popular times to visit the Wild Rock region. Fall festivities include world class rafting, Civil War reenactments and one of the largest one-day festivals in the country-Bridge Day! The Gauley River, ranked as one of the top rafting rivers in the world, draws white water enthusiasts from across the... Read More
Summer is in full swing at Wild Rock! With the warm weather and the influx of visitors to the area, Wild Rock has really come alive over the past few weeks. The weather has allowed us to make great progress on the community’s roads and signage. Our first homes are well underway and it is... Read More
Spring is Here! The New River Gorge is in bloom! The leaves now cover the trees, and the entire gorge is glowing with beautiful variations of green. At Class VI, our partners and neighbors, Chetty’s and Smokey’s are now open for business. Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week, you can enjoy wonderful food... Read More
Wild Rock Entrance Feature The stonework for the entrance feature is complete. It has turned out even better than we imagined. With amazing natural light, and beautiful sandstone natural rock, this feature creates a great visual impact upon approach. Gropen Sign from Charlottesville is designing the Wild Rock sign that will be added to this... Read More
The rich natural resources of the New River area have beckoned and rewarded explorers as far back as human memory reaches. Today these same rivers, forests, springs and mountains offer new treasures to a new generation of explorers. At Wild Rock West Virginia, today’s explorers have the opportunity to live, work, and play in an... Read More
The New River Gorge area of West Virginia is beautiful all year round. This particular time of year can be absolutely stunning. We recently had the most incredible snow here, and because of the wooded and hilly nature of the land, the views, trails and roads create a dreamlike landscape. The Wild Rock Office is... Read More
The First home at Wild Rock has broken ground. The driveway has been cut in, the home site has been cleared, and the builders are ready to get this beautiful Timber Frame home built! Plans have been submitted and approved by the Architectural Review board, and everything is in order. The first home was designed... Read More
Utility pipes are being placed under Peregrine Ridge, the 1st road in the Wild Rock community as I write this. The pipes will be ready for hookup to local utility providers as soon at the 1st home is completed. All utilities in Wild Rock will be underground, allowing for much more scenic roads. The men... Read More