The West Virginia. Cyclopedia
Glade Springs, SE of Beckley, WV, is a gated, master-planned resort community named for the springs that feed Glade Creek on the east flank of Shady Spring Mountain in southern Raleigh County. Glade Springs is located at Daniels, WV.
Glade includes a hotel, conference center, and private residential communities for vacation and year-round residence and includes many home sites along the fairways of its two championship golf courses. The resort also includes a spa, a heated pool, tennis courts, two fine restaurants, an equestrian program, and convention facilities. The resort's indoor leisure center includes an arcade, an indoor pool, a fitness center, tennis courts, a cinema room, and a bowling alley. Glade Springs is also affiliated with Winterplace Ski Resort, a ten-minute drive south on the U.S. 19 highway. Largely wooded, Glade Springs is criss-crossed with hiking, biking, and horseback trails, some of which tie-into the nationally famous recreation trails of the Glade Creek Canyon, part of the New River Gorge National River.
Glade was first established a private retreat for the Caperton family, mining industrialists of southern West Virginia, and their friends. The central portion of the residential development was created by combining five large farms that had fallen almost wholly into disuse. The Caperton family were accustomed to vacationing in the coastal Carolinas, and they recognized the benefits of master-planning residential communities at resorts such as Hilton Head Island, SC: land-use covenants there preserved the woodlands and limited visual intrusion in the resort landscape. By 1970, Glade Springs had become one of the Beckley area's most affluent neighborhood and several very large modern homes were under construction, including those for many of the very wealthy residents of the county, In the early 1980s, the coal-powered market that was driving the engine of wealth in Raleigh County began to dwindle, slowing development at Glade and establishing a social cohesion which has since maintained its peerless prominence. Several condominium units were built near and along the fairways at this time. Beginning in late 1990s, the completion of Interstates 64 and 77 granted new interstate access to the Glade Springs region, and the influx in batter