Located in the heart of West Virginia, the city of Summersville is surrounded by beautiful waters with outdoor exploration at every corner. Try your hand at scuba diving, whitewater rafting, paddle boarding and kayaking or just relax on the lake in a boat all day. Or visit the breathtaking Summersville Lake Lighthouse, the only light house in West Virginia, and take a tour. Either way Summersville is the perfect place for an amazing adventure.


Fun and casual dining places come by the handfuls in Summersville. Maloney’s Pub is a premier sports bar located in downtown Summersville. Find fan favorites like buffalo chicken dip, traditional wings with a variety of sauces and tasty BLTs. Or try Deep Water Grill, a family friendly restaurant serving an extensive menu of burgers, wings, and so much more. For the craft beer lovers, stop by Craft Kings. They offer hand crafted lunch and dinner options combining world fusion cuisine with Appalachian comfort featuring West Virginia craft beers.


Visit the beautiful Kirkwood Winery and Isaiah Morgan Distillery and take a tour of the vineyards, winery and distillery. West Virginia’s only made and produced bourbon whiskey can be found here. The state-of-the-art Summersville Arena and Conference Center, a 73,000 square foot multi-use facility, brings great entertainment and events to the area.


You can find just about anything you’re looking for in Summersville. Stop by the Mountain Lake Campground and Cabins Country Store and More to browse their selection of candles, primitives, home and garden décor, clothing and souvenirs. For boutique and formal wear pop into Tennile’s. You can find unique antiques and furniture at Back in Tyme Antiques. And Lucky’s Outdoors is the destination for all your outdoor hunting gear.


Nicknamed the “Little Bahamas of the East” Summersville Lake has more than 2,800 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline, which makes it West Virginia’s largest lake. Sarge’s Dive Shop is the perfect place to go swimming, snorkeling, kayaking and paddle boarding. They even offer lake tours and diving charters. To get an uninterrupted 360-degree view of the lake, check out the Summersville Lighthouse. Yes, landlocked West Virginia has a lighthouse! Visitors who climb the 122 steps will be rewarded with an unforgettable view.


Located on the rim of the Gauley River and minutes away from Summersville Lake, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is an official Civil War Discovery site. On September 10, 1861 Union troops engaged the Confederates and forced them to evacuate an entrenched position on the Henry Patterson Farm which overlooked Carnifex Ferry. The Confederate commander, Brigadier General John B. Floyd, retreated across the ferry to the south side of the Gauley River and on eastward to Meadow Bluff near Lewisburg. This Civil War battle represented the failure of a Confederate drive to regain control of the Kanawha Valley. As a result, the movement for West Virginia statehood proceeded without serious threat from the Confederates. Today, the park offers picnicking, hiking trails, a softball field, a volleyball court, horseshoe pits and the Patterson House Museum.


Located on 20 acres of semi secluded wilderness, Chalets at the Lake feature distinctive A-frame cabins, perfect for the wooded environment of the Gauley River National Recreation Area and the New River Gorge region. Summersville Lake Retreat and Lighthouse also offer unique A-frame cabins. Tastefully decorated to compliment your stay at the lake, you’ll be surprised at the amenities provided, like full equipped kitchens, satellite TV and WiFi. Some cabins even come with fireplaces and hot tubs. 

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