Summersville Lake has been a national and international destination known for its clear blue waters and unique rock formations since opening in 1966. Located on 177 acres of the park, well-known crags and climbing areas are available to explore.
About This Park
Introducing West Virginia’s newest state park, Summersville Lake State Park. Summersville Lake State Park is the state’s first new state park to be added in more than 30 years and sits on 177 acres on the northern shore of the state’s largest lake in Nicholas County. Making history, Governor Justice signed the bill to officially designate this new state park on August 11, 2023.
Summersville Lake State Park will become West Virginia’s first state park with climbing access and the nation’s first state park with an emphasis on climbing education. The park currently features hiking and biking trails, day use picnic areas with many more planned recreational activities and amenities on the way including water activities, aerial sports, camping, cabins, and more.
Stay tuned as more activities and amenities are added to Summersville Lake State Park.
Learn More About This Historic Designation
When you arrive at Summersville Lake State Park, take advantage of the newly expanded parking area right off of US-19. Once parked and ready to explore, check out the two hiking trails and new picnic area. Visitors hoping for a photo-op will be thrilled to find a brand new “Almost Heaven” swing, crafted by Nicholas County Career and Technical Center students.
On August 6, Governor Jim Justice announced West Virginia would open its 36th state park, Summersville Lake State Park. As the newest park to open in more than 30 years, this 177-acre outdoor oasis sits on the northern shore of the state’s largest lake in Nicholas County and will be transformed into a premiere outdoor adventure park in one of West Virginia’s most iconic spots. The park currently features hiking and biking trails, a picnic area and an Almost Heaven swing, with more access to outdoor recreation opening in the coming months. Slated to be developed through an innovative public-private partnership, this park is sure to be one-of-a-kind. As this partnership continues to grow, the Division of Natural Resources will host a public meeting in the near future to receive input from the public on this project.
Read the press release that announced Summersville Lake State Park would be West Virginia’s 36th state park and learn more about the park and its amenities.
TrailsDownload Park Trail Map
Pirates Cove Trail
Pirates Cove Trail begins at the parking lot/picnic area and leads you on an easy to moderate 0.7 mile long hike to the iconic Pirates Cove area of Summersville Lake.
Note: Jumping from cliffs over 6 feet high is strictly prohibited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Distance: 0.7 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Climbers Trail begins from a point on Pirates Cove Trail near the boundary with the Corps of Engineers just above the Pirates Cove waterfall and meanders through mature woodland leading to the access to a metal stairway leading to the lake shore and rock climbing area.
Jumping from cliffs over 6 feet high is strictly prohibited by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Distance: 0.5 miles
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate