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Part of Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area closes

Trail signs stand near an entrance to the Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area near Mountwood Park in Ritchie County.
A 967-acre portion of the nearly 3,000-acre Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area in northern West Virginia has been closed to public access, according to...

Rare memoir recalls gorge before Thurmond ghost town

Riding horseback, Captain William Thurmond was a familiar site in the New River Gorge.
Perhaps no small town in West Virginia has gained the worldwide notoriety that the tiny Town of Thurmond has enjoyed. A ghost town located...

W.Va. seeks landowners keen to improve wildlife habitat

Wild turkey roam a woodland in northern West Virginia.
Biologists with the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reaching out to landowners who are interested in improving wildlife habitat on their property. In partnership...

Larry Oakley tells the tale of an old West Virginia hunter

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.
Waiting quietly alone in the dark woods, the approach of dawn can seem like an eternity. It can feel like time is standing still—holding...

National Coal Heritage Area calls for grant applications

A photo of a deserted coal camp curated by the W.Va. Mine Wars Museum, funded in part by the National Coal Heritage Area Authority.
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority to support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage resources is seeking proposals for funding for...

2020 "good year for deer hunting," says DNR biologist

Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.
Hunters in West Virginia harvested 38,776 antlered deer during its two-week buck firearms season in 2020, according to preliminary data collected through the electronic...

Remarkable orchid's single leaf persists through winter in W.Va.

The remarkable leaf of Tipularia discolor stands out on the forest floor.
You may have to stretch your imagination a wee bit to embrace the common name of this very interesting West Virginia resident that’s also...

Historic Tyree Tavern opens window on West Virginia’s past

The Tyree Tavern overlooks the old Midland Trail (U.S. 60) near the New River Gorge.
A team of horses races across winding mountain roads, urged onward by the crack of a stage driver’s whip. Inside the coach, six weary...

Outdoor recreation plays larger role in W.Va. real estate market

n the New River Gorge, homes at Wild Rock are attracting residents who value the outdoors.
Recreational opportunities for hiking, biking, paddling, and rock climbing are playing a larger role in attracting new residents to West Virginia, says a real...

Boone County student chronicles vacation in West Virginia

Lilly Bias and a friend ride an innertube on Summersville Lake in south-central West Virginia.
Editor's Note: Boone County adventure-tourism student Lilly Bias spent a week on the road with her family discovering West Virginia. Here's what she thought...

W.Va. DNR promotes lifetime license giveaway for the holidays

An angler casts into a West Virginia trout stream.
Anglers and hunters who purchase a 2021 hunting and fishing license in December have a chance to win a lifetime license and other prizes...

Special antlerless deer and new bear seasons open Oct. 17

A young hunter aims from behind a blind in West Virginia.
Youth, senior, and Class Q/QQ hunters in West Virginia will be able to participate in a special hunting season for antlerless deer and a...

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