Missing the beach this year? Why Tygart Lake is a perfect beach trip alternative.

Sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere. If you’ve ever tried cleaning out your car after a day at the beach with your family, you know that sand is the glitter of the ocean. No matter how hard you try, you’ll never be able to get rid of it all. If you’re like us, you need a beach trip alternative. Our solution? A lakefront getaway to Tygart Lake State Park!

There’s still a few weeks before school starts back up, so end summer on a high note and experiencing a little bit of Almost Heaven by taking yourself or your family on a relaxing waterfront vacation to Tygart Lake!

You don’t need to travel to the ocean when you have beautiful shorelines like this.

Skipping the beach doesn’t mean you have to miss out on having fun on the water

Beach trips are great when it’s hot outside and all you want to do is cool off and relax. But you don’t need to travel hundreds of miles to the ocean to beat the summer heat when you have a 1,750-acre lake with 10 miles of gorgeous shoreline right here in West Virginia.

Bring your own boat or rent one from the Tygart Lake Marina.

Located four miles south of Grafton in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in the scenic north central region of the state, Tygart Lake is a quiet destination for couples and families. But the scenic lake is only the beginning of what makes this park such a great place for a trip.

Not only does Tygart Lake have some of the most breathtaking views in the Mountain State, it has plenty of water sports to enjoy, like boating, water skiing, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Take your boat out on the water, or rent one at the Tygart Lake Marina.

And if you really want to have that beach experience without the traveling, crowds, sunburn, entrance fees (and don’t forget the sand!), Tygart Lake even has a beach. A beach in West Virginia? That’s right! Tygart Lake’s beach area is a great place for lake swimming. It’s free and open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Wednesday through Sunday. Just don’t forget to bring some sunscreen. And remember to wash off

“I wanted a place that offered outdoor fun, beautiful scenery, and local activities with the advantage of being “middle ground” distance wise and Tygart Lake was a no brainer!”

— Ree, TripAdvisor Reviewer from Washington, D.C.

A cozy place to relax and unwind…a beach trip without the crowds

Oceanfront lodging is beautiful. But have you ever tried booking a hotel right on the beach? Good luck! It’s going to be expensive and crowded, and that’s even if you can find an available room. Not so at Tygart Lake!

Skip the beach trip and enjoy a relaxing, crowd-free waterfront getaway at Tygart Lake State Park.

Tygart Lake State Park’s cozy 20-room lodge offers the waterfront views you want without the hassle of and expense of booking something on the beach. Prefer something a little more down to earth? Spend the night in one of the park’s quaint cabins or even go camping.

Whichever you choose, lakeside lodging has its benefits. Once you wake up in the morning, you aren’t far from exciting waterfront and outdoor adventures. Some cabins will even have docks soon, so you can step right outside your front door and get right on the water.

“Cabin #6: Beautiful, clean, breathtaking view, warm, cozy, private. My first visit will not be my last.”

— Belinda S., TripAdvisor Reviewer

Part of the appeal of a beach trip is having activities and dining right where you’re staying. At Tygart Lake, you don’t have to leave the park for anything. Tygart Lake has a new restaurant called The Lodge, which offers delicious meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s even weekend specials you can enjoy.

Tygart Lake really is a great beach trip alternative. Come see for yourself before summer ends. Plan your trip today!

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