Looking for ways to kick-off the unofficial start of summer in Southern West Virginia? We’ve put together five different ways to celebrate the warm days ahead in the Mountain State.
Step back in time and enjoy a movie on the big screen at Pipestem Drive-In. Built in 1972, the drive in, which is located near Pipestem Resort State Park, offers double headers every weekend from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Gates open at 7 p.m.; movies start at dusk. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 10 and under and Sunday Family Night carloads are $14 each carload. (Cash only.) Call 304-384-7382 for movie information.
Dan Hale Reservoir
Located directly off Route 20 between Bluefield and Princeton, the Dan Hale Reservoir is a great place for a first fishing lesson or a place to sit back and catch a ‘big one.’ Fish for trout, blue gill, catfish and more at this 76-acre lake. Boats (trolling motor only, kayaks and canoes are welcome! No fishing license is required, but the cost to fish is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 304-921-7158.
West Virginia Camping
Start our outdoor summer at a West Virginia campground (in-state residents only). Camp Creek State Park offers RV and tent camping sites. A few miles away, Brush Creek Falls RV Resort caters exclusively to RVers. Call ahead to check on reservations!
If you love mud and twists and turns, the Hatfield-McCoy ATV trails are open for adventure lovers! Tip: head out in the early morning to be the first ones on trail and stop at Bramwell’s Corner Shop for a curbside milkshake!
Picnic and play
Support a local restaurant by picking up a curbside lunch and head outside to a favorite park! Mother Nature is all the playground you need! Skip rocks on the Bluestone River, or climb the steps at Pinnacle Rock State Park. Looking for an easy hike for little ones? Try out the family friendly trail at Bluefield City Park.
This post was last updated on August 25, 2020