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Summit hosts world’s largest off-road series Oct. 12-13

Adam McGill will race in West Virginia at the all-new venue of Summit Bechtel Reserve.
The world’s largest off-road motorcycle and ATV racing series will hold its inaugural Grand National Cross Country at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley,...

Second craft beverage summit on tap for Oct. 23 in Fairmont

A craft beer waits a thirsty patron at a West Virginia brewery.
The Robert C. Byrd Institute and the West Virginia Food-and-Farm Coalition will present the second “Craft: A Farm-to-Bottle Summit” Oct. 23 in Fairmont, West...

Snowshoe Mountain to open ski areas November 22

Families gather in the village atop Snowshoe Mountain in eastern West Virginia.
Making more snow than ever before, Snowshoe Mountain will open for skiing and snowboarding on November 22, weather permitting. Overnight temperatures are already dipping into...

Historian: Tecumseh may have been born in West Virginia

Tecumseh confronts William Henry Harrison
It's widely accepted today that Tecumseh—among the most influential Native Americans in history—was born in Ohio, but a handful of historians contend he was...

Cool autumn weather could super-charge Gauley River rafting

Rafters with River Expeditions stop for a group photo at Sweets Falls on the Gauley River. (Photo: RaftingInfo.com)
The return of autumn could result in an end-of-season boom for whitewater rafting on the Gauley River, the legendary West Virginia destination for paddling...

Scenic Hills Creek in W.Va. belies geologic secrets

The upper falls of Hills Creek tumbles over a cliff and into the ravine through which two other falls descend.
Hills Creek in Pocahontas County is more than just a pretty stream. Its waterfalls have won fame world over, but there's more to the...

2019 fall turkey season in West Virginia opens Oct. 12

A wild turkey wanders a sunlit glade.
West Virginia’s fall wild turkey season opens Oct. 12. All 55 counties will have at least a one-week fall season, according to the West...

Big game in W.Va. to be checked through electronic system

White-tailed deer in West Virginia
Big-game hunting season is on the approach in West Virginia, and officials are reminding hunters that they must field-tag and electronically check their harvest. Field...

Five reasons West Virginia town has become yoga destination

Candace Evans leads a yoga course at Fayetteville, West Virginia.
Long a mecca for hiking, biking, climbing, and paddling vacations, Fayetteville is gaining attention nationally as an ideal destination for yoga retreats. The town of...

Historic Jenny Gap tunnel once stolen by a railroad

David Sibray peers into the Jenny Gap Tunnel near Lester, West Virginia, in Raleigh County.
Railroad companies in the early 1900s bored six tunnels through Guyandotte Mountain, and all but one have since been closed and sealed. By far...

October pow-wow in Tucker County moves, expands

The Five River Campground extends along the valley of the Cheat River north of Parsons, West Virginia.
To accommodate a larger attendance, the inaugural gathering of Native Americans for song and dance on the Cheat River on October 5-6 has been...

Herds of wild hog once roamed the West Virginia hills

Wild hogs once roamed West Virginia in great numbers.
On occasion, you might hear old-timers speak of a time when herds of wild hogs were hunted in the West Virginia hills. Chances are, they...

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