When we decided to go to New River Gorge, we did not expect to see other beautiful spots along the way. One of the many attractions that we saw before going to our destination is the Summersville Lake.
Summersville Lake is a reservoir located in the US state of West Virginia. The lake is formed by a rock-fill dam on the Gauley River, south of Summersville in Nicholas County.
While driving, we saw a huge lighthouse and so we stopped there. It was a camping ground that is part of many activities you can do when in Summersville Lake. Since we are only on our one-day road trip, we continued to drive to see the lake after taking a couple of photos of the lighthouse.
Just looking at the vegetation on the way, it makes for a relaxing trip already. Seeing the green surrounding is something that I won't get tired of seeing when traveling in our own state. I have been to a road trip in southwest and the desert-like surrounding is a bit depressing to me although the rock formation in those areas are beautiful.
On our way to see the lake, we stopped at the overlook and watch the people enjoying some boat ride for a while. The view was spectacular.
If we have to go back there again, I would love to go on a boat ride and enjoy other activities. I think that you can see both views from both sides when you travel by boat.
The superb water quality and sheer sandstone cliffs make this place a unique place to visit. I believe this is West Virginia's largest lake. Summersville Lake has over 28,000 acres of water and 60 miles of shoreline.
The list below are some of the favorite activities that visitors can do in Summersville Lake:
- fishing for large- and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish, (trout are stocked below the dam in the spring and fall)
- scuba diving,
- hunting, and
- biking a
- Technical rock climbing and whitewater rafting are also available year round
The kids did not bring their swimwear so we did not stop by at the actual park where you can swim. There were so many people swimming that day that we couldn't find a parking spot so after seeing the park, we continued to drive to Hawksnest State Park..
To continue sharing our adventure in West Virginia, next post will be the Hawksnest Park where we went on a boat ride and see the New River Gorge. I realized that I have been slacking in posting our adventures so I have a pile of it in my draft already. So to start my November right, I am kicking off with this one. I hope you enjoy seeing the different part of my Wild and Wonderful state of West Virginia.