JACK HORNER’S CORNER in Seebert has expanded by leaps and bounds through the years. This location provides locals and tourists with bike rentals to pizza and everything in between. The back deck offers a serene dining spot overlooking the Greenbrier River. B. Nottingham photo

Brandon Nottingham
Staff Writer

Jack Horner’s Corner in Seebert opened for the season Friday.

Owners Jack and Chrissie Horner have the perfect location, and the enthusiasm, to meet the needs of summer visitors to the county.

“We want people to enjoy their time here,” Jack said. “Whether it’s locals or people here on vacation, we make sure that our customers enjoy their experience, and ensure that our professionalism and great service keep them coming back.”

The Horners cover it all.

Through years of expansions and additions, the store now provides basic grocery needs, bike rentals, biking supplies, camping supplies, fishing supplies, homemade arts and crafts, souvenirs, convenience items as well as a small café.

“Back in 1994, I was out riding through the park, and happened to come across this place,” Jack said. “Back then, it was owned by Doris Hiener, and I decided to stop in and see if it would be all right if I rented a few bikes out of her store, so I would have a public place to store them. Well, as it turns out, she was wanting to sell the place, and a few weeks later, it was mine. She was absolutely fantastic, and we have her to thank for allowing me to have this place now.”

Since that time, Jack and Chrissie have worked hard to establish a great, family-oriented business. Proclaimed to have the coldest drinks, the best pizza around, and the best soft serve ice cream.

“We are known locally and far and wide to have some of the best soft serve,” Chrissie said. “When it’s the middle of the summer, and people are hot from enjoying the scenery, and the trails, they want something to cool down with, so we make sure that we put everything they need in our store. We want these people to enjoy their time here, and for them to be anxious to come back and have some more sweet ice cream. We also have a few games inside, such as a pool and air hockey table, so people can have some entertainment while they wait for their food to be made. Everything we serve is made to order, so you get the freshest items here.

“We also are in the process of building a very large porch on the side of our building so that we will have a place to store all of our bikes, and it will open up the area inside. It will also allow us to put more picnic tables outside, so you can enjoy the river and the beautiful scenery while you eat. We try to be very family-oriented, and want to provide the best service around.”

They also provide canoes and inner tubes, and shuttles upon request.

“The river was one of the biggest selling points about this place,” Jack said. “It’s literally right in our back yard. It provides great fishing opportunities, and is great for floating.”

If you like to fish, or hike or bike, or if you just want to eat and watch the river flow by, Jack Horner’s Corner is the place for you.
They are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. through the end of October. Call 304-653-4515 for more information.

Brandon Nottingham may be contacted at blnottingham@pocahontastimes.com