West Virginia Camping Roadtrip in the Motorhome

Motorhome Trip to West Virginia

Nine days ago, our family hit the one year mark of loosing my amazing, adventurous father in law. Growing up my mother and I didn’t have much, so I never got to travel. I believe that my love for traveling started when I met my husband and we became best traveling buddies with my mother and father in law (aka Mom and Popps or Gammie and Poppie). It was this shared love for travel that allowed the four of us, and later the six of us, to have built such a strong loving bond that was ready to take on the world one motor-home or camp-trip at a time.

Popps and I were A LOT alike. With our “everything’s fine-let’s just get in the motor-home and figure it out” mentality, the two of us were often found in the front seats of our home on wheels navigating our family to some wild destination. It was driving in the motorhome listening to 70’s classic rock and never getting a word in conversation-wise, that truly made me realize that home doesn’t necessarily mean inside of a warm box with expensive window treatments.

Popps and I made a great team because I would always be the one doing the “where we going” research and he would be the one behind the wheel trying to make it happen. He was a wild man, with his saying left behind on our sweatshirts “ready, shoot, aim” he was always up for anything at the drop of a hat. Sometimes this meant a nice scenic drive to Lake Michigan, or getting stuck backing up in a West Virginia run down mobile home park, in which we thought was a campground, at three in the morning. Our situation, and our two small children, had me slightly nervous as the theme song for Deliverance was playing in my tired mind.

Despite our three in the morning escapades of almost backing up the motor-home into a mobile home and sleeping in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel, we experienced the true beauty that the mid-west has to offer. So simple and green, smelling of freshness. With rolled down windows smelling in the fall crisp air, we took rollercoaster rides up and down windy roads in the mountains that seemed to last for days.

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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park near Summersville, West Virginia

Train Ride Through the Mountains

Our windy roads ended us up in Cass. A cute three building town that’s main attraction was the Cass scenic bald knob train trip. If anything else in West Virginia, this train trip is worth the drive alone! It was a step back into time and was magical, especially for my train loving little man. The train ride takes you through the mountains and halfway through, parks in the middle of nowhere where you can get out and walk around and grab a small bite to eat. After taking our train ride back in time, we headed into the Cass Company Store- which has tons of cute historical gifts and such. We picked up our annual Christmas tree ornament from there!.

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Best State Park Campground West Virginia

After our visit to the New River Gorge Bridge party, we set off to our last campground stop in Summersville, West Virginia. We stayed at the Mountain Lake Campground on Airport Road. It was the best private owned campground we’ve been to. The bathrooms were clean and had warm water, there was a huge playground right across from our campsite, the roads were great for bike riding, and wildlife was everywhere, even the deer were friendly!

If you are staying near Summersville and are taking your roadtrip into Virginia, be sure to head to the great city of Richmond and check out this epic post, One Day Itinerary for Richmond for things to do!

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Festival in West Virginia

After spending a couple of nights in nature, it was time to find somewhere to set up camp that involved first world things, like showers. Giving Popps a break from driving, the hubby and I took the wheel as Gammie played games with the kids and Popps took a snooze. We headed southwest towards Fayetteville. I had read that they close the New River Gorge Bridge down once a year for Bridge Day celebration (annually in October).

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And what a celebration it was! Thousands of people walking across the bridge, checking out pop up shops that had set up, eating carnival foods, and watching people catapult off the bridge. Wait, say whaaaa??? Yea, you read that right, catapulting off the bridge! It was crazy and slightly nauseating to watch. People were literally sitting in what looked like a huge human body spoon on top of the bridge, and then flung do the depths below- just like a pebble in a sling shot! Those were the crazies! The less crazies were parachuting off of the New River Gorge Bridge. What a festival my friends!

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Best Private Owned Campground

After our visit to the New River Gorge Bridge party, we set off to our last campground stop in Summersville, West Virginia. We stayed at the Mountain Lake Campground on Airport Road. It was the best private owned campground we’ve been to. The bathrooms were clean and had warm water, there was a huge playground right across from our campsite, the roads were great for bike riding, and wildlife was everywhere, even the deer were friendly!

If you are staying near Summersville and are taking your roadtrip into Virginia, be sure to check out

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I’d love to take another motorhome road trip to West Virginia in the summer and stay at the Mountain Lake Campgroundagain. There was a small serene lake with a great beach and a swimming pool. This West Virginia campground was a great family friendly campground, with a cute log cabin store, outside games, and put-put too!

Things to Do Charleston, West Virginia

On our route back to the Mitten we made a pit stop for some food and goodies in Charleston, West Virginia. It was a cute downtown area with some nice restaurants, and of course ice cream for the littles! It was easy to navigate in with a motorhome and we found parking pretty easily. 

Charleston not only has great food and ice cream, but they have quite a few things to do if you are looking to take a decent length pit stop on your motorhome road trip. The Clay Center is an indoor/outdoor science museum for children that would be fun for a rainy day or a day to get out of the hot summer sun for a bit.

You can also head to Capitol Street, where the architecture is detailed and historic, and you can catch a trolley ride. Here’s a great list of businesses on and near Capitol Street.

If you have time, head over to Haddad Riverfront Park. During the summertime the riverfront can be hoppin’ with live music, food vendors, and other festivities going on!

After our visit to the New River Gorge Bridge party, we set off to our last campground stop in Summersville, West Virginia. We stayed at the Mountain Lake Campground on Airport Road. It was warmer there then at the last campground, so it made for nice bike rides and sun beaming hiking. Being that we took this trip in the fall, I would love to head there again in the summer months to experience their awesome looking pool and serene lake. On our route back to the Mitten we made a pit stop for some food and goodies in Charleston, West Virginia. It was a cute downtown area with some nice restaurants, and of course ice cream for the littles!

If you are heading into West Virginia and need a suggested road route, feel free to take our road trip and let me know what other good finds you come across on the open road!

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