As the sun turns up the heat, Fayetteville invites you to stay cool in the coolest small town with these 10 refreshing escapes.
1. Dive Into Summersville Lake
Experience the “Little Bahamas of the East” at Summersville Lake, boasting crystal-clear freshwater surrounded by rugged cliffs. Just a short drive away, this paradise offers swimming, kayaking, boating and even scuba diving with underwater caves.
2. Treat Yourself
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to The Stache, found in the heart of Fayetteville. Delight in delectable ice cream that’s sure to melt away the heat.
3. Try Out Some Aquatic Adventures
Escape to ACE Adventure Resort’s Wonderland Water Park — a place that is fun for all ages! Climb inflatable mountains, plunge into the lake, zoom down waterslides, ride the zipline or take a daring leap off the giant BLOB. Remember to purchase water passes in advance! End your day on the splash pad or at the beach area.
4. Conquer The Rapids
For an adrenaline rush, conquer the New River Gorge’s world-class whitewater. From mild to wild, there are rafting trips for every experience level. Take it easy on a duckie trip floating on the Upper New or experience a little more thrill on the Lower New.
5. Paddle On
Mountain Surf Paddle Sports
Embrace the tranquility of paddleboarding with Mountain Surf Paddle Sports. Experience serene waters on rented paddleboards, guided by experienced instructors in stunning settings.
6. Kayak At Boley Lake
Visit Babcock State Park, a short drive from Fayetteville, and take to Boley Lake. Rent kayaks, canoes or paddleboards right at the lake, surrounded by natural beauty.
7. Sip A Cold One
The Freefolk Brewery
Quench your thirst with craft brews from Fayetteville’s own The Freefolk Brewery and Bridge Brew Works. Kick back with a can or glass, and if you’re in the mood for variety, head to Southside Junction Tap House.
8. Discover Mountain Pools & Waterfalls
Seek solace in mountain streams and plunge into swimming holes beneath picturesque waterfalls. Swing by the Fayetteville Visitor Center for guidance to these hidden gems.
9. Splash Around
Cool off at the Charlie McCoy Park Splash Pad, a perfect spot for kids to frolic and cool down.
10. Opt For A Cool Stay
Choose accommodations that keep you cool:Quality Inn New River Gorge: Dive into their pool, just moments away from the New River Gorge, for a refreshing escape.
Aviator’s Lounge Vacation Rental: Enjoy a spacious loft-style home with a private saltwater pool and hot tub. Perched above an airplane hangar, this unique spot offers stunning views but books up quickly!
Bonus — Beat the Heat Indoors!
Escape the soaring temperatures and challenge your wits at Escape-A-Torium. Engage with your family in themed adventures, solving clues and puzzles to beat the heat in a fun and interactive way.
Don’t let the summer sizzle get you down – Fayetteville has all the cool remedies for an unforgettable and refreshing getaway. Explore all of our recreation opportunities and plan your trip now!