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Summersville Gateway U.S. 19 North

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World-class recreation offerings await about 15 minutes north of Midland Trail near the Town of Summersville.

Summersville Dam and Lake
Take Rt. 129 from Rt. 19, north of Hico
Drive across the top of the 40-story Summersville Dam, on one the largest earth-filled dams in the world, using Route 129. On this truly unique driving experience see the 2,800-acre Summersville Lake on one side and the Gauley River Canyon on the other. Also, don't miss the drive down to the bottom of the Dam to see where you just were.

Summersville Lake was created by damming the Gauley River. Its 60-mile shoreline of towering rock cliffs and boulders created breathtaking scenery and accessible, yet challenging, rock climbing and rappelling. Camping, swimming, scuba diving, boating, water skiing and great fishing. The Gauley River Wildlife Management Area offers boating, world-class whitewater, fishing, and miles of mountain biking and hiking trails.

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park
Rt, 129, 194 Carnifex Ferry Road; 304.872.0825/800.CALL.WVA
Site of a pivotal Civil War battle. Patterson House Museum, Gauley River overlooks, reservable shelters, hiking trails, softball and volleyball areas, playground equipment, restrooms, horseshoe pits, and picnic facilities with tables and grills.

Potato Festival downtown Summersville, 2nd week in September. Celebrating the agricultural heritage of Nicholas County.

Kirkwood Grape Stomping Festival Kirkwood Winery, Philips Run Road; 304.872.7332. 3rd weekend in September. The region's first winery harvests 40 tons of grapes to produce 4,000 gallons of wine annually.

Unique Fine Dining
Unrivaled dining experiences include Cafe Acropolis, 304.872.0254, in a refurbished farm building, and great steaks at the Feedbox Saloon, 304.872.1603/877.595.5448. where diners overlook exotic animals at the 1,000-acre Good Evening Ranch, which also has a petting zoo and luxury cabins.

Summersville CVB: 304.872.3722