THE GREAT OUTDOORS. If you’re ready to change up the scenery from your living room to the great outdoors, we’ve got a few places for you to explore in the Greenbrier Valley. Taken by foot, boat or on wheel, the streams and valleys, mountains and lakes are full-throttle fun for the entire family—yes, even your four-legged family members. Plan your own adventure at any number of the public access destinations or ask a professional guide to help you navigate the trails, find that secret fishing hole and reveal the “best of” in West Virginia’s mountains.
HAPPY TRAILS. Get in the groove by starting with the Greenbrier River Trail. For 78 miles, the trail gently meanders from Caldwell (near downtown Lewisburg) north to Cass, WV. This wide, graded trail is never more than a stone’s throw from the river and delivers stunning views year-round. It’s great for hikers and bikers alike. For another leisurely option, and a few hills for bikers, take the 3.7-mile Lake Trail around Lake Sherwood. Expansive views and wildlife sightings are a regular occurrence. Look closely and you just might spy a beaver dam. For an out-and-back trek complete with creek crossings, Anthony Creek Trail, promises canopied rhododendron groves and some of the region’s “secret” swimming holes.
Free Spirit Adventures and Greenbrier Outfitters offer shuttle services and any bike rentals you may need. If you have your own equipment but need a tune-up before you hit the trail, Hammer Cycles can get your bike in tip-top condition.
UNDERGROUND TREASURES. If ancient creations formed by “mother nature” herself sound captivating, head below ground to weave among the stalagmites and stalactites at Lost World Caverns. Take the self-guided tour—it’s 45 minutes at a leisurely pace—or, if curiosity is calling, head deep into its winding tunnels on a Wild Cave Tour. Contact Lost World for Covid-19 updates to the Wild Tours.
REEL ADVENTURES. With access points galore, smallmouth bass thrive in the holes, rapids and deep pools all along the Greenbrier River. Second Creek is a designated catch-and-release, fly-fishing only section. Come prepared with a menu of “dining” options to increase your chances of landing a sizeable rainbow trout. If you’re introducing a little one to the rod and reel, a plentifully spring stocking and the friendly banks of Howard’s Creek make the venture triumphant for the youngest of anglers.
Serenity Now Outfitters has just the supplies you need to get on the water. If it’s a guided expedition you seek, Serenity Now, WV Outdoors, Mountain Water Adventures and Otters Guide Service come equipped with all the local knowldege. Each having years of fishing experience on these rivers and creeks, you'll get in on the action in no time!
GO WITH THE FLOW. Lake Sherwood is a 156-acre lake perfect for an afternoon pleasure cruise by kayak or SUP. Bring a lunch and paddle to the island for a beachside picnic. It’s well worth spending a lazy summer afternoon tubing the Greenbrier River. On the warmest weekends of the year, you’re bound to make friends along the way! If you’re looking to get away from it all, head up to Summit Lake. Tucked deep in the Monongahela National Forest, this 43-acre reservoir has a boat launch and permits small, electric motors for those with fishing in mind.
If you want to get out on the water but are without a boat, the Boathouse at Lake Sherwood (opening soon) has one hour to full day rentals. For other watercraft rentals in the valley, contact Greenbrier Outfitters or Greenbrier River Campground.
JUMP IN, THE WATER'S GREAT! When a good cooling-off is your main objective, Blue Bend Recreation Area is equipped with a natural, deep pool—a wide bend in the creek—ideal for swimming and wading. For more of a workout, pack a towel and munchies for a hike up the Greenbrier River Trail. Mile marker two is distinguished by a flat-top boulder that juts into the Greenbrier River, just right for riverside lounging. There are plenty of places to dip your toe in the water so if you’re looking for uber remote, head up to the Anthony Creek Trail. Just a friendly warning, these waters stay chilly, even on the hottest summer day!