Chock full of recreation, from rock climbing to scuba diving to swimming, this Summersville, West Virginia, offers plenty of adventure. 

Stand-up paddleboarders on Summersville Lake in Summersville, West Virginia (photo courtesy of Visit Southern West Virginia)

Holding the distinction of being the largest lake in West Virginia, the 2,700-surface-acre Summersville Lake offers 60 miles of shoreline and plenty of recreation on and along the water. Visitors can rent a pontoon boat from either Summersville Lake Marina or Summersville Lake Retreat (a nearby campground). Kayaks and paddleboards can be rented from Summersville Lake Marina or Lakeside Outfitters. For the more adventurous, scuba gear is available at Sarge’s Dive Shop. Families can enjoy sunbathing on the Battle Run Recreation Area’s sand beach, while rock climbers can choose from 500 available routes along the lake. If you want to make your visit a multiple-day experience, camping is available at the RV-friendly Summersville Lake Retreat or the Mountain Lake Campground, where travelers can also find lakeside cabin rentals. (marina address) 1706 Airport Rd., Summersville, West Virginia 26651, 304/872-1331,