West Virginia State Parks unveiled the state’s newest aerial adventure with the first trips on a series of ziplines that lets riders soar for more than a mile above the breathtaking Bluestone National Scenic River.
“This is truly a great day for West Virginia State Parks”, said Stephen McDaniel, division of natural resources director, West Virginia State Parks. “Since day one on the job, governor justice has charged me with finding ways to improve our parks, and he has been involved every step of the way in this project. Thanks to his leadership, we are able to diversify our parks system and add out-of-this-world recreation opportunities for our park visitors and guests.”
McDaniel participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pipestem Resort in Summers County to mark the occasion. Also on hand to celebrate were tourism commissioner, Chelsea Ruby, State Parks chief, Sam England, and Paul Buechler, ACE Adventure Resort, which operates the zipline.
The partnership with ACE, announced earlier this year, represents a new era in recreation at West Virginia State Parks focused on family friendly activities to draw a new generation of visitors.