Image Credit: New River Birding and Nature Festival
New River Birding and Nature Festival website describes the event as, "The annual New River Birding & Nature Festival takes place in and around the New River Gorge National River in the heart of the upland, hardwood forests that Cornell Lab of Ornithology identified as a crucial stopover habitat for the continued survival of species such as Golden-winged, Blue-winged, and Swainson's Warbler, as well as the Scarlet Tanager. This bird and nature watching festival highlights more than 100 bird species on a variety of birding tours." Started in 2002, this festival is a week full of fun for the entire family.
There are options to suit almost all budgets, and packages range from a week-long stay with cabin accommodations to a single day without lodging. Prices for the event start at $225 and can go as high as $3,000 depending on lodging.
**Remember, this is a non-profit fundraising event. The Festival is the major funding source for funding the local 501C3 Fayette County Education Fund, Inc. New River Birding and Nature Festival participation supports the Fayette County Education Fund's student environmental and leadership training programs.***
Food & Entertainment
The menu for the week includes food and drinks from Bridge Brew Works, Pies and Pints, Geoff Heeter and Keith Richardson, Chef Joy Marr, Gourmet on the Gorge, and Chef Rezan Lale Nese. There are a multitude of trips and speakers offered all day, every day of the festival.