Pipestem Resort State Park, The “Crown Jewel of the West Virginia State Park System,” sits right in our backyard. Discover this gem and the nearby city of Princeton while visiting Mercer County this summer.  

Evening (Tuesday)

Sit down for an authentic meal at Campestre Mexican Bar & Grill. Can’t decide what to order? The Make-Your-Own option is always a winner. Choose two items (burrito, cheese quesadilla, tamales, chile relleno, taco or enchilada) and get a side of beans and rice. Pair it with a specialty drink and dessert for a full meal. 

Choose from one of Princeton’s many hotels/motels to get a good night’s rest. Tomorrow’s going to be an exciting day! 

Day (Wednesday)

Wake up bright and early and head to breakfast at Dolly’s Diner. The nostalgic eatery serves omelettes, biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, waffles and more for the most important meal of the day.   

With a full belly, you’re ready to hop in the car for the 25-minute drive up WV-20 to reach Pipestem Resort State Park. The day is now yours to explore! 

We suggest checking out the Nature Center before hitting the County Line Trail, which will not only lead you to a spot where you can be in both Mercer and Summer Counties at once, but you’ll be able to take in the beauty of Indian Branch Falls. Cool off with some fun water activities at the new Adventure Lake and Splash Pad. Don’t forget about the new Pipestem Peaks, either. The aerial tour features nine ziplines, a cable bridge and belay — enough to satisfy anyone looking for an adrenaline rush. If you get hungry, Pipestem has five different dining options (two full-service, one quick, one soda shop and ice cream parlor) available on its grounds. Round out the rest of the day with any number of other activities, including hiking, biking and horseback riding, rock climbing and rappelling, kayaking, tubing, rafting, and stand-up paddleboarding. 

Evening (Wednesday)

On the way back from Pipestem, stop at Moe’s Restaurant and Cafe in Athens for a pizza, pasta or a sandwich. The mom-and-pop eatery offers three different types of cuisines under one roof. 

Top the day off with a trip to Berkshire’s Custard in Princeton — because nothing says summer like ice cream! 

Morning (Thursday)

Sleep in, and then swing into Sisters Coffee House for a hot cup of joe and a bite to eat. Afterwards, head to The Hatter’s Bookshop in the Mercer Street Grassroots District. Spend some time browsing the shelves before checking out the other shops and businesses along this charming street before you head home.