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5 Late-Summer West Virginia Vacation Ideas

If you’re searching for the perfect late summer vacation, look no further than a trip to West Virginia. During the late summer, the Mountain State boasts an inviting mixture of warm, summer weather and cooler temperatures as the fall months approach. This milder weather makes for the perfect climate to enjoy West Virginia’s many outdoor, family-friendly attractions. And why not enjoy the fun before the kids head back to school?

At Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins, you’re near it all, including adventurous hikes, scenic tours, and more.

Here are the 5 best late-summer West Virginia vacation ideas near Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins:


A family hiking through the forestTake Advantage of Pleasant Weather

During the late summer months, West Virginia experiences a pleasant transition of late-summer and early fall weather. Visitors notice the change during ascending hikes where the warmer air sits below the mountain peaks, and the cooler air awaits at higher elevations. When you’re done, grab an inner tube and take a dip in Harman’s swimming hole to cool off after your long excursion. 

Check out Harman’s onsite hiking trails.

Visit NROCKS to satisfy your adrenaline rush. Take a mountain climbing tour of 1,000 feet, zip between the trees on zip lines up to 680 feet long, or test your climbing skills on the Via Ferrata.

Call (877) 435-4842 to book your outdoor adventure at NROCKS.


potomac eagle trainExplore West Virginia’s Countryside by Train

There’s nothing like appreciating West Virginia’s landscape than by taking a tour by train. There are two train depots near Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins: Cass Scenic Railroad and the Potomac Eagle. The Cass Scenic Railroad takes riders back to the days of steam-driven trains with a 4.5-hour train ride to the top of Bald Knob, West Virginia’s third-highest peak. The Potomac Eagle offers a 3-hour long excursion and 35-mile round-trip through the Trough to Sycamore Bridge. Be sure to have your camera ready for all the amazing sights!

Book your train tour by contacting:

Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad – (304) 424-0736

Cass Scenic Railroad – (304) 456-4300


seneca caverns tunnelDiscover An Underground World

Dive deeper into West Virginia’s natural history by visiting Seneca Caverns and Smoke Hole Caverns. These popular destinations provide a new perspective of West Virginia’s natural beauty. All ages will enjoy discovering and learning about the unique formations that lie within these cave dwellings, including stalactites and stalagmites. Each attraction also features its own Gemstone Mining station, a kid favorite and an opportunity for the little ones to take home a special souvenir. Tours run daily.

Book your scenic underground tour by calling:

Seneca Caverns – (304) 567-2691

Smoke Hole Caverns – (304) 257-4442


A group of people horseback riding along the West Virginia mountainsTour West Virginia by Horse

You can hike, or drive, or even take a train, but for a unique experience, tour West Virginia by horseback. Yokum’s Seneca Rocks Stables gives riders of all ages an extra dose of discovery and fun, with a relaxing and calming horseback hike. This family-friendly attraction takes riders along a gradual, scenic climb atop Seneca Rocks. All of Yokum’s Seneca Rocks Stables horses are well-trained and make for an unforgettable experience.

Learn more about Yokum Seneca Rocks Stables.


A father and daughter holding a fishTake the Family Fishing

One of Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins greatest traditions is casting a line in the North Fork River, just steps away from our luxury cabins. Visitors of all ages will appreciate the excitement of catching a fish, and fishing in the late summer provides just the right amount of warmth as you fish near the cool, running water. The sights and sounds only add to the memories that will last a lifetime!

Find out everything you need to know about fishing at Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins.


Need more West Virginia vacation ideas? Check out our West Virginia vacation itineraries!

Don’t miss out — book your West Virginia vacation today!