About Nicholas County
Nicholas County is located in the heart of southern West Virginia. Nicholas County was created in 1818 by the Virginia General Assembly and named for Virginia Governor Wilson Cary Nicholas. It is rural with a territory of 654 square miles of land and 6 square miles of water. Its county seat is Summersville.
As part of the New River Gorge National Recreation Area, Nicholas County offers many outdoor recreation activities, with several revolving around water. If you like boating, fishing, skiing, rafting, scuba diving, jet skiing, or sun bathing, and then Nicholas County is the place for you. Sparkling clear Summersville Lake, West Virginia’s largest lake is within six to eight hours’ drive of 60% of the urban U.S. population. With 60 miles of shoreline it offers room to roam and activities for all. Travel on to Richwood and the Monongahela National Forest for a wilderness adventure. In addition to all the water activities, you can go hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. And if motorcycles are your thing, you will find lots of mountain byways to explore with scenic vistas that will take your breath away.
Points of Interest: World Famous Gauley River National Recreation Area, Summersville Lake, Summersville Arena and Convention Center, Monongahela National Forest, Richwood – “Ramp Capital of the World”, Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park.