♦ Packages are available for all week, either half of the week, or any combination of single days.
♦ Packages with lodging check-in the day before the first field trip and check-out the day after the last field trip.
♦ We have special rate deals with our lodging partners that we pass on to you!
♦ Festival check-in is in the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat. You'll be provided a checklist, personal itinerary, name tag and other items.
♦ Birding by Butt meets at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat - coffee is on at 6am, breakfast at 8am, lunch at 11'ish, ends at 2pm.
♦ All other field trips meet for a hot buffet breakfast at 6am in an outdoor pavilion at Burnwood.
♦ Field trips depart by 7am.
♦ Transportation is provided (exception Carpool trips).
♦ Trip return times: Gold Standard and Carpools by 2pm. Premiums return by 4:30. All-Days return by 5 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles @ 7:30).
♦ Popcorn Presentations are at 3pm, then Dinner is at 6pm - both are at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat.
♦ Evening Presentations immediately follow dinner.
♦ Directions and maps are provided prior to arrival.
Carpool trips return by 2:00. Recommended for those who want a day to slip in late or slip out early for a little additional rest or sight seeing. Limited to twenty persons and two or more guides.
Gold Standard trips return by 2:00. A few are tried-and-true and a few are new; all are absolute gems. Limited to twenty-five persons and two or more guides, these trips are by bus.
Premium trips return by 4:30 and are an additional $50/person to the base package price. Limited to ten persons and two guides, these small group trips roll with us through the afternoon in deluxe transportation via suv or van.
All Day trips return by 5:00 (exception Bobolinks to Bald Eagles) and are an additional $25/person to the base package price. Limited to twenty persons and up to five guides, these trips use bus transportation.
VIP Specialty trips are first available to participants of the previous Festival, then open to everyone until seats are filled. Cranberry Flora is set up like a Premium trip and is an additional $50/person. Never Been There is set up like a Gold Standard trip.
Dinner Out means the trip (Bobolinks to Bald Eagles) will stop at a restaurant for dinner and return at approx 7:30pm. Dinner is included in the package.
Popcorn Presentations when you just can’t get enough, start at 3'ish at the Meadows at Opossum Creek Retreat and last approximately one hour – and yes... we serve popcorn!
Use Your Birding & Nature Vacation to Revitalize Your Mind and Body. Afternoons are the perfect opportunity to take personal time to relax and unwind. Spend yours as you please... napping, hot tubbing, walking, site seeing, etc. Or at a Popcorn Presentation!
♦ Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charleston, WV is approximately 60 miles (1.25 hours) from our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Raleigh County Memorial Airport (BKW) in Beckley, WV is approximately 36 miles (43 minutes) from our Opossum Creek Retreat headquarters.
♦ Car rentals are available at the airports - make arrangements in advance as they are not open 24 hours.
♦ If you choose lodging on your own, click here for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list from bed & breakfasts to campgrounds or click here for local AirBnB options.
♦ Local dining options are plentiful, click here for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau list of restaurants.
♦ In the mood for shopping local or picking up souvenirs, click for the New River Gorge Visitors Bureau shopping guide.
♦ If you forget something or want something new, we have local gear shops ACE Adventure Gear and Water Stone Outdoors, as well as Wal-Mart nearby.