Summer activities for the whole family in Almost Heaven

Summer is a great time to get the family together for a day in the sun. From state parks to unique attractions, there are many places to enjoy the summer in West Virginia. Whether you only have a day off or an entire week to get away, make sure to check out some of these activities in Almost Heaven:


Swimming is a great way to beat the heat on a hot summer day. Try out Ace Adventure Resort’s Wonderland Water Park. The kids can climb on the inflatables or soar on the lake’s zipline, while parents lounge in the sun or float in the lake. When it’s time for a break, check out the Lost Paddle Bar and Grill to have a snack in the shade.


Camping in a West Virginia State Park provides fun for the whole family. With options all over the state, there is bound to be a camping experience in your neck of the woods. Audra State Park has 67 campsites and a campground store. While you’re there, enjoy swimming in the Middle Fork River and a 2.7-mile hike with a boardwalk that weaves under the Alum Cave.

ATV Riding

Hit the trails with the family on the Hatfield-McCoy Trail Systems. With trailheads in seven different towns, you have plenty of lodging and restaurant options. The Devil Anse Trailhead is in Matewan, which is known for being the center of the Hatfield-McCoy feud. Matewan is home to several historic stops, like the Matewan Depot Replica Museum. If you’re ready to wind down after a day of hitting the trails, stay at one of Matewan’s cabins or bed and breakfasts.


Pack a picnic and spend the day hiking in one of West Virginia’s State Parks with the family. Blackwater Falls State Park has a more than 20 miles of hiking trails. Make sure to check out the stairs that lead to an overlook of the park’s namesake falls.

Outdoor Theater

End your summer day at a drive-in or outdoor theater. Theatre West Virginia has annual performances of Hatfields and McCoys, a retelling of the famous feud, as well as special shows. Drive-in theaters are scattered throughout the state. The Meadow Bridge Drive-In is open on weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day and shows current movies.

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This post was last updated on March 18, 2022