BECKLEY, W.Va. — The adventure-filled expanse resting beyond the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve’s guarded gates still remains elusive to most, but the Boys Scouts of America announced last week that a portion of the 10,600-acre facility will now be open to the public on select days this summer.
Members of the Scouting community from far and near can now gain a coveted glimpse into the vast offerings of the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve on select Fridays and Saturdays with the purchase of a Summit Center Visitor Pass or Summit Center Action Pass.
From those looking to partake in high-adrenaline activities like mountain biking to those just wanting to take in the Summit’s sights on foot, both passes grant holders access to the 100-acre area dubbed “Summit Center.”
Within that area, those with either pass are free to explore the Sustainability Treehouse, an interactive five-story structure, the Scott Visitors Center, the John Gottschalk Boardwalk and Goodrich Lake Wetlands, the CONSOL Energy Bridge and the Action Point Hiking Trail, a scenic forest path that provides close-up views of several action sports.
Additionally, those looking to participate in more of the sport activities are encouraged to purchase the Action Pass. Holders are granted access to: the Summit Center zip lines; the skateboarding, BMX, mountain biking, duck shooting, archery, canopy tours and a challenge course offerings at Action Point; and the climbing, rappelling and bouldering activities at Boulder Cove…