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Otter Creek

Above: Otter Creek Wilderness, part of Monongahela National Forest, is just a few miles from Water Gap Retreat. In winter, it is a wonderful place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.

Outdoor Adventures

Hiking, rock climbing, skiing, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and hunting are popular activities in our neighborhood. You'll find great fishing on the Shavers Fork, which is regularly stocked by the WV Division of Natural Resources, without leaving Water Gap Retreat. The 919,000-acre Monongahela National Forest is just a short drive away, and we are close to some of West Virginia's most beloved natural wonders, including Seneca Rocks and Blackwater Falls. We are also close to several popular ski resorts.

Plan your own adventures, or ask us about guided adventure outings.


Above: One of our guests shows off his catch from the Shavers Fork, which flows past Water Gap Retreat.

Below: Crossing the swinging bridge, part of the Via Ferrata at Nelson Rocks.

Nelson Rocks

Exploring the Potomac Highlands

The Allegheny Mountains run right through the Potomac Highlands, creating dramatic views, rhododendron thickets, tumbling trout streams, and hundreds of miles of backcountry trails. Much of the region lies within vast tracts of national forest and wilderness.


Above: Skiing at Timberline.

Elkins, the home of Augusta Heritage Arts Center, is a college community of artists, musicians, and writers that richly deserves its high ranking in America's Best Small Art Towns. Nearby Beverly is a historic gem chock-full of Civil War history (including a mountaintop battlefield), antiques, and crafts.

At Water Gap Retreat, you are only minutes away from an award-winning restaurant, a scenic train excursion, craft and antique shops, and an active community arts center.

For more information about the Potomac Highlands, or to order your free travel guide to the area, please visit the Randolph County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

New Tygart Flyer

Above: The New Tygart Flyer, a scenic excursion train, is based in Elkins.

A few of our regional favorites:

Augusta Heritage Center

Wild Wonderful Walks

La Paix Herb Farm

West Virginia Sustainable Fair

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