Breathtakingly Beautiful Getaway on Summersville Lake in West Virginia

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Are you looking for a breathtaking getaway on the lake? Summersville Lake in West Virginia, with its magnificent cliffs, quiet coves, and white water on the Gauley River, will make a perfect getaway for families, outdoor fans, and water sports lovers.

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Getaway Description

Summersville Lake, orthe Bahamas of West Virginia,” is the largest lake in West Virginia. It has 2,700 acres of water and over 60 miles of shoreline. The lake provides visitors with a wide array of recreational opportunities for pontoon boating, kayaking, paddling, fishing, hunting, rock climbing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. There are a number of hiking and mountain biking trails and bicycling paths, a swimming beach, picnic spots, and areas just to watch wildlife and enjoy the magnificent views. That is a paradise for nature lovers! The water is clean and clear, and the temperature of the lake is relatively warm.

You can find picturesque footpaths at Long Point, Battle Run, and Salmon Run. Don’t forget to take your camera with you. The photos will be amazing!

Babcock State Park, Carnifex Ferry State Park, and Gauley River National Recreation Area will give you additional options for a complete retreat from your busy life and will make your vacation unforgettable!

If you are a thrill-seeker, you will definitely love ACE Adventure Resort with its numerous unique activities like zip-lining, canopy tours, ATV tours, a mud obstacle course, an alpine tower, a bridge catwalk tour, various children’s activities, and the waterpark with 50 huge inflatable toys and exciting water slides. To learn more about the resort, see our post -  Thrilling ACE Adventure Resort Getaway in West Virginia.

Another must-see when you are on Summersville Lake is the 104-foot-tall Lighthouse at Summersville Lake Retreat. It is the only lighthouse in West Virginia. It provides visitors with views of Summersville Lake and the Appalachian Mountains. Open daily from 9am to 6pm.

🐶 Pets Allowed: yes

Where To Stay

Visiting the scenic Summersville Lake, you can stay at campgrounds, cabins, or hotels.

 Summersville Lake Retreat offers deluxe vacation cabins for the guests, with overlooks to Summersville Lake and all the necessary amenities the guest would need. The amenities include king- or queen-size beds, TVs, jetted tubs, showers, kitchenettes, heating and air-conditioning, front and rear decks, gas grills, and private fire-pits. All the cabins are pet friendly! The cost range is $179 – $309, depending on the type of accommodation. Good 4.0 TripAdvisor Reviews.

 La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Summersville offers the guests excellent accommodation in a great location. There are 104 spacious guest rooms with all the modern amenities, an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and a free daily buffet breakfast. The cost range is $89 – $120 for a standard room. Great 4.5 TripAdvisor Reviews.


Located in Nicholas County, near Summersville, West Virginia. Great for a family getaway near Pittsburgh, Columbus, Richmond, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Louisville, Baltimore, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Washington DC

• 3-hour drive from
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• 4-hour drive from
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• 4.5-hour drive from
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• 4.5-hour drive from
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• 5-hour drive from
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• 5-hour drive from
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• 5-hour drive from
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• 6-hour drive from
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• 6-hour drive from
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• 6-hour drive from
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