There is another camping area at Summersville Lake.If you like roughing it or primitive camping you have an alternative to Battle Run or if you are possibly waiting for a site to open up. You can go to The spillway at the dam. There are a few sites at the base of Summersville Damn on the Gauley River. There are restrooms and a fire pit. There are only 10 or so sites with no electric hookups and water is available if you want a real camping experience. Visitors who are just passing through and have not made reservations ahead could stay here to wait on a site to open at Battle Run.
Considering the next state run camping area is Sutton Lake, about another two hour drive when pulling a camper.
The sites are on the left in a small tree line around 50ft from the river.It may be the off season for water rafting and the spill way is almost closed the water is still quite swift and trout can still be caught if your lucky. As mentioned above this is a good place to park for a few hours or overnight if all the sites at Battle Run are full. If you check with the front gate and they don’t have any sites until that evening or the the next day and you want to get off the road. Make a reservation and park your rig at the base of the dam and wait it out. I should mention it’s free. Along with the restrooms there is a number of street lights and the park is patrolled by the park rangers and local Nicholas county Sheriff’s.
This is just a suggestion /option and I hope this helps you in getting a campsite at Battle Run. If you don’t want to set still you can always go check out the attractions around Summersville Lake