Paradise Island of Christian
Jennifer B.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2019

Southern Gospel Non-Profit Camp

     The God's Wilderness Campground wasn't much to brag about, but the couple who run this Christian-themed camp are super-religious, good-hearted people who live full-time on Paradise Island.

     Priscella Cline Smith and her husband host a lot of church groups, revivals and Southern Gospel sings, but they also welcome tent, RV and ATV campers looking for cheap accommodations near the Hatfield-McCoy Trail system

     The campground offers tent camping,  hook-ups for RV's, and lodging in facilities with names such as "The Upper Room Inn," "The New Testament Bunkhouse," and "The Vineyard Bungalow."  I went for the primitive option at $7.00/night and camped next to the Guyandotte River which is known for its good fishing.

     They have some interesting oddities here such as the Teepee Chapel, the "Jesus Praying in the Rock" stone, and the "Passion Trail" portraying Christ's birth, ministry and resurrection.   

     To find Paradise Island, WV, set your GPS for 777 Paradise Island Verner, WV 25650

     If you camp here, I recommend a side-trip to Matewan, WV, a historic town know for the "Matewan Massacre" where abused miners revolted against coal barons and their security thugs.  You can actually see bullet-holes and slugs in the walls around town where Sheriff Sid Hatfield and armed miners shot and killed seven coalmine detectives who came to town with eviction notices for miners trying to organize a union.

  • Entrance to Paradise Island, Verner, WV
  • Free showers in the lodge after I chose primitive camping.
  • "Jesus Praying in the  Rock"
  • Water tank above the coal-mining town of Matewan, WV
  • Miner's hat with carbide lamp, Matewan, WV
  • Mural of coal miners, Matewan, WV
  • Mural of coal miners, Matewan, WV
  • Bullet holes and slugs in the wall from the "Matewan Massacre" where armed miners had a shootout with mine owners' security thugs.