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Central West VirginiaUnited States of America

This rural area of West Virginia is known for its serene lakes, historic Civil War sites and independent boutique shops.

Also known as the “Mountain Lakes,” Central West Virginia is a peaceful oasis dotted with quaint towns and blessed with beautiful natural scenery. The region thrives on tourism to its lakeside resorts, as well as agriculture and wineries. Watch river otters in their natural habitat, go swimming on warm summer days and discover the historic battlegrounds of the Civil War.

Central West Virginia’s five lakes are Stonewall Jackson, Stonecoal, Summersville, Sutton and Burnsville. Each one promises a variety of watersports ranging from snorkeling and waterskiing to swimming. Visit Summersville Lake for its rock-climbing ledges and lighthouse tours. Try a unique form of exercise, aqua cycling, at Stonewall Jackson Lake, which was named for American Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

See where General Stonewall Jackson lived from the age of 6 at Jackson’s Mill, which is located in Weston, 30 minutes’ drive northwest of Stonecoal Lake. While in Weston, take a tour of Lambert’s Winery and sample some of their wines. Delve into the wonderful world of glass making with a visit to the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia. Call ahead to see if a glass-blowing demonstration is being held at Appalachian Glass, a great place to find one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Muster up the courage to listen to ghost stories at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum, which served as a home for the mentally ill in the 1800s. Take a flashlight tour of the empty rooms late at night.

Discover more about local military history at the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, located near the city of Summersville, where reenactment events are often held. In the small town of Burnsville, visit the Bulltown Historic Center to learn about local living conditions during the war.

Time your visit to the Mountain Lakes to attend regional events. In spring, head to Buckhannon for the Strawberry Festival, be in Ripley in summer for the Mountain State Arts & Craft Fair and sip locally produced beer in December at Snowshoe’s Winter Brew Fest.

The rural nature of the region means that renting a car is a necessity. Roads are wide, well maintained and generally easy to navigate. Plan to carry cash with you as some smaller stores and cafés won’t take debit or credit cards.

Explore a region rich in history and natural scenery during your trip to Central West Virginia.

Top Hotels in Central West Virginia

Marlinton Motor Inn
Marlinton Motor Inn
2.5 out of 5
21507 Seneca Trl, Marlinton, WV
The price is $80 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17

Situated in Marlinton, this motel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marlinton Railroad Depot, and Greenbrier River ...

3.9/5Good! (302 reviews)

"I was pleasantly surprised,the room was spacious and very clean! The staff was friendly! I came here to trout fish and it is close to a lot of different streams and lakes ! I will definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2020

Marlinton Motor Inn
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Summersville
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Summersville
2.5 out of 5
106 Merchants Walk Shopping, Summersville, WV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $70 per night from Jan 21 to Jan 22

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Summersville Regional Medical Center, Nicholas County Veterans' Memorial Park, and Nicholas ...

4.3/5Excellent! (657 reviews)

"Area convenient room clean comfortable staff nice breakfast decent"…"

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Summersville
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Marietta
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Marietta
2 out of 5
506 Pike Street, Marietta, OH
The price is $54 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Situated in Marietta, this motel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Marietta College and within 3 mi (5 km) of Riverside Artists Gallery and Washington State Community ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (985 reviews)

"The room was very clean and comfortable. The staff was nice and the parking was available and close to the front door for safety."…"

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2020

Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Marietta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Central West Virginia

Highland House
Highland House
3 out of 5
10 Snowshoe Drive, Building 6, Snowshoe, WV

Conveniently located near the ski slopes, this condo resort in Snowshoe is within 3 mi (5 km) of Snowshoe Mountain, Split Rock Pools, and Shavers Lake. Cass ...

3.9/5Very Good! (26 reviews)

"The Highland House is in an excellent location. We needed pillows and other sheets and they were very timely providing them to us."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Highland House
Stand Alone Home With a Private hot Tub. Spacious With a Garage!
Stand Alone Home With a Private hot Tub. Spacious With a Garage!
Snowshoe, WV

Situated in Snowshoe, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Split Rock Pools and Snowshoe Mountain. Shavers Lake is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great 4 bedroom at Snowshoe

"Just as listed, comfy & complete & convenient"…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Stand Alone Home With a Private hot Tub. Spacious With a Garage!
Mountaintop Condos
Mountaintop Condos
3 out of 5
10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV
The price is $81 per night from Feb 3 to Feb 4

Offering ski-in/ski-out access, this aparthotel in Snowshoe is in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Split Rock Pools and Snowshoe Mountain, and close to winter ...

3.7/5Good! (55 reviews)
I would stay there again

"The condo itself was clean everything functioned and was overall nice. The interior of the overall building was shabby and I felt like I was in some sort of prison. They are doing construction on the building which will probably fix a lot of the interior issues in the future. Overall I would recommend ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

Mountaintop Condos
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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