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Summersville, WV
Travel Guide

The rugged and wild landscapes that surround this peaceful mining town are perfect for recreation activities. 

The small settlement of Summersville lies on the banks of Summersville Lake, West Virginia’s largest lake. Go swimming, fishing, boating and scuba diving on the scenic expanse of water, hike around the surrounding countryside and learn about the Civil War history associated with the region.

Summersville is a traditional mountain town in the heart of Appalachia. Like much of West Virginia, it relies heavily on the coal industry. In the process of extracting coal, mining companies have performed “mountaintop removals,” which involves blasting parts of the mountain peaks. As you travel outside the town, look for evidence of this mining process on the mountaintops.

Enjoy the area’s many outdoor opportunities. Head to the Summersville Dam for swimming in summer. The dam also marks the start of the upper Gauley River whitewater route. Enjoy the excitement of these explosive rapids, some of which are Class V. Lower Gauley River has a more manageable, scenic course that is suited to less experienced rafters.

Go hiking or boating in the Summersville Lake Retreat and stop at the lighthouse. In 2012, this 104-foot-tall (32-meter) tower was erected overlooking the lake. Climb the 122 steps to reach a viewing gallery, where you can gaze out at the lake and mountains. The panorama is particularly pretty in autumn when the foliage changes color.

Delve into local history at the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, the site of an 1861 battle during which Union troops forced a Confederate retreat. Browse the exhibits at the Patterson Museum, open on weekends and holidays, to learn more about the history of the park site.

Sample fruit wine and corn-based spirits in a quiet rural winery settings. Other interesting activities within reach of Summersville include the Mystery Hole, a family-friendly roadside attraction with gravity-defying displays.

The Mountain Transit Authority bus service operates routes between Summersville and Lewisburg, Webster Springs and several other destinations in the area. Rent a car for the freedom to explore all the great wilderness the region offers.

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
The price is $61 per night from Apr 4 to Apr 5

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! (664 reviews)

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

Reviewed on Dec 24, 2020

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Summersville
Sleep Inn Summersville
Sleep Inn Summersville
2.5 out of 5
701 Professional Park Dr, Summersville, WV
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $79 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Summersville Regional Medical Center, Nicholas County Veterans' Memorial Park, and Nicholas Memorial ...

4.3/5Excellent! (595 reviews)

"It was fine. Nothing spectacular- convenient, checking in was easy, everything was clean and comfortable. The cable sucks but it’s WV."…"

Reviewed on Dec 18, 2020

Sleep Inn Summersville
Super 8 by Wyndham Summersville
Super 8 by Wyndham Summersville
2 out of 5
306 Merchants Walk, Summersville, WV
The price is $59 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

Situated in a state park, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Summersville Regional Medical Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Nicholas County Veterans' Memorial ...

3.4/5Good! (562 reviews)
A Great Stay

"Great ! Very comfortable bed. Very well kept room. Will be back next year."…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Super 8 by Wyndham Summersville
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.
Cabin IN THE Woods, Private AND Secluded . Well Sanitized
Cabin IN THE Woods, Private AND Secluded . Well Sanitized
Summersville, WV

Situated in Summersville, this historic cabin is 8.2 mi (13.3 km) from Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park and 9.4 mi (15.1 km) from Summersville Lake. Summersville ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (131 reviews)
Romantic getaway

"Very private, exactly what we wanted. Wonderful Host, made us feel welcomed and right at home. Will definitely be staying again in the future, already planning our next trip! 5 stars is not at all enough, highly recommend this place. I just can't say enough about it!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2021

Cabin IN THE Woods, Private AND Secluded . Well Sanitized
Barefoot Retreat at the Lake
Barefoot Retreat at the Lake
Summersville, WV

Situated in Summersville, this chalet is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Summersville Lake and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Summersville ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
Perfect getaway

"Nice and quiet, a perfect getaway for my family and I. Ended up staying an extra day! Close to almost all of the W.V. landscapes and overlooks we wanted to see, and Michael was extremely pleasant and attentive!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2021

Barefoot Retreat at the Lake
Gunner's Place
Gunner's Place
Summersville, WV

Situated in Summersville, this chalet is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) from Summersville Lake and 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Summersville ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Great experience

"We stayed for a short get-away for Valentines Day. The chalet was perfect for us, and the hot tub in the cold was incredible."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2021

Gunner's Place
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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Mar 2, 2020

Rooms do have microwave. Should be added to listing.

3/5 - Okay

AL_S.

Feb 24, 2020

Summersville is just a stopping place on our return trip from Myrtle Beach. There is limited dining in the area. We’re not there to visit Summersville, just to spend the night.

3/5 - Okay

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Feb 14, 2020

Ended up coming in kind of late The only thing that was open was Walmart

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 29, 2019

Staff was super! Had computer problems due to wind damage but she had our reservation printed out and ready despite the computer problem so check in was still very efficient

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 27, 2019

I was just passing through but it seems like a nice place.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Great 1/2 stop for us heading home from Charleston

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