In a world that stays so busy, it's nice to know that there are places where you can still hear the wind through the trees, the sound of water pouring over the rocks, and the stillness of a sunset. We invite you to explore Summers County where you'll find the quiet in our parks, our waters, and our small towns.
We find ourselves forever fortunate to have thousands of acres in which to play. Whether you seek quiet solitude or screaming fun, lakeside campsites or cozy cabins, lots of amenities or the simple rustic life, our parks have you covered.
Perched atop the scenic Bluestone Gorge, Pipestem Resort State Park offers all of the tranquility that you'd expect from West Virginia, along with all of the amenities that you've grown accustomed to. With miles of trails, and a ton of adventure, this park is perfect for family get-togethers or even some alone time. Tee off at a picturesque 18 hole Championship Golf Course, tour the treetops on the world class Pipestem Peaks Zipline, or experience the beauty of the trails on horseback. Cool off at Splash Park & Adventure Lake and entertain the little ones for hours! Hungry? Pipestem's dining options include Bluestone Dining Room with an amazing mountain view, Mountain Creek Dining Room along the Bluestone River, Black Bear Grill & Lounge, and Tramway Sweets & Treats. With plenty of activities Pipestem never disappoints, and has been a favorite vacation spot for many families, year after year.
Ahhh... the beauty of Bluestone! Picture yourself in a cabin in the woods with the perfect lake view. This is what you'll find at Bluestone State Park. Nestled in the mountains along the Bluestone National Scenic River and Bluestone Lake, a visit to Bluestone will leave you relaxed and wanting more! There are plenty of trails for getting back to nature, and a pretty awesome pool too, complete with a kiddie pool and waterfall! Boating, fishing, camping, and hiking are the go to activities here.
Summers County is where the term "confluence" got its name! (Okay maybe not, but it should be!) The Bluestone National Scenic River, the New River Gorge National River, and the Greenbrier River all join forces here. The New provides low key rapids that are perfect for family friendly floats. Looking for a waterfall? Sandstone Falls is the largest waterfall on the New, and is a favorite stop for locals and tourists. And no matter how full the parking lot is, you are still able to find a little nook all to yourself. The Bluestone River is 77 miles long, with 10.5 of those miles protected by the National Park Service. It is also part of the Wild and Scenic River System. Plan a float trip with Pipestem Adventures to experience this impressive and biologically diverse river and gorge, or explore by land along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail.
Need a lake for your boat? Look no further than Bluestone Lake. With 2,040 surface acres on which to play, there's plenty of room to roam! The eagles love it here, and the odds of spotting one are pretty good. Tucked away at Pipestem Resort State Park is where you'll find the lovely Long Branch Lake. It is ideal for paddling and fishing, and it's not surprising to see a fisherman or two with a creel full of trout. In the summer, a small portion of the lake transforms into Adventure Lake, a water playground where you'll have loads of fun playing on a variety of giant inflatables.
Our Small Towns...
No parking problems here! And, that's just one of the many benefits of small town life. The Hinton Historic District is a "one-stop-light" town surrounded by an abundance of outdoor recreation, and loads of railroad history. You can discover some of that history at the Railroad Museum or the CFM House Museum. Stroll the sidewalks and enjoy the eclectic architecture, find a treasure in one of the shops, catch a movie at the restored Ritz Theater, take a Walking Tour, or walk the bridge over the New River. Hinton is a unique little town that is just far enough off of the beaten track.
Talcott is the "blink and you'll miss it" kind of town, but is well worth the visit for the story it has to tell. That story being one of railroad history and the great legend of John Henry. The John Henry Historical Park pays homage to the folk legend through a variety of informational kiosks. The park is located at the Great Bend Tunnel where John Henry's infamous battle with the steam drill took place. Further up the road a piece, you'll find the John Henry Museum that houses artifacts from the early railroad days, as well as a great little gift shop.
Whether your idea of time away means time for yourself or time with family and friends, we are certain you'll be glad you found the place #WherePeacefulMeetsPlayful.