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Snowshoe sets lineup for annual Ballhooter music festival

Snowshoe Mountain has set its lineup for the annual Ballhooter Music Festival March 13-15, 2020.
Spring skiing, free concerts, and a vibrant nightlife have conspired to make the annual Ballhooter Festival at Snowshoe Mountain popular with visitors from across...

Mastodons may have carried thorny locust trees to W.Va.

Uncommon in West Virginia, thorny honey locust trees may have been brought to the state by mastodons.
The thorny cousin of the common black locust tree might have arrived in what's now West Virginia by mastodon, according to a naturalist who's...

Two West Virginia record fish caught so far in January

Justin Conner of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Two West Virginia record fish have been caught so far this January. Length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken by two...

Did nation's first UFO report originate at Mt. Hope, West Virginia?

The night's sky above the Bechtel Summit Reserve has traditionally been among the darkest in the region.
The details are obscure, but it's possible that one of the first UFO sightings ever reported in the U.S. originated in West Virginia. The encounter...

Winter weekend at Chief Logan State Park to kick-start spring

A monarch butterfly feeds on flowers.
Has winter got you down? Perhaps a weekend of nature programming at Chief Logan State Park this weekend (January 17-19) will warm you up. A...

Traditions celebrated at W.Va. hunting and fishing program

Governor Justice lauds the first increase in hunting and fishing licensure since 2013.
Hunters and anglers celebrated their love for the outdoors at the capitol Tuesday as West Virginia officials recognized the winners of a 2020 hunting...

Spring festivals in West Virginia growing in popularity

A mess of ramps cooks during the annual ramp dinner at Helvetia, West Virginia.
Events that celebrate the arrival of spring in West Virginia are expected to be bigger and more popular than ever, according to the publisher...

Southern W.Va. to host top national travel writers in May

Dunloup Falls, Thurmond, West Virginia, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
As many as 80 travel writers from across North America will explore southern West Virginia in May during a meeting of the Freelance Council...

"Moundsville" film to be broadcast on PBS stations nationally

The Old West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville now welcomes tourists. Photo courtesy David Gear.
Filmmakers David Bernabo and John W. Miller have reached an agreement to distribute the documentary film "Moundsville" to 338 public broadcasting stations nationally over...

Wheeling in the 1820s was proposed as new U.S. capital

There was a time when Wheeling was being proposed as the location for a new capital of the U.S. At the junction of the...

Grant funding available for coal heritage projects

Map of the National Coal Heritage Area
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for projects that support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage...

North Bend State Park hosts Winter Wonder Weekend Jan. 17-19

Snow blankets a country road through a woodland in West Virginia.
Plant the seeds of fun, conservation, and education during Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Jan. 17-19. Activities will include sled riding...

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