Like a Local
Quirky, under -the-radar highlights only a local could recommend.
Beneath the canopy of this three-mile trail that skirts the northern section of the 1,900-acre Stonewall Resort State Park stands an unusual grouping of waist-high rock walls and piles, as well as a single giant flat-faced sandstone boulder with curious etchings. Scholars believe they may date back to the earliest Native Americans, perhaps to mark sun’s orientation in the sky at winter solstice.
Not much remains of the early pioneer town that was Roanoke (now submerged under the 60-foot-deep Stonewall Jackson Lake). So when Stonewall Resort came across this 1830 16- by 12-foot box of a cabin – one of the last original Roanoke structures – they enlisted the help of DIY Network’s Barnwood Builders to carefully relocate the structure (once home to 11 pioneer children!) to their property.
Tucked off the Great Hall is a quiet den that features a fireplace, leather chairs, and shelves of tomes of every type – including a 51-volume encyclopedia of West Virginia history by Jim Comstock, a larger-than-life homespun humorist who published the weekly West Virginia Hillbilly. Grab a scone and coffee from the resort coffee shop across the Great Hall, and bury your nose for a few hours.
The King’s Course
How often do you get to play an Arnold Palmer–designed course for only $25 in season? New in 2015, Stonewall Resort designed The King’s Course – essentially a course within the existing Palmer Course – allowing you to sample nine holes of one of the top public golf courses in West Virginia as ranked by Golf Magazine at a fraction of the price.
Cardboard Boat Race
Maine races lobster boats. Arizona races ostriches. And West Virginia races cardboard. The annual August Cardboard Boat Race brings locals from the surrounding towns to try to stay afloat during a 100-yard sprint on Stonewall Jackson Lake in boats made only from cardboard and duct tape. Not interested in participating? Come for the spectacle: a trophy is awarded to the most “spectacular sinking.”