Recreation in West Virginia

Zipping along at River Riders

West Virginia is among the best known destinations for recreation in the eastern U.S. Millions of visitors annually venture into its mountains and valleys to hike and bike, cave and climb, fish and hunt, golf and game, ski and paddle. Recreation here isn't limited to the traditional and extreme varieties for which the state is widely known. By our definition, it includes everything from antiquing to quilting -- pursuits that can be enjoyed indoors and out.

More recreation categories to come in spring!

Rafters plow through rapids

Stay tuned as we add new categories and content to our guide to recreation in . In the near future you can expect to see our guides to golf, gaming, hiking, and hunting being developed. Guides to kayaking, zip-lining, and other popular forms of recreation in West Virginia will soon follow.

West Virginia Recreation News

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.

Early bear gun seasons launch in 16 W.Va. counties

Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in all or parts of 16 counties until Sept. 25 and will open...
Fishing is a way of life in West Virginia where the National Park Service is holding a grandfamily fishing program.

New River Gorge to host Oct. 10 grandfamilies fishing day

The New River Gorge National River is hosting a second Grandfamilies Fishing Day in southern West Virginia on Saturday, October 10, 2020. At the park's...
Archery provides a safe alternative to fire arms in urban settings.

Special urban deer archery season opens Sept. 5

The opening of West Virginia's archery and crossbow deer season is still a few weeks away, but hunters can get in the woods as...
The Elk River flows past Big Chimney eat miles above its mouth at Charleston.

State adds, upgrades kayaking access on Elk River

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is upgrading public-access sites along the Elk River in Kanawha County and adding several new locations near...
Guyandotte River at Logan, West Virginia, Logan County, Hatfield & McCoy Region

New Guyandotte Water Trail opening in southern W.Va.

A new water trail that leads through the mountains of southern West Virginia is springing to life, providing continuous river access to anglers and...

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