Summersville, a peaceful small town near the center of the state is surrounded by deep green woods. But once, life here was anything but peaceful. A state park marks the site of a decisive battle in the Civil War. The state's largest lake is located here and is a center for outdoor fun.
Summersville's Civil War history is told at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, 12 miles west of town. In 1861, 7,000 Union troops defeated a Confederate contingent. The park includes a museum with Civil War relics, hiking trails, game courts and playgrounds.
Life around Summersville changed in 1966 when the Summersville Dam opened and Summersville Lake was created. The 2,700-acre lake offers a variety of water sports including boating, knee boarding and waterskiing. Scuba-diving and snorkeling are popular at Bubbles Cove and Long Point, due mainly to the lake's clear waters. Fishing is also popular as are the hiking and biking trails around the lake. There are several campgrounds available in the 60 acres of meadowland and woods around the lake. Twice a year, a controlled release of water from Summersville Dam sends water rushing to the Gauley River to create world class whitewater rafting.
Summersville's dining options include Caledonia Caf‚, a coffee/tea house by day and pub by night that serves lunch and dinner; Up the Creek Steakhouse, located in a rustic setting and the Feedbox Saloon & Grill, fine dining with a western theme and live entertainment from local musicians and comedians. The Summersville Arena & Conference Center offers concerts by nationally known artists.
Summersville is located about 90 miles east of Charleston, WV in the central part of the state. Take I-79 north to US 19 south.