Mountain Lakes

Peaceful days, starry nights and water, water everywhere – tumbling, rippling and lapping the shores of five big lakes from which this region takes its name.

6 Regional Favorites

As you explore the Mountain Lakes, check out these favorite places:

    • Stonewall Resort: In Roanoke, this lakeside resort offers an airy Adirondack lodge, championship golf, spa, restaurants, boating and more.
    • West Virginia Wildlife Center: Watch animals interacting with their native habitat at this unique French Creek zoo. The river otter exhibit is a highlight.
    • Lambert’s Vintage Winery: In Weston, take a winery tour, then relax in rocking chairs beside the fireplace while you sip and savor.
    • Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum: Heritage and ghost tours are scheduled year ’round at this former sanctuary for the mentally ill, now a National Historic Monument in Weston.
    • Lascaux Micro-Theater: In Buckhannon, first-rate foreign and independent films are the Friday night fare at this tiny movie house.

More in Mountain Lakes

The large lakes – Stonewall Jackson, Stonecoal, Summersville, Sutton and Burnsville – offer watery fun for everyone. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling, water-skiing and boating on all five, or try aqua cycling at Stonewall Jackson Lake. Fishing, hunting, biking and birding are popular throughout the region, and rock climbers love the ledges at Summersville Lake.

Important Civil War sites include Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park in Summersville, Bulltown Historic Area in Burnsville and Jackson’s Mill, boyhood home of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, near Weston.

This region holds an abundance of arts, crafts and boutique shopping. Admirers of handcrafted glass can visit factories, outlets, a glass museum and individual artisans. In Buckhannon, Artistry on Main represents 30+ juried members. In Weston, visit Appalachian Glass. Look for brand-name bargains at Flatwoods Factory Stores.

Two of West Virginia’s most progressive chefs live and cook here. At Sutton’s Café Cimino Country Inn, Chef Tim Urbanic’s Shellfish Pescatore is the signature platter. Chef Dale Hawkins hosts alfresco farm feasts at Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave.