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W.Va. awards $9.7 million for pedestrian, recreation trails

"This program provides millions of dollars to make some of the best places in West Virginia more accessible, which will also enhance visitation throughout the state." (Photo courtesy Dmitry Schemelev)
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced the award of 38 Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program grant projects for the...

Early bear gun seasons launch in September in W.Va.

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in four counties from September 3-11, 2022, and will open...

West Virginia hiking blogger says New River Gorge tops inquiries

New River at Grandview, Raleigh County, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, New River Gorge Region
GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — Though travel to West Virginia is increasing statewide, a blogger best known for helping families with children find good hiking options...

Mountaineer Heritage hunting season in W.Va. returns Jan. 12

A white-tail buck peers out from a thicket in a West Virginia woodland.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s four-day Mountaineer Heritage season for hunting deer, bear, and turkey is set to open on Jan. 12, 2023,...

Forest fire burning southeast of New River Gorge Bridge

Smoke wreaths Idol Point, New River Gorge, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve
UPDATE (9:47 a.m., 4-24-2014): The fire that swept the wall of the New River Gorge southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge was 90...

Tale of the "Screaming Lady" based on true West Virginia historical...

The skeleton of a woman buried alive in the 1800s may still lie beneath the soil in Mason County.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Some of the most chilling tales of hauntings in West Virginia are based on actual events, and one of the...

Lilacs are associated with this well-known West Virginia ghost story

ELKINS, W.Va. — Lilacs bloom in April and May in West Virginia, which may be a good time to recall one of its best-known...

Tale of Petrified Witch of Kanawha County has been nearly forgotten

WITCHER CREEK, W.Va — It's likely that few English speakers who have observed the "Witchers Creek" road sign on US-60 have done so without...

Governor helps fund 61 outdoor recreation projects in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has announced the allocation of funds for 61 outdoor recreation projects across West Virginia, banking on recreation efforts...

Ghostly tale of Burnt House lives through strange W.Va. town name

The legend of the village of Burnt House is linked to one of the state's favorite old ghost stories.
BURNT HOUSE, W.Va. — Motorists traveling WV-47 between Weston and Parkersburg are sure to have noticed the sign for the village of Burnt House...

Here's how the West Virginia town of "Hundred" got its unique...

In the 1850s, illustrator Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother) captured Henry Church "Old Hundred" for Harper's Magazine.
HUNDRED, W.Va. — There was a time soon after the completion of the B&O Railroad when passengers would clamber to the car windows to...

Boat tours transport sightseers to view of New River Gorge Bridge

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Sightseers in search of a view of the world-famous New River Gorge Bridge — though without the challenges of whitewater rafting...

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