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Summersville is a town located in central West Virginia's Nicholas County. As of the 2000 census, the town had a population of 3,194. Summersville is surrounded by pristine waters that flow down from the surrounding mountains. It's home to Summersville Lake, which is the largest lake in West Virginia, with 28,000 acres of water and over 60 miles of shoreline. Summersville Lake offers fishing, boating, water-skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving. It serves as the eastern, upstream end of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. Other activities in the area include hiking, biking, picnicking and camping. Rock climbing and whitewater rafting are also available with scheduled whitewater releases below the dam on the world class Gauley River. Adjacent to the lake is a campground with cabins and RV hookups, access to fishing, showers, restrooms, a playground, swimming and picnicking areas. Launch ramps for boats area located at Battle Run, Salmon Run, Long Point Area and the Picnic Area. A marina is located at the Long Point Area and a visitor center is located at the Information Office at the lake. Summersville is also home to an annual Potato Festival and the Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is located nearby. The town of Summersville also has the distinction of being a well known "speed trap" along U.S. Route 19. In 2001, the local police department issued 18,133 tickets.

Surrounding areas: Hico, West Virginia (14.1 mi), Fayetteville, West Virginia (20.9 mi), Glen Ferris, West Virginia (21.6 mi), Rough Run, West Virginia (23.9 mi), Oak Hill, West Virginia (26.2 mi), Sam Black Church, West Virginia (29.0 mi), Glen Jean, West Virginia (29.4 mi)

Summersville Vacation Rentals

Summersville Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Summersville Lake Motor Lodge1203 S Broad StSummersville, WV (304) 872-6900
Comfort Inn903 Industrial Dr NSummersville, WV (304) 872-6500
Country Inn & Suites106 Merchants WalkSummersville, WV (304) 872-0555
Hampton Inn-summersville5400 Webster RdSummersville, WV (304) 872-7100
Mountain State MotelSummersville, WV (304) 872-2702
Sleep Inn701 Professional Park DrSummersville, WV (304) 872-4500
Super 8 Motel-summersville306 Merchants WalkSummersville, WV (304) 872-4888
Summersville Motor InnMT Nebo, WV7.7 mi.(304) 872-5151
Lowery's MotelCraigsville, WV11.3 mi.(304) 742-5390
Coffman's MotelBirch River, WV15.9 mi.(304) 649-2297
Four Seasons LodgeRR 39/55 Marlinton RdRichwood, WV17.8 mi.(304) 846-4605
Four Seasons LodgeMarlinton RdRichwood, WV17.8 mi.(304) 846-4605
Quality Inn New River GorgeUs Rt 19 And Laurel Creek RdFayetteville, WV20.9 mi.(304) 574-3443
Rainelle Motor Lodge906 Main StRainelle, WV21.9 mi.(304) 438-8571
Ponderosa LodgeRt 60 & Rt 2Rainelle, WV22.1 mi.(304) 438-7113
Holiday Inn Oak Hill340 Oyler AveOak Hill, WV25.8 mi.(304) 465-0571
Super 8 Motel No 140509020 Fayette Landings Shopping CenterOak Hill, WV26.7 mi.(304) 465-0010
Super 89020 Fayette LandingOak Hill, WV26.7 mi.(304) 465-0010
Sutton/Gassaway Microtel Inn & Suites115 Reston PlGassaway, WV27.4 mi.(304) 364-6100
Dawson Inn2625 Lawn RdMeadow Bridge, WV29.2 mi.(304) 392-6661
Bed & Breakfast
Glen Ferris InnRt 60 EGlen Ferris, WV21.6 mi.(304) 632-1111

Summersville Weather & Climate

South-Central West Virginia is dominated by a humid continental climate, due to its geographical location in the higher elevations. Summers are very warm and humid and winters are cold and snowy. The humid continental climate is marked by variable weather patterns and a large seasonal temperature variance. Summers are often warm and humid with frequent thunderstorms and winters can be very cold with frequent snowfall and persistent snow cover. The seasonal temperature variance is typically 25-35C (45-63F) and increases as one moves further inland. Places with at least four months of average daily temperatures above 10C (50F) and at least one month below 0 C (32F) or -3 C (26F) depending on source, and which do not meet the criteria for an arid or semiarid climate, are classified as humid continental.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 38°F 19°F 3.63 in. -
February 42°F 20°F 3.05 in. -
March 51°F 28°F 3.90 in. -
April 62°F 36°F 3.79 in. -
May 70°F 46°F 4.77 in. -
June 77°F 55°F 4.44 in. -
July 81°F 59°F 5.53 in. -
August 79°F 58°F 4.71 in. -
September 74°F 52°F 3.59 in. -
October 63°F 39°F 3.31 in. -
November 53°F 31°F 3.27 in. -
December 42°F 23°F 3.49 in. -

Summersville Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Raleigh County Memorial airport (BKW) located about 37 miles southwest of Summersville in Beckley, West Virginia, the Greenbrier Valley airport (LWB) located approximately 38 miles southeast of Summersville in Lewisburg, West Virginia, the Yeager airport (CRW) located roughly 40 miles west of Summersville in Charleston, West Virginia, and finally Ingalls Field (HSP) located around 59 miles southeast of Summersville in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Summersville Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Camden ParkHuntingtonWV86.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Nicholas Memorial Golf CourseSummersvilleWV 
Cherry Hill Country ClubRichwoodWV18.0 mi.
Hawks Nest State Park Golf CourseGauley BridgeWV20.1 mi.
Bridge Haven Golf ClubFayettevilleWV20.9 mi.
Greenbrier Hills Golf ClubRainelleWV22.8 mi.
Mountain View Golf CourseWebster SpringsWV27.3 mi.
Sandy Brae Golf CourseClendeninWV29.8 mi.
Ski Areas
WinterplaceFlat TopWV49.8 mi.
The HomesteadHot SpringsVA58.8 mi.
Canaan ValleyDavisWV74.0 mi.
MassanuttenHarrisonburgVA108.1 mi.
Wintergreen ResortWintergreenVA109.7 mi.
Bryce ResortBasyeVA117.1 mi.
Wisp Ski AreaMchenryMD119.5 mi.
State Parks
Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State ParkWV7.0 mi. 
Hawks Nest State ParkWV17.9 mi. 
Babcock State ParkWV21.1 mi. 
Grandview State ParkWV32.5 mi. 
Droop Mountain Battlefield State ParkWV33.8 mi. 
Beartown State ParkWV35.5 mi. 
Sandstone Falls State ParkWV36.8 mi. 
Holly River State ParkWV38.5 mi. 
Little Beaver State ParkWV39.4 mi. 
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine and MuseumBeckleyWV39.3 mi.(History)
West Virginia State MuseumCharlestonWV42.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Zoos and Aquariums
Mill Mountain ZooRoanokeVA85.7 mi.
The WildsCumberlandOH116.8 mi.

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