Plan Your Summer Watersports Getaway

Beat the summer heat and cool off with a getaway to the Mountain State. Let West Virginia’s freshwaters ignite your passion for adventure and soothe your mind and soul. From whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, fishing, paddle boarding and much more, there’s an endless supply of water sport options here in our home among the hills.

Read on for some insider tips on how to plan your Almost Heaven watersport getaway today.

Whitewater Rafting Fun

There’s no better place to experience whitewater rafting this summer than West Virginia, home to the highest density of whitewater runs in the country. Explore America’s newest National Park and Preserve by rafting through the state’s most popular whitewater destination, the New River Gorge. The rapids here range from Class I, wonderful for beginners, to Class V, thrilling even for the experts. So, set out for a relaxing family float or challenge some of the wildest whitewater for yourself, either way you’re sure to have a summer getaway that you’ll never forget.

Fuel up for a day of rafting with a hearty breakfast from Wood Iron Eatery or Cathedral Cafe. Replenish and unwind with dinner and a local brew from Pies & Pints or The Station. Also, make sure to check out all the unique shops and historic charm that downtown Fayetteville has to offer. Experience endless activities and luxury accommodations with a stay at one of the area’s resorts such as ACE Adventure Resort or Adventures on the Gorge.

Serene Days On the Water

Gather the entire family and round up all your friends. Everyone can be a part of your getaway to Cheat Lake with a Pontoon boat from Sunset Beach Marina, which holds up to 10 people. Nestled within a scenic cove, the marina is equipped with everything you need from supplies and gasoline to mechanics and even lodging. Allow this getaway to create memories of a lifetime as you enjoy West Virginia’s natural beauty with an exciting day spent cruising around the water. Make your trip last as long as you’d like, as renting options range from two to eight hours.

Continue on in the water sports theme with a tasty bite from nearby Lake House Restaurant or Dockside Grill. Partake in a sweet treat or caffeinated drink with a stop by Almost Heaven Desserts & Coffee Shop.

Paddling Adventures

Kick-off your summer with a breathtaking getaway to Tygart Lake, found just outside of Grafton. Tygart Lake State Park is famously known for its 1,750-acre lake surrounded by scenic mountain views, ideal for a day full of kayaking. Bring your own kayak or stop by the marina and find the perfect one to rent along with additional supplies and concession foods. The park also provides a variety of lodging options, making your watersport getaway planning a breeze.

Dine within the lodge’s full-service restaurant or have your delicious meal paired with a dockside view. For your overnight stay, choose between a personal cabin retreat, a room in the lakeside lodge or camp out beneath the stars at one of its many sites. No matter your choice, finding peace is a guarantee.


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This post was last updated on June 14, 2022