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Travel Directory: Things To Do in Summersville, WV

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Things To Do in Summersville, WV 



1.    "Little Bahamas of the East":   West Virginia's largest lake is Summersville Lake and is perfect for boating, kayaking, fishing, swimming and jet skiing.   The lake is also known as "The Little Bahamas of the East" by Skin Diver Magazine, making it perfect for scuba diving.  So, come on over and enjoy warm water temperatures and an average summertime visibility of 20-45 feet.  There is thriving aquatic life darting among the underwater formations and three sunken boats to explore.   

2.  Did you say rock climbing?    Yes, Summersville Lake is internationally famous for rock climbing.  With 2800 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline, much of its shore is lined with towering rock cliffs and boulders, which offer breathtaking scenery and some of the most accessible, and yet challenging rock climbing and rappelling in the United States.  

3.  The Lighthouse: Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse is an unique lighthouse overlooking Summersville Lake and is made from 72,000 pounds of structural steel from a recycled wind tower.  It stands over 100 feet and has 122 steps to the top to reach a 360 degree gallery deck offering unparallel views of Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.  

4.  History:  Enjoy Civil War History at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, which is the site of a Civil War battle.  There is also a museum, the Henry Patterson Museum, where you will find many Civil War artifacts.  

5.  Wine and Distillery Tours: Take a tour of Kirkwood Winery and the Isaiah Morgan Distillery.  Enjoy a tasting of some of the 30 different wines.  

6.  Want More To Do:   Bring your hiking boots and enjoy one of many trails, ranging from beginner to advanced.  Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy beautiful scenery and some historical sites along the way.  Throw in the golf clubs and enjoy 9 holes at the Nicholas Memorial Golf Course or Cherry Hill Country Club in Richwood.  Take the kiddos to enjoy a round of miniature golf at Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins.  

7.  Explore:  Take time to explore Richwood and the Monongahela National Forest.  It is an outdoor Mecca with hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, camping and a beautiful scenic drive.  Or take a drive 25 miles south and visit the New River Gorge Bridge or just take in the beautiful scenery at one of the overlooks surrounding Summersville Lake.  

8.  Budget Friendly:  Accommodations to fit any budget--hotels, cabins and camping under the stars.  Restaurants range from fast food to fine dining.  Enjoy Italian/Greek food at Cafe Acropolis, fire brick oven delights at Long Point Grille and Bar, and Maloney's Sports Bar and Grille, a sports bar with a flair of the Mountaineer Spirit.  Save room for ice cream from Fat Eddie's.  Shop for souvenirs, primitives and antiques.  

Summersville, WV
Summersville, WV
9.  Powell's Mountain Goat:  While traveling on Rt. 19 South, look for the famous Powell's Mountain Goat.  You can find her in the cliffs or along the road between mile markers 52.5-53.  Stop by and say hello and get a photo.  

10.  Stay awhile: Visit and download a Visitor's Guide with a complete list of fairs and festivals for the year.   Visit for a complete list of events at the facility--dinner theatres, sporting events, trade shows and more.  


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