Famous for Rafting, but There's so Much More!
Officially a “coolest small town in America,” check out some of our staff’s favorite adventures in Glen Jean to round out a perfect long weekend.
Park Loop Trail
An easy 1.1-mile mile trail beginning at Town Park in Fayetteville and connecting to Fayetteville Trail. From Court Street in Fayetteville, turn left on Fayette Avenue, and right onto Park Drive for about 0.2 miles. The trailhead is on the north-east side of the park.
This strenuous 1-mile forested trail descends from the top of the gorge via switchbacks to the Kaymoor coal mine site, crossing the Kaymoor Trail. Then kick it into gear with 821 steps down to the old coal town remains at the river. Oh yeah, and then 821 steps back up. Booyah! From US 19, follow WV 16 south through Fayetteville. Turn left on Gatewood Road (see Kaymoor signs). Proceed 2 miles, turn left at Kaymoor No. 1 Road, and left at the top.
Long Point Trail
A moderate 1.6-mile forested trail that ends at an incredible outlook onto the Gorge and New River Bridge. From US 19, follow WV-16 south through Fayetteville. Turn left on Gatewood Road (note sign for Kaymoor), and continue for 1.9 miles. Turn left on Newton Road.
Only 15 minutes south, this must-see center has original artisan retail, from jewelry to clothing to pottery and furniture, and more. It’s basically everything that’s great about a mall without the same old same old chain stuff. Delicious food by Greenbrier, direct from artist prices, fine art galleries, all in a family-friendly space.
Managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Summersville Lake is popular for boating, swimming, fishing, and camping. From US 19, go north from Fayetteville, and take Route 129 W to the dam and lake.