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GPS Coordinates:
N 38.19950 
W -80.8660

Call 888.872.5580 for more info

Lighthouse Info

The Summersville Lake Lighthouse was erected overlooking Summersville Lake in Mount Nebo, West Virginia on October 17, 2012.  Standing 104 feet tall with a top elevation of 2,164 feet above sea level, the 77,000 lb. structure was a cylindrical tower constructed entirely of 1/2 inch thick steel.  With a base diameter of 12 feet receding to 8 feet at the top, visitors can climb 122 steps to reach a 360 degree gallery deck offering unparalled views of Summersville Lake and the Gauley River National Recreation Area.

OPEN Daily - April thru October            By Reservation - November thru March

All Lighthouse Tours are weather permitting and is subject to change without notice.  Summersville Lake Lighthouse tokens are available at the Gift Shop. Open 9am-6pm   Admissions: $7 – Adults and Children 12 years & older, $5 – Children ages 3 years to 11 years & Seniors 65+, $20 – Family (2 adults & up to 3 children)  GRoup rates available.  Sunset Tours - $15 per person and Fireworks Tour - $20 per person  (Limit to 12 people only)  Watch the video of the day the cranes lifted the Lighthouse into place at the Summersville Lake Retreat.


If you ever played with an erector set as a kid, you may enjoy this footage that was taken the day that we lifted the Lighthouse.  On October 20th, 2012 All-Crane of St. Albans, West Virginia used a 230 ton header crane and 150 ton tail crane to do the erection....check it out....then come climb the 122 steps to the top....

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Upcoming Events

"Fear the Forest" presents the "CarnEvil Haunted Hayride" the last two weekends in October. Prepare to be scared.....

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 Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival

August 26th ~ 10am - 6pm

Join us for the 4th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 from 10am to 6pm here on the Lighthouse grounds.  Cabela's is the Official Sponsor of the Event and will be on hand all afternoon teaching bait casting techniques to budding anglers.  Tamarack Artisans and Crafters from throughout the state will be showcasing their skills along with live Appallachian music, great food, entertainment, raffles and a Classic Car Show sponsored by Northside Automotive.  Hillbilly Fun Inflatables will have the kids bouncing for joy.  The Lickety Split Band will be performing from 12 pm to 3pm and Rudy Elvis will be performing from 4pm to 6pm at the Gazebo.  The Humane Society and the Nicholas County Animal Shelter will have kittens and puppies available for adoption.  All Lighthouse Tours will be $5 per person on the day of the Festival.  Hillbilly Inflatables will have your children bouncing for joy as they get to enjoy the new inflatables. 

Corn Hole Tournament at the Base of the Lighthouse
$25 entry fee per team.
1st place: $100 and prizes
2nd place: $50 and prizes
3rd place: prizes
You can register by stopping in the office, or giving us a call at (304) 888-5580. Cut off for registration is 11:00am August 27th. (Festival day!)
Tournament will be single elimination at 12 Noon. No bust and points cancel!
Come out, have a good time, and try to win some great prizes!

Lickety Split Band  Rudy Elvis  a few classics  Rolls Royce Long Point to Lighthouse

The Cruise In that was held during the 2015 festival drew over 55 Classic Hot Rods and Vintage Automobiles from every era.  Farthest driven was Kenny Smith's pristine 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS from Akron, Ohio.  Crowd favorite was Bill Bibb's 1953 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn from Oak Hill, West Virginia.  2016 was our 1st Car Show which was a success. There were trophies for Best of catergories, door prizes, and more. The Best of Show was Chris Kappler's 1937 Packard from Oak Hill and the Best Classic was Oak Hill's Bill Bibb with his 1929 Lincoln Continental.

As there are only 100 spaces available for 2017 Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival & Car Show, those of you planning to show your ride should not delay in contacting our office to register for this year and "Save the Date!  August 26th".  Our Automotive Dealership will be picking the "Best of Show" and a Celebrity from WSAZ TV 3 will be picking the winner of the "Best Classic", Cabela's will be picking the "Best Truck" and United Bank has sponsored the "People's Choice" Trophy.  We will also be having a "Kid's Choice" Trophy sponsored by Summit Racing Equipment for the first 50 kids to pick their favorite vehicle.  3 classics  Lighthouse

Register to win a Kayak Package from Cabela's.  Raffle tickets are $5 each or 3 for $10 which gets you a chance in the drawing held at the Gazebo after the last performance.  Tickets can be purchased any time before the Festival and until 5:30pm the day of the raffle.  Winner must pick up prize within 7 days or prize is forfeited.




Sponsors of the 3rd Annual Festival & Car Show

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Lighthouse Plaques


A sincere, thank you to all who have shown an interest in the Lighthouse Project and have asked about ways that they may help contribute.  We have set up ways that folks can participate at whatever level that they are comfortable with.

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A Lighthouse in the Mountains

2012-10-18-First-Sunrise Honestly, it all started over a joke. Back in 2009, an interesting fellow from Ontario, Canada by the name of Rick Butler had spent the summer as one of our guests here at the Summersville Lake Retreat while working as part of the crew erecting wind towers at Beech Ridge, a wind farm project in neighboring Greenbrier County, West Virginia. As luck would have it, we were located near the transportation route that the tower components traveled to reach their destination. On more than one occasion, we had marveled at their size as they passed by, just one blade stretched over half the length of a football field! Because of our unique location above the cliffs overlooking Summersville Lake, one evening we offhandedly ribbed Rick that if he would be kind enough to divert one of the tower sections in our direction, that we would keep it and disguise it as a Lighthouse, to which he replied with a classic deadpan expression on his face, “Funny that you say that Mate, we just lost one over the hill.” As it turned out, torrential rains had recently undermined the crib blocks supporting one of the newly delivered tower sections, and it had indeed rolled 75’ down an adjacent hillside, (leveling several medium sized trees in the process), deeming it unsuitable for wind production.

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At the Lake Gift Shop

Handcrafted Swarovski Jewelry, Hand Stamped GPS Lighthouse Gifts, Cabin Fever Turkey Calls, JQ Dickerson Salts, Wild Mountain Soaps & more

Open 9am to 6pm Daily - April thru October, November & December - Saturdays & Sundays 11am - 5pm


Lighthouse Events

Lighthouse Festival ~ 4th Saturday in August - 10am to 6pm

Fear the Forest Haunted Hayride ~ Weekends in October



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