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  • Festival to Long Point-12x6
  • Otis and Christmas Lighthouse-12x6
  • 12x6-Summersville Lighthouse Fireworks July 4th 2015 Resized


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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.  Visit our Facebook Page at Summersville Lake Lighthouse.

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

Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival Pageant

May 11th, 2019 

9am-6pm at the Nicholas County High School

Read more about it on our Facebook Event Page


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  Who will have the title of Miss Lighthouse Festival Queen for 2019...

       Contact by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to receive your pageant application!


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Summersville Lake Lighthouse

Heritage Celebration & Car Show

June 15th from 10am-6pm

Celebrate the 6th Birthday of the Summersville Lake Lighthouse with Live Appalachian Music at the Gazebo ~ Craft and Food Vendors   Crowd Performers throughout the Day. 

Car Show Pre-Register $15  Day of Show Registration $20

Registration between 10am-12 noon, Judging between 1pm & 3pm and Trophy Awards at 5pm


Check out our Facebook Page for more information https://www.facebook.com/events/306307870226363/


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6th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse

Festival & Car Show

August 24th ~ 10am - 6pm

Join us for the 6th Annual Summersville Lake Lighthouse Festival from 10am to 6pm here on the Lighthouse grounds. WSAZ TV3 News Anchor Taylor Eaton will be here to Meet & Greet along with our Lighthouse Festival Royalty.  Artisans and Crafters from throughout the state will be showcasing their skills along with live Appalachian music, great food, entertainment, raffles and a Classic Car Show.  Live entertainment at the Gazebo includes EmmaLea Deal from 11am to 2pm who is headlining for "Rudy Elvis" will be performing from 3pm to 5pm.  The Cranberry Glades Visitor Center will have their Snake Exhibit.  The Nicholas County K9's will have a demonstration from 2pm-3pm in front of the Lighthouse & Gazebo.  All Lighthouse Tours will be $5 per person on the day of the Festival.  In front of the Lighthouse we have the Happy Little Photo Bus along with West Virginia's Mermaid Nicole Wildman and Oysters & Pearls Jewelry.  Paint MisBehavin' is back to do some really artistic face paintings.  Last year we had 130 Classic Cars and Hot Rods that competed in the Annual Car Show.  This year the NSRA Inspectors will be on hand to do inspections. First 100 Cars registered will receive a Summit Car Show Bag with incentives from local businesses plus a chance to win some great prizes.  All vehicles must be registered by 12 Noon.  Judging between 12-3. Trophy Awards at 5pm.  Fan Favorite Trophy just $1 per vote!

Check out our Facebook Page for more information  https://www.facebook.com/events/429772284220875/

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Haunted Hayrides ~ Last two weekends in October

Come join us as we ride a tractor driven wagon a mile into the forest...

where the creatures of the night appear... 

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Nicholas County Humane Society. 

$14 Admission 12 years & Up          $8 Children 11 & under

     Jester Paul      Hayride 2017 Group Photo    Robin Fat Lady    Crazy kids clown     Board creature


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, Lighthouse Gifts, Cabin Fever Turkey Calls, JQ Dickerson Salts, Wild Mountain Soaps & more

Open 9am to 6pm Daily - April thru October, November thru March - 12 noon - 4pm


Lighthouse Events

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

Fear the Forest Haunted Hayride ~ Last 2 Weekends in October



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