Originally Posted by Nomadboater
Also, what is the year round life like in Fayetteville? Looks like a really cool town and my Gauley friends said they like it a lot.
Fayetteville is a pretty cool little town and it has alot of amentities in the area. I'd 100% consider living there if I didn't work in Charleston.
It has some good places to eat and drink (better than most area in wv actually), obviously TONS and TONS of year round boating within 30 mins and all types of it at that, lots of rock climbing, you are less than an hour from the larger cities of Charleston, Beckley and Summersville, during the winter there is skiing about an hour away, best smallmouth fishing in the nation and lots of trout, musky and walleye opportunity, crazy cheap to live anywhere in WV and Fayetteville has a young outdoorsy population. Winters are cold (avg 25ish with a low near 0) with some snow but nothing crazy and summers are warm (avg 85ish with highs near 100).
Morgantown would be a decent option too....much larger and than Fayetteville and growing fast but heavy on the college kids. Some good eats, LOTS of bars and partying and decent Whitewater options to the east but still not coming close to approaching Fayetteville's amount of paddling or guiding ops. I got tired of living in Morgantown, but some do like it. Less than an hour to Pittsburg and a couple hours from DC. It's colder up there but not a Ton of winter stuff but you would have Canaan Valley and Wisp if you ski a few hours away.