By David Sibray
For The Fayette Tribune
OAK HILL —
Expecting increased traffic as a result of the upcoming Boy Scout Jamboree, officials at ACE Adventure Resort hope to attract more volunteers to their annual trail maintenance weekend in the New River Gorge on April 27-28.
In return for their assistance, volunteers who register for the event are accommodated free-of-charge in cabins on Saturday and Sunday nights and are provided free rental bikes for evening rides.
According to event organizer Molly Wolff, resort officials plan to double the number of maintenance projects they tackle in an effort to accommodate the Jamboree, which is expected to attract more than 20,000 scouts to the New River Gorge region July 15-24.
Wolff said the resort will host many scouts and families in its cabins and campgrounds and expects increased traffic on its trail system, which joins hiking and biking trails managed by the National Park Service as part of the New River Gorge National River.
The 1,500-acre ACE resort is located adjacent to the national parkland fewer than five miles north of the Bechtel National Scout Reserve, which will host its first national Jamboree following two years of unprecedented planning and construction.
“We expect a dramatic increase in trail use this summer, before, during, and after the Jamboree,” Wolff said.
“We’re also expecting an increase in tourism on site as a result of the visibility the event provides the national park area.”
Lodging for the trail maintenance weekend will beprovided in the resort’s Cozy Park Cabins, each of which sleeps up to four adults and two children and features a full kitchen, queen size bed, and a private outdoor hot tub.
Trail volunteers will be expected to work Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., during which lunch will be provided, and Sunday 9 a.m. to noon.
More than a dozen trails traverse the resort and descend into the New River Gorge, visiting overlooks, waterfalls and ghost towns, and all are open to the public year round from dawn until dusk, Wolff said.
Established in 1981 as American-Canadian Expeditions, ACE hosts more than 50,000 rafters annually on the New and Gauley rivers and offers more than a dozen additional outdoor-recreation venues, including zip lining, rock climbing, and ATV touring.
ACE gained worldwide notoriety in June 2012 when 183 zip-liners barreled along a 203-foot cable at its mile-long zip-line course, setting a Guinness World Record in the sport.
The resort was designated the largest adventure resort in North America by The Travel Channel in 2010, based on the number of guests it accommodates, the number of adventures it provides, and the size of its facility.
For more information or to register for the program, call 1-800-787-3982 or visit aceraft.com.