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Guest Column: Celebrating a welcoming lifestyle and adventure


Have you ever thought about the advantages of a small region like Beckley-Raleigh County, W.Va.?

A place like ours is overflowing with nice folks, colorful culture and plenty of outdoor adventure. It doesn’t take long to feel welcomed by our authentic hospitality, where people still make eye contact and smile while going about their day-to-day business. Combine that with outdoor recreation experiences such as world class whitewater rafting in the nation’s newest national park, golfing among championship courses, guided rock climbing, and culture-rich tours to make our little neck of the woods the perfect place to stay a while.

The New River Gorge region is frequented by some of the top adventure athletes in the world. Chris Sharma, rock climbing’s most legendary athlete, said the “Perfect Rock Climb” is in the NRG.