Alpine Lake, West Virginia, USA
Nestled in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains, Alpine Lake is a private, gated community located near Terra Alta in Preston County, West Virginia. The community surrounds a 148-acre lake fed by springs and mountain streams. Here, property owners and their guests can boat and fish and boat to their heart’s content. Although a private community, guests of a motel on the premises and Preston County residents may use the lake.
Alpine Lake is located approximately one hour from Morgantown, West Virginia and 15 minutes from Oakland, and Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. In the 1930s, the heavily-wooded, hilly property was used as a hunting and fishing club owned by Arlie Hull. At that time, Hull Lake consisted of just 65 acres. Development of the 2,300-acre community began in the 1960s. Several hundred half-acre lots now surround the tranquil lake which had been dammed and expanded to 148 acres and renamed Alpine Lake. Currently, just under 500 homes have been built at Alpine Lake. For many residents, Alpine Lake offers a second, vacation home, allowing for weekend escapes from the city. Other owners are retired and live in the beautiful mountain community year-round or during the summer months. Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh are all within a three-hour drive of the lake.
To preserve the peaceful mountain setting, gasoline-powered boats are not permitted on Alpine Lake. Anglers can fish from shore or take a canoe, kayak or rowboat out on the water. Sailboats are also encouraged. The lake is routinely stocked with crappie, yellow perch, and rainbow trout measuring 15 to 18 inches and weighing up to two pounds. Largemouth bass, smallmouth bas and bluegill can also be found in the lake. A sandy beach provides the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sun. A large boathouse near the beach is often used for meetings, recreation, dances, and cookouts.
In addition to the sparkling lake, residents and guests of Alpine Lake have access to an 18 hole golf course (open to the public), a large community lodge with a restaurant and bar, a motel, tennis courts, miniature golf, and extensive hiking, biking and cross-country skiing trails. The relatively high altitude (2,800 ft above sea level) tends to keep summer temperatures moderate. Winters can be severe, with lots of snow and cold temperatures. Winter sports lovers will enjoy making tracks into the white beauty of the Allegheny Mountains.
Outdoor enthusiasts visiting Alpine Lake may wish to spend a day at Garrett State Forest, just over the border in Maryland. The 7,000-acre forest offers trails for hiking, horseback riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing along with campsites, a waterfall, hunting, and fishing.
South of Alpine Lake, the Monongahela National Forest covers some of the highest ridges in the state. The elevation of the Forest ranges from just under 1,000 feet to 4,863 feet. Visitors to this beautiful area can enjoy breathtaking views, peaceful country roads, flowing streams, and glimpses of the many species of plants and animals that inhabit the Forest. The Forest covers more than 919,000 acres in 10 counties in the highlands of West Virginia. Recreational opportunities abound for hiking, biking, climbing, fishing, camping, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife viewing, scenic driving, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and just a leisurely stroll through the trees. Approximately 1.3 million people visit the Forest each year.
South of Alpine Lake, Coopers Rock State Forest is a great place to hike, climb and enjoy some gorgeous views. Overlooks throughout the park line the Cheat River Gorge. A maze of enormous boulders, cliffs and trails will delight the outdoor adventurer. A dam on Glade Run forms a 6-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout. The quiet hiker may encounter squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, turkeys, fox and deer throughout the 12,713 acres of forest. White water rafting on the Cheat River is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day.
In addition to homes for rent at Alpine Lake, other vacation rentals can be found in the nearby towns of Kingwood and Morgantown and over the border in Oakland, and Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. Cabins, lodges and campsites can be found in the state forests near the lake. Real estate for purchase at Alpine Lake and in the towns throughout the area is also available.
With the magnificent Allegheny Mountains as a backdrop, there’s no end to the adventures you’ll find at Alpine Lake. From rafting and climbing in the spring and summer, to fall hunting and fishing, to winter snowmobiling and cross country skiing, Alpine Lake has something for everyone.
Things to do at Alpine Lake
- Vacation Rentals
- Whitewater Rafting
- Cabin Rentals
- Cross-Country Skiing
- Horseback Riding
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Forest
- National Forest
- Miniature Golf
Fish species found at Alpine Lake
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Rainbow Trout
- Yellow Perch
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