Centrally located in the mountains of West Virginia, Summersville offers endless opportunities for fun-filled days enjoying beauty, adventure, history and relaxation. The city is the home of the state's largest lake, Summersville Lake, which is a beautiful clear water lake stretching over 60 miles of shoreline and 2800 acres of water. Water temperatures are warm and visibility is 20-45 feet. Come on over...it is almost heaven!
Boat rentals are available at Summersville Lake Marina and Summersville Lake Retreat. Enjoy pontoons, kayaks, and canoes. And, speaking of the lake, the fish are jumping! Hook large and small mouth bass, walleye, panfish, catfish and trout stocked in the spring and fall.
Summersville Lake is the perfect place for scuba diving and has been called "The Little Bahamas of the East" by Skin Diver Magazine. Divers will marvel at the aquatic life darting among the underwater formations and will want to search for the three boats at the bottom of the lake.
And, what about rock climbing? Summersville Lake has become internationally famous for the enormous number of vertical cliffs available to climb or rappel. The rock is composed of Nuttall Sandstone and the cliffs range from 30-80 feet in height and the walls range from slightly overhanging to extremely overhanging.
Be sure to save time to climb the 122 steps to the top of the Summersville Lake Retreat Lighthouse, overlooking beautiful Summersville Lake. Who would have thought a land locked state would have a lighthouse? And it is a working lighthouse, with a light at the top that stretches 30 miles over the lake.
After spending a day at the lake, spend the rest of your vacation hiking one of the many trails or maybe golfing on one of the nine hole courses. Or, take the kiddos for a round of miniature golf at Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins. Enjoy some Civil War History and visit the Patterson Museum at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Take a tour of Kirkwood Winery and the Isaiah Morgan Distillery and taste some of the 30 different wines.
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There are many beautiful overlooks to see and save time to bring home a few souvenirs. There are primitive shops, antiques, retail, and even an old fashioned hardware store, Hardman's Hardware, in downtown Summersville. If you are a quilt enthusiast, stop by the Quilt Shoppe for some supplies.
There are a host of festivals in the summer and fall and check out the event schedule at the Summersville Arena & Conference Center. Summersville is easy to navigate and offers a large selection of lodging to match any budget. Restaurants range from fast food to fine dining. For more information, visit www.summersvillecvb.com to download a Visitor's Guide or learn more about the local highlights.