Recreation in West Virginia

Guest on zip line at River Riders, Recreation, Harpers Ferry, WV
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 rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort
Rafters plow through rapids

Stay tuned as we add new categories and content to our guide to recreation in West Virginia. 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

Allen Burkett of Criders, Va., caught a channel catfish that weighed 36.96 pounds and measured 40.59 inches in length.

Angler breaks West Virginia's long-standing channel catfish record

A 17-year record for the largest channel catfish caught in West Virginia has been broken, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. On June...
West Virginia fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...
The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.

Governor lauds fifth anniversary of Gold Rush trout program

Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the "West Virginia Gold Rush" will return for its fifth year on March 29 and provide anglers and...
A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.

West Virginia hunters harvested 105,278 deer in 2021

Hunters harvested 105,278 white-tailed deer in 2021 during the recent buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS, and Mountaineer Heritage deer seasons. The...
West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.

Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of state residents and their hunting participation and success rates for various species to...