Where to spend August in the Gorge

August is the best time to explore the New River Gorge! Here are the top 3 reasons to stop in:

1. SUP at Summersville Lake | All month

stand-up paddleboarding

Try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), the world’s fastest-growing watersport. It’s easy to learn, and the New River Gorge is the perfect place to start, thanks to its world-class whitewater and unique terrain. Take classes at Summersville Lake— the “Little Bahamas of the East”!

Meghan Roberts, owner of Mountain Surf Paddle Sports, will show you the ropes or help you hone your skills.

2. Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival | Aug. 27

Soak up summery scenery and entertainment at West Virginia’s only lighthouse.

Enjoy live music by the Lickety Split Band, a 70s-inspired rock group. It also has a classic car show and raffle. Who knows, you could win a kayak!

Tuck into tasty meals and tour the lighthouse! Inflatables for kids, art from Tamarack and adoptable dogs and cats will be there, too.

3. Oak Leaf Festival | Aug. 27-Sept. 4

Oak Hill may be small, but this annual fair packs a wallop.

Each day brings new entertainment. Pageants, a parade and bowling night by Pinheads keep things hopping. Browse local artists’ booths or let the kids play on an inflatable ride.

The Oak Leaf Festival also boasts its fair share of live entertainment. Sway to boogie and disco music by Beach Nite Band or hear traditional bluegrass from Joseph Hott & The Short Mountain Boys.

How will you spend August in the Gorge?

Sam Babcock