The 1 “Must Try” At 9 Mountain Resorts

There’s a ton of fun to be had at West Virginia’s resorts—especially when the warmth of summer arrives. So much so, in fact, that you might wonder where to start. Check out these “must-try” activities:

1. Freshwater Swimming

For hundreds of years, travelers have been drawn to the warm spring waters of Capon Springs, now home to Capon Springs and Farms, a family-fun resort in the Eastern Panhandle. An invigorating dip in this all-inclusive resort’s swimming pool is an activity you don’t want to miss. The sparkling water of Capon’s pool contains no added chemicals like chlorine or bromine—just fresh spring water that bubbles out of the ground at a constant 65 degrees. Warm-up after your exhilarating swim at the resort’s Hygeia Bath House & Spa with a perfectly warmed soak.

2. Aerial Adventures

Pipestem Resort State Park is known for its stunning views and is the state’s premier family adventure park. Get a better look at the surrounding oasis on a zip-line tour at Pipestem Peaks. Travel 1600 feet through the air and reach speeds of up to 50 mph as you soar through the treetops. Cap off your retreat with a stay at the resort’s newly renovated lodge or book a modern vacation cabin for the night.

3. Field Archery Fun

Want to test out your aim? At Resort at Glade Springs, you can try your hand at field archery in the resort’s lush forests. With 3D targets tucked away in this wooded oasis, you can take aim regardless of your skill level. The fun doesn’t stop there though! Enjoy bowling, escape rooms, swimming, canoeing and more at this fan-favorite resort located in perfect proximity to the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve.

4. Water Park Exploration

Most people come to ACE Adventure Resort to go whitewater rafting—and that’s an experience you don’t want to miss—but the outfitter’s 5-acre lake is an adventure in and of itself. Wonderland Water Park has a zip line, water slides, and 50 huge inflatable toys you can climb, ride, or launch yourself from. A sandy beach, volleyball court and giant chess board complete the festive atmosphere.

5. CraigCat Cruising

Cruise Stonewall Resort State Park‘s lake in style on a CraigCat. These compact powerboats combine the zippy speed of a jet ski with the ease of operation of a pontoon boat. Stonewall Resort Marina’s newest offering features 2 high-backed bucket seats, 4 fishing rod holders and an AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth sound system so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while you’re on the water. They’re easy to maneuver and stable in the water, not to mention loads of fun!

6. A Good Zoo

It’s not every resort that has its own zoo, so be sure to make time for a visit to The Good Zoo at Oglebay. You’ll find more than 50 species of animals here, including cheetahs, red pandas and bald eagles. Hop aboard the C.P. Huntington Train and take a 1.5- mile ride through zoo grounds. And the little ones will love to pet the llamas, goats and other lovable critters at the red barn!

7. Historic Bunker Tours

The Greenbrier is home to more than luxe accommodations and world-class dining. Beneath the surface, a once top-secret Cold War bunker, built by the United States government, can now be toured by visitors. Built to house all 535 members of Congress in case of a nuclear disaster, this 112,544-square-foot bunker has decontamination chambers, operating rooms, a tv reporting area and many more unique spaces. On your next stay at America’s Resort, be sure to take a tour of this historic landmark.

8. Float Fishing

The cool and shady waters of the New River provide the ideal habitat for attracting fish, making it the perfect angler’s destination. Join Adventures on the Gorge for a float fishing trip in the new national park—choosing from a one-day adventure or a three-day overnight excursion. You will get your fill of catches and stunning vies as you explore the gorge.

9. Horseback Trail Rides

Discover the beauty of Cacapon Mountain from horseback at Cacapon Resort State Park. Triple C Outfitters provides guided rides of various lengths, from 1 hour to overnight. The most popular ride climbs Warm Springs Ridge, where riders typically see woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, and many other animals. You can even enjoy the trails by moonlight during special full-moon night rides.

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This post was last updated on May 19, 2022