John Denver sought country roads to take him home to this state where he felt like he belonged. Full of natural resources and mountainous terrain, West Virginia has a lot to offer RVers. That’s why I’ve put together my top five best RV parks, grounds and sites for the Mountain State.
Pegasus Farm Campground: Elkins
With a name like Pegasus Farm you know this is going to be a great place to stay. This highly rated park is outfitted with full utility hookups to help you relax after a long day of relaxing. The bath house is extremely clean and well suited for visitors looking for a pleasant shower. The whole campground is on a rolling meadow and the owners keep large perennial gardens which you and the family can enjoy.
The Elkins area has plenty of fun activities. Visitors are encouraged to enter the heart of the Monongahela National Forest for some backwoods exploration. If you want your fun below ground, take a visit to the Seneca Caverns for some neat sights and sounds. We also highly recommend you hop on the New Tygart Flyer, a train that will take you on a tour around the beautiful local landscape.
Summersville Lake Retreat: Mount Nebo
Summers in West Virginia call for plenty of fun, sun and relaxing at Summersville Lake Retreat. Summersville can handle some serious rigs on large 50’ x 100’ sites complete with full utility hookups and Wi-Fi access, make sure to reserve a site with a picnic table! The centrally located bathhouse was recently remodeled and has received solid ratings from the Good Sam RV Club. Other amenities and facilities include a playground, picnic shelter, dump station and of course horseshoes, the RV park standby.
You’ll want to spend as much time as possible out on the scenic Summersville Lake. Go for fishing, cruising, swimming or whatever else floats your boat, pun intended. Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park is nearby but we highly recommend you make the trip a few miles south to drink in the beauty of the New River Gorge National River and the accompanying New River Gorge Preserve and bridge in the Appalachian Mountains.
Stonewall Resort: Roanoke
Stonewall Resort and more specifically the Briar Point Campground is your ticket to the mountain lakes region of West Virginia. You’ll be well taken care of with Stonewall Resort’s accommodations, all sites come with full utility hookups and complimentary Wi-Fi. We recommend purchasing a resort pass with your site to take advantage of all of Stonewall’s luxurious accommodations like a fitness center, resort pool and spa, rentals like kayaks and bikes and much more.
The Roanoke area is full of attractions for all types. They call this the Mountain Lakes region for nothing as the local area contains five distinct lakes for fishing, boating or swimming. Stonewall is named for Stonewall Jackson Lake and accompanying wildlife management area which is full of fun sights and sounds. Those seeking something different have to make a stop at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum for some haunted history.
Pipestem Resort State Park: Pipestem
Southern West Virginia is filled with fantastic views and Pipestem Resort State Park is the place to see them. This great State Park has 31 with full utility hookups and 19 with electric so you’ll get some creature comforts instead of being completely in the wilderness. The bathhouses are heated for those cold West Virginia mornings and you also have a small camp store, and a playground area for the little ones to run around at.
It’ll be difficult to run out of hiking trails as Pipestem has more than 20. You can go it by foot or rent a bicycle to explore the local area. A nature center is open all year and provides several programs about the local flora and fauna and even leads excursions to the Harris Homestead. Other popular activities around Pipestem include disc golf, foot golf and actual golf as well as an RC car race track. Be sure to take the aerial tramway to get a great view of the area.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park: Davis
If you can’t make it out to the mountainous west this ski season, try the mountainous east at Canaan Valley Resort State Park. The park will cover most of the basic needs of RVers with 34 paved and wooded sites with full utility hookups. There are several comfort stations in the park that house heated bathrooms and laundry facilities. You also get to take advantage of all of Canaan’s other facilities and amenities like an arcade, indoor pool and fitness center, convenience store and even a spa for massages.
If you’re looking for some great snow skiing in the East look no further than Canaan Valley, the mountain has several different runs of varying difficulty for skiers, snowboarders, and even tubers. Summer at Canaan offers tons of hiking, biking and horseback riding. You’re also not too far away from the tremendous Blackwater Falls State Park, home of some great views and the towering waterfall the park is so named for.
West Virginia offers history and seclusion for RVers who are looking to get away from it all.