Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Summersville Lake, West Virginia

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.
We stayed there for about ten minutes and enjoy the  fresh  air and  and the beautiful view.
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:
  • Boating, 
  • water-skiing, 
  • swimming, 
  • fishing for large- and smallmouth bass, walleye, panfish, and catfish, (trout are stocked below the dam in the spring and fall) 
  • scuba diving, 
  • picnicking, 
  • hunting, and 
  • biking a
  • Technical rock climbing and whitewater rafting are also available year round

For those who love these outdoor activities, Summersville Lake is definitely a perfect place.
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.


  1. What a beautiful lake! There's so much to see and do. This would be a great place to visit with the kids. They'd love it.

  2. Always a nice surprise to find a beautiful place you didn't know about. Visiting lighthouse is always fun. The lake area is beautiful.

  3. This looks like a fun place! It's been ages since I've been by a lake. I would enjoy a boat ride.

  4. That is a shame you didn't bring your swim suits. Looks like you had a wonderful road trip anyway though.

  5. Summersville Lake looks so clean and pristine. It's a good tourist attraction to go to while on vacation. I wonder, how deep is the water?

  6. I love it when I go on a road trip and I find something unexpected that is also beautiful. That is one of the reasons why I like going on road trips. You discover so many more things than if you fly everywhere.

  7. My great grandmother is from West Virginia and I've visited this area a few times. The River Gorge area is such a beautiful part of the country any time of the year but especially during the Fall and Winter. Great pics!

  8. Wow what an absolutely beautiful looking lake, it looks like there is so much to explore as well as it just being a nice place to sit and relax.

  9. That is a such a picturesque lake. It looks like the perfect place to spend a day.

  10. Summersville Lake looks like a beautiful place. These photos are so pretty. I will have to check it out the next time we are in the area.

  11. Gosh, what a beautiful part of WV. I drive through the state a lot but I need to explore it and take in the sights more often.

  12. Wow, that area of West Virginia is beautiful. I love the sandstone cliffs, they make for beautiful scenery.

  13. What an absolutely beautiful spot. I love the scenic views your were able to capture of Summerville Lake. Perfect photos to look back upon now that it is getting chilly...

  14. What a beautiful place to take a family vacation! This is only a few hours from my house so I will have to plan a visit soon! Thank you for sharing.

  15. Lakes can be very relaxing to relax near or walk around. They can be interesting and offer some really nice photo opportunities.

  16. I'm a huge fan of any kind of water activity, so that place looks ideal to me! It's so pretty, and I'd love to go visit.

  17. Wow, those views are stunning! I've driven through West Virginia and I'm always in awe of the views along the way!

  18. What beautiful pictures! It looks like a great place to visit for the whole family which is so important!

  19. West Virginia is one of the prettiest states. My husband would totally be cliff jumping off those cliffs! He looks for thrills! lol


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