Savor every last bit of summer with a last-minute Mountain State getaway


TAYLOR COUNTY—Summer is winding down and soon it will be back-to-school time, meaning the season of vacations is coming to a close. However, there are still plenty of options for families to enjoy quick getaways right here in the Mountain State.

Whether you’re looking for a getaway with scenic beauty or a stay in a historical site, there are numerous places to stay throughout the West Virginia State Park system.

Locally, Tygart Lake State Park offers families a fun getaway, filled with serene settings and exciting activities. 

Individuals can rent one of the newly upgraded cabins, choose to rough in in the campground or enjoy a comfortable stay at Tygart Lake Lodge.

Tygart Lake cabins offer a cozy lakeside retreat, the perfect way to relax and unwind for a bit. The park offers 11 cabins, with six overlooking the cool blue waters of Tygart Lake. Some cabins are open year-round, allowing guests to experience all four seasons at the park.

Those wishing to stay in the campground can utilize tent, RV and camper options from spring through fall. With 36 individual sites, guests will be able to pick the perfect spot to set up camp.

While enjoying your stay at the Tygart Lake Lodge, you will be treated to standard amenities such as a mini fridge, microwave, coffee pot, television, phone and free WiFi, to name a few. The lodge offers a few varieties of room choices, and some are even pet friendly, so man’s best friend can come along for an adventure at the lake.

The peacefulness and serenity of Tygart Lake is the perfect place to visit and calm your thoughts. Grab your favorite book and pop a squat on one of the park’s benches for a relaxing read.

The lake also provides residents with the perfect place to do some bird watching. The Nature Center is the perfect spot for little ones to expand their minds and learn about local critters.

Pack a meal and head out to one of the numerous picnic areas that would make the perfect backdrop for a picnic. And while out and about check out one of the many areas of play, including swing sets and open space to run. 

Tygart Lake State Park offers the perfect locations to get out and go biking, running, walking and geocaching, in addition to boating, swimming, cruising the lake aboard Tygart Lake Marina’s Princess and learning about the lake’s history and taking on the water obstacle course at Tygart Adventure Lake.

For information pertaining to booking a stay or more about the offerings of Tygart Lake, please visit wvstateparks.com/park/tygart-lake-state-park/.

Speaking of adventure, make your way to the ACE Adventure Resort, located at the New River Gorge for camping, kayaking, whitewater rafting, guided adventures, another fun waterpark, ziplining, rock climbing and rappelling, a mud obstacle course, paintball, hiking, mountain biking and so much more.

ACE Adventure is perfect for any individual, family or larger group looking for an easy-to-book last-minute getaway. With reasonably priced campsite rentals and plenty of RV sites, there’s no better way to take in the fresh air and beautiful WV scenery.

ACE even has a program where individuals may rent camping gear and it will be set up prior to their arrival, taking the fuss out of the fun!

What better way to end summer than embracing the outdoors while roasting marshmallows and sitting across a campfire and stargazing beneath mountain night skies.

For more information about ACE Adventure Resort, be sure to log onto aceraft.com.

These are just two of the many options available for a fun, family getaway right here in the Mountain State, affording families and individuals the ability to get the most of their summer vacations before school starts back up.

More mini Mountain State vacation locations and ideas may be found by visiting the West Virginia State Park website at wvstateparks.com.

So, what are you waiting for? Start planning an end-of-summer trip now, and experience all that Almost Heaven has to offer!

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