High atop Marsh Mountain, behind Wisp Resort’s Ski Area, lies an engineering marvel – a manmade, recirculating whitewater river that measures a third of a mile in length. Adventure Sports Center International, ASCI for short, boasts the only mountaintop whitewater river in the world.According to Mike Logsdon, Executive Director, since 2007, ASCI has served close to 12,000 guests during its mid-May to mid-October season. They provide two hour six person guided excursions in large rafts. Each raft is staffed with a professional guide, whose passion is to create a lifelong, memorable experience for both young and old.
The journey begins with each rafter getting equipped with professional grade safety equipment. After gearing up, each group receives a safety briefing from the trip’s lead guide in the Learning Pool, including paddling practice and teamwork building skills.
Once the rafters are sufficiently prepared, rafters enter into the start pool. After three laps around, guests have an opportunity to stop at Swimmer’s Rock. Guides can show interested guests how to safely jump from the rock into the gentle current and swim. At the conclusion of the two hour session, guests return to the welcoming area to view photos taken of their adventure.
Besides rafting, ASCI provides learning activities in inflatable kayak (duckie) paddling, riverboarding, beginner whitewater kayaking; and on its 550 acre Fork Run Recreation Area is rock climbing and rappelling, mountain biking, nature hikes, and geocaching.