Monthly Archives: June 2012

Girl Scouts Visit NROC

NROC was pleased to welcome a troop of Girl Scouts from the Washington D.C. area.  The girls were camping in the North Fork Valley for a few days hiking, swimming, enjoying programs at The Mountain Institute and Zipping down The North Fork Valley Canopy Tour. Check out some photos from their trip!

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Father’s Day Group Visits NROC

Father and son team, Steven and Case, took on the mountains between Canaan Valley and the North Fork Valley before tackling the Via Ferrata with three other dads for the holiday. Below is a picture of the group. We’re glad you chose climbing the Via Ferrata as your way to celebrate Father’s Day!

Manny and Patricia’s Full-Moon Climb

Manny and Patricia, members of the New York City Hiking and Outdoor Adventure Group, visited us for the Full-Moon Via Ferrata Climb! Check out these awesome pictures from their adventure!

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Thanks for coming to climb the Via at Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center! Hope it was an amazing experience for you both!

New Guest Room and Yellow House Inn Photos

Hello all! We have taken some updated photos of the new guest rooms and the Yellow House Inn! These are both on-site lodging options for our customers. Here’s a little bit about each one:

Guest Rooms

The guest rooms are brand new, motel-styled, and conveniently located right above the Welcome Center. They offer beautiful views of the North Fork Valley and a comfortable night’s sleep after a long day of playing in the mountains!

For more information on the new guest rooms, click here!

Yellow House Inn

The Yellow House Inn is a lovely, 3-bedroom vacation house with all the amenities you need in a home away from home and is perfect for families and groups!

For more information on the Yellow House Inn at NROC, click here!

Check out the new photos!

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Partnering Up To Protect WV’s Natural Forest Ecology

Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center recently joined a partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Potomac Highlands Cooperative Weed and Pest Management Area (CWPMA) to work together to protect West Virginia’s natural forest ecology by combating the spread of invasive plant species. The invasive species crew, aka The Weed Warriors, spent two days treating the most prevalent invasive plants. At NROC, these plants are garlic mustard, bush honeysuckle, crown vetch, and viper’s bugloss, among others.  In addition to physically preventing the spread of invasive species, the Nature Conservancy crew will lead educational roadside walks through NROC that demonstrate the value of controlling invasive species early.

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Bachelor Party at the NFV Canopy Tour

Drew Cummings, from Buckhannon, West Virginia, had his bachelor party on the North Fork Valley Canopy Tour  at Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center! Here is what he and his friends had to say about their trip!

 “Full of laughs and excitement. It was the best part of the weekend. I would do it again in a heart beat.” – Jarren M.

“Awesome lines and awesome guides!” – Drew C.

“Spectacular adventure!!! So much fun. The experience was great and the guides add so much to the enjoyment.” – Joshua S.

Check out a few photos from their visit:

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Thanks so much, Drew, for choosing NROC as the location for your bachelor party! We’re glad you enjoyed your time here and we hope to see you again soon!

Flora and Fauna of the Week: Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis

Red-spotted Purple Limenitis arthemis can be found in deciduous or mixed forests, moist uplands valley bottoms and coastal plains. They feed on sap flows, rotting fruit, carrion, dung and occasionally nectar from small white flowers. To learn more about the species, click here.

Below are photographs of our guides, Nicole Good and Nicole Winner, holding a Red-spotted Puple that was found in the Welcome Center at Nelson Rocks Outdoor Center.

Bird Enthusiasts Visit NROC

Our Guide Nicole had this to say about the group of Bird Enthusiasts who visited from Canaan Valley May 29:

“Leaders from the Canaan Valley Birding Festival joined us for a relaxed zip through the canopy. Other guests that visited during the Canopy Tour included the yellow-billed cukoo, red-eyed vireo, scarlet tanager, and an orchard oriole.”

We’re glad you visited and hope to see you again!

Events & Adventures Group Visits NROC

The Events & Adventures group from DC came to visit NROC in late May to climb the Via Ferrata. They have visited us at least once a season and are always a joy to have!

We received some wonderful feedback from the group’s leader for the event:

“This event was amazing–my absolute favorite with [Events & Adventures] to date! The registration process was quick and painless, and the guides were great. It was a well-run, professional outfit. I would HIGHLY recommend this trip in the future.”

Thanks so much for your feedback–looking forward to seeing you all in the future!

Family Visits the Via

A family, the Pellerins, recently visited NROC and had this to say about their experience:

 “When we called there were no tours open but they managed to have an additional tour set up for us. We appreciate their flexibilty and responsiveness. This is our 3rd time at Nelson Rocks Preserve. We did the zip line last year and we came back for the Via Ferrata. We had a fabulous time, it was doable but challenging. We love the views all around, they’re spectacular! Our Guide was patient, helpful and very charming. We really enjoyed our time with Jim and we’ll be back again.” – The Pellerins

Glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again!

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