In a tucked away corner of the mountains there’s an unexpected surprise.

Something that’s usually not seen in a landlocked state.

Summersville Lake is home to West Virginia’s first and only lighthouse.

It has been a popular tourist site since being erected in 2012.

Visitors eagerly climb the 122 steps towards the sky, and a vantage point that offers some of the Mountain State’s most breathtaking views.

The lantern room provides an incredible 360 degree panorama of the lake, as well as the nearby the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

A recycled wind turbine tower was used to create the unique structure which is 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level.

The project was completed with the help of area schools. Teens from local high schools helped  design and weld sections of the project.

That kind of cooperative spirit continues today, and the venue hosts events aimed at helping the community.

The “CarnEvil Haunted Hayride” will be held Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 2. Admission is $14 per person, and $8 for 10 and under.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Nicholas County Humane Society, while the concessions proceeds will go to Girl Scout Troop # 1885.

School students often visit and other tour groups routinely stop.

It has also become a popular spot for weddings, photo shoots and family reunions.

The lighthouse is open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., to visitors April thru October. Tours are available weather permitting.

Visitors also enjoy Summersville Lake which was formed by a rock-fill dam on the Gauley River, south of Summersville in Nicholas County.

It’s the state’s largest lake with approximately 2,700 acres of water and more than 60 miles of shoreline.

Boating, fishing, rock climbing, snorkeling and scuba diving are popular area activities.

 

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