- The list below includes 36 free or cheap things to do in or near Ansted, West Virginia, including 40 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Rafting, Movie Theaters and History Museums.
- From Hawks Nest State Park to Adventures On the Gorge, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ansted and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Lansing, Beckley, Fayetteville and Summersville.
Visitors to Hawks Nest State Park, can stay in the lodge, eat at the restaurant featuring home-style meals, fish in Hawks Nest Lake, and experience the canyon's whitewater rafting. Visitors to the park often see hawks, turkey vultures, black vultures, bald eagles, golden eagles and peregrine falcons.
Adventures on the Gorge is an all-inclusive resort. At the resort, visitors can take whitewater-rafting trips on the New River, experience a canopy tour, play in the TimberTrek Aerial Adventure Park, eat at one of the three restaurants and loges, and stay in the campground or cabins.
Since 1980, owner Steve Campbell presented guests with outside adventures including whitewater rafting. Now Rivermen is part of the Adventures on the Gorge operation, and offers many outdoor recreation opportunities and lodging.
Wildwater Expeditions is a white water rafting company that offers a variety of services. It features guided rafting trips for visitors of all experience levels, and also offers off-water activities like ziplining and rock climbing.
The New River Gorge Bridge is the longest steel span in the Western Hemisphere and the third highest in the United States. In October, the bridge is the home to Bridge Day, West Virginia's largest one-day festival, and one of the largest extreme sport events in the world.
On a TreeTops Canopy Tour, visitors navigate ten ziplines, five cable bridges, one rappel station, and stop on stationary tree platforms to see overviews of Mill Creek. Visitors also see wildlife from a treetop level.
New and Gauley River Adventures offers whitewater rafting on the New River and Gauley River. In addition, the company offers river trips, kayaking, horseback riding, biking, ziplining, rock climbing, hiking, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, caving, ATV tours, and other outdoor adventures, along with offering cabins.