West Virginia and North Carolina Vacation – Day 2 of 9: Gauley River NRA
On May 10th, our second day of vacation, after visiting Babcock State Park we drove to the Summersville area, where we crossed over the Summersville Dam and entered the Gauley River National Recreation Area.
We enjoyed views of the dam from the tail waters of Gauley River, as well as from an overlook on WV Route 129.
The Summersville Dam is 2,280 feet long and 390 feet tall.
The dam was built between 1960 and 1966 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Located on Rt. 129 a short distance from the Summersville Dam is an overlook of Long Point on Summersville Lake.
We ate lunch at Dirty Ernie’s Rib Pit in Fayetteville, WV. The restaurant wasn’t much, looking at it from the parking lot. It is true that one should not judge a book by its cover. Even though the restaurant was very busy (it being Mother’s Day), we were seated in a short amount of time and served fairly quickly.
We ordered the smoked brisket entree.
The brisket was very tender and delicious.
By the way, we ate at Dirty Ernie’s per the suggestion of our friend Jim “Skid” Robinson. He is the author of an excellent blog, Skid and Sandy on the Road.
Stay tuned. In my next vacation blog post I will take you to the bottom of New River Gorge!