The 1 “must try” at 7 mountain resorts

Swimmer on top of inflatable tower at Wonderland Water Park, WV

 

There’s a ton of fun to be had at West Virginia resorts. So much, in fact, that you might wonder where to start. Check out these “must-try” activities:

1. Freshwater swimming

For hundreds of years, travelers have been drawn to the warm spring waters of Capon Springs, where Capon Springs and Farms resort is now. An invigorating dip in this family-run resort’s swimming pool is an activity you don’t want to miss. The pool contains no added chemicals like chlorine or bromine— just fresh spring water that bubbles out of the ground at a constant 65 degrees.

 

Aerial tramway at Pipestem, WV

2. Breathtaking views

Pipestem Resort State Park is known for its stunning views. Here you can ride the aerial tramway 3,600 feet down into scenic Bluestone River Gorge. You can go fishing or hiking, or grab a bite to eat at the remote Mountain Creek Lodge (accessible only by aerial tram), then head back up the mountain and climb the steps of the 3-story Bolar Lookout Tower, which offers a commanding view of 5 counties and 2 states in the Sun Valley.

 3. Trail riding

Discover the beauty of Cacapon Mountain from horseback at Cacapon Resort State Park. Triple C Outfitters provides guided rides of various lengths, from 1 hour to overnight. The most popular ride climbs Warm Springs Ridge, where riders typically see woodpeckers, white-tailed deer, and many other animals. You can even enjoy the trails by moonlight during special full-moon night rides.

 

Zip lining at ACE Wonderland Waterpark, WV

4. Water park

Most people come to ACE Adventure Resort to go whitewater rafting—and that’s an experience you don’t want to miss—but the outfitter’s 5-acre lake is an adventure in and of itself. Wonderland Water Park has a zip line, water slides,, and 50 huge inflatable toys you can climb, ride, or launch yourself from. A sandy beach, volleyball court and giant chess board complete the festive atmosphere.

5. CraigCat cruising

Cruise Stonewall Jackson Lake in style on a CraigCat. These compact powerboats combine the zippy speed of a jet ski with the ease of operation of a pontoon boat. Stonewall Resort Marina’s newest offering features 2 high-backed bucket seats, 4 fishing rod holders and an AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth sound system so you can enjoy your favorite tunes while you’re on the water. They’re easy to maneuver and stable in the water, not to mention loads of fun!

 

Orange poison dart frogs, the Good Zoo, WV

6. A good zoo

It’s not every resort that has its own zoo, so be sure to make time for a visit to The Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center. You’ll find more than 50 species of animals here, including cheetahs, red pandas and bald eagles. Hop aboard the C.P. Huntington Train and take a 1.5- mile ride through zoo grounds. And the little ones will love to pet the llamas, goats, and other lovable critters at the red barn!

 7. Extreme Segway

Like most people, you probably think of Segways as a relaxing means to navigate city sidewalks and paved bike paths. Leave it to Snowshoe Mountain to ramp up the experience with off-road Segway tours. These specially designed X2 models are made for rugged dirt trails. After a brief training session, your group will head out on an exhilarating tour of forested trails winding around the mountain.

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