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Snow Skiing

Snow skiing is available at Winterplace Ski Resort, about a one-hour drive from your cabin at Carnifex Ferry Cottages. Winterplace has spent several million dollars in the last year or two upgrading and renovating their facilities. It is now one of the premiere snow skiing resorts in the southeast.

Winterplace Ski Resort Winterplace Ski Resort


  • 11 beginner
  • 12 intermediate
  • 4 expert


  • 2 of the newest Quad chairlifts
  • 3 Triple chairlifts
  • 2 Double chairlifts
  • 2 Surface Lifts
Click here to check out the snow tubing!

More Good Stuff

  • NASTAR Head to Head Racing
  • SkiWee Program kids
  • Special Group Rental Facility
  • Ski Accessory Retail Shops
  • Rental Shop
  • Rental equipment--thousands of Rossingnol and Elan Skis and K2 Snowboards
  • Ski and Boot Lockers
  • PSIA Ski School
  • Learn-to-ski and Learn-to-snowboard GUARANTEE!
  • Expanded Parking
  • Day Care


  • Penguins Mexican/Italian Restaurant and Lounge
  • Almost Heaven
  • The Deck at Winterplace
  • Snowdrift Lounge
  • Mountain Mama’s Food Court
  • The MountainHouse Food Court


Horseback Riding

Horseback is a great way to experience the wild, wonderful outdoors, and there are a couple of good stables to call to find the perfect ride for your level of expertise.

Here's the one we recommend:

Horseshoe Creek Riding Stable

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Horseback riding near Carnifex Ferry Cottages


Nature Lovers

You nature lovers are sure to love West Virginia. The state has four distinct seasons of about equal duration. Mean annual temperatures reflecting latitude and elevation range from about 56 degrees in the south to 52 degrees in the north and  48 degrees in the most mountainous regions. January is the coldest month (great for snow skiing!) with a statewide average of 33 degrees and July is the warmest with an average of 73 degrees (great for summer sports!).

What does this have to do with wildlife? Four distinct seasons means a very wide variety of flora and fauna for the nature lover’s enjoyment. Bird and animal watching are very popular. Deer and other wildlife are everywhere! The area is fantastic for nature photographers and artists.

If you’re a shutter bug, you won’t find a better place to photograph birds, animals, plants, whitewater rafters, and majestic scenery, all within a short distance of your cabin at Carnifex Ferry Cottages.

Deer at Summersville Lake

Hiking or backpacking are both popular outdoor activities in this area. You’ll be amazed at how close you can become with mother nature. There are many trails in the area and our Hiking page is just the place to find info on them!

Nature lovers will surely believe this area is “almost heaven.”


Hiking and Backpacking

Trails for hiking and backpacking are abundant in the part of West Virginia. As a matter of fact, there are four trails (pdf in new window) practically at your door of the Carnifex Ferry Cottages. The trails vary in length from six-tenths of a mile to two miles and trail difficulty ranges from moderate to strenuous. The trails at Carnifex Ferry State Battlefield afford you the opportunity to see many types of flora and fauna, as well as three magnificent overlooks of the Gauley River Canyon, and the class V+ rapid, “Pillow Rock.”

Carnifex Ferry Trails

  • Patterson Trail: This trail features three overlooks of the Gauley River Canyon.
  • Pierson Hollow Trail: Beautiful, mature trees on a trip to the Gauley River.
  • Old Carnifex Road: Used for Confederate General Floyd’s retreat.
  • Fisherman’s Trail: Best access to Pillow Rock.

The Driftwood Lodge also offers easy access to hiking trails, two of which are at Summersville Lake. These two trails range in length from one and three-quarters miles to three miles and difficulty ranges from easy to moderate. These trails take you into state wildlife management areas, managed wildlife plots, and excellent views of the lake and recreation areas.

Summersville Lake Trails

Battle Run Trail: Access from the beach parking lot. This trail is six miles in length, round trip. It is an easy to moderate hike with a few steep slopes. The trail goes from Battle Run recreation area along the lake into a state wildlife management area and ends in one of many managed wildlife plots. There excellent views of the lake and recreation areas as well as opportunities to see different types of wildlife.

Long Point Trail: Access this trail from the archery range, past the airport. It is three and one-half miles in length, round trip. The trail is easy with only mild changes in slope. The trail takes you through a state wildlife management area and ends with a magnificent view of the lake from the top of Long Point. Users must be cautious of footing around the trail’s end. Sheer rock cliffs and open fissures are common.

Carnifex Ferry Cottages West Virginia Outdoor Activities

There are a wide range of outdoor activities available. Click the tabs to display activities.

Snow Skiing | Horseback Riding | Nature | Hiking
Zip Lining & Canopy Tours | Rock Climbing | Mountain Biking
Fishing | Hunting

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