Visiting - Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve West Virginia

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  1. Trojan

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    Hi

    Please can I pick peoples brains for ideas

    I am visiting the above in the summer and wondered if anyone knows the area or is close by and can give me some tips and ideas on what to bring, what to see or what I should look out for.

    Is there any ranges in the area? Any fatwood :)? Places to avoid?

    Thank you in advance

    Trojan
     
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    No one in West Virginia?
     
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    My understanding is that their website can get you the necessary info
     
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    Todd yes I have read the website but I was wondering if there was any personal insight on this forum that could help!
     
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    This area is center around outdoor tourism; river rafting,zip line parks and hiking trails. The New River bridge visitors center has a nice museum that will give you some history of the area, mining, timbering, and railroading. Babcock State Park is a nice trip and has a working grist mill. There are a lot of hiking trails in the area alot of which will take you to cliffs with views of the gorge.

    http://www.mapwv.gov/trails/
     
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    Thanks I had to look up grist so I have learnt something already.
     
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    Not sure how I missed this but haven't had much time for the forum lately.

    Oak Hill and Beckley have been hit incredibly hard with the pill problem, but the tourist areas are generally fine. Go eat at Pies and Pints in Fayetteville. Just go there. Trust me. If there's a line, wait. It's worth it.

    There's a lot to see in the area, they are adding a lot of the silly tourist stuff but there are beautiful views along the hiking trails through the New River Gorge. If you can't get out for a day hike, at least drive to the New River Gorge bridge and walk down to the overlook area. There's a lot of great whitewater rafting and fishing (small mouth) in the area. Summersville lake isn't far from Summit and is a nice lake to visit. If you go there, try and see the lighthouse. The view from the top is worth it. There is an exhibition coal mine in Beckley which is interesting. They'll take you underground and go through mining history there. Tamarack is also in Beckley and has shops either lots of hand made items and good food.

    If you feel like a short drive, go to Hawks Nest state park, see Cathedral Falls, and tour the Mystery Hole. That's a good day trip and you'll have a great time.

    Summit itself turned out to be a fantastic facility and you'll be happy with all it offers.

    Have a great time!
     
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    Thank you very helpful

    We are getting conflicting information on how cold the nights are in August.

    What do you think? 1 season sleeping bag or higher?
     
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    It will most likely be in the 60s at night and 80s during the day, but if it rains or the odd wind comes through it could possibly get down in the 50s. Might be ahead to at least bring sleeping bag liners for your one season bags. Fleece ones add several degrees of comfort and you can usually find them around $10-$15. Nothing worse than a sore throat or ear ache in the heat of the summer for a kid at camp ;)
     
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    Thank you for every ones help.

    I camped in the end for nearly 3 weeks and had a great time. Weather was a mix and rain. My 3 season sleeping bag was perfect for this camp and I was toasty.

    We did do some of the trails and saw deer, snakes and my team saw a bear. It was a wonderful area to be in.
     

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