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W.Va. state parks extend deadline on holiday gift cards

Glade Creek wanders through a snowy hollow at Babcock State Park. Photo courtesy Rick Burgess.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia state parks are extending a promotion that rewards shoppers for purchasing state park gift cards until 11:59 p.m. eastern...

Harpers Ferry to reenact Christmas as celebrated in 1864

Visitors walk Potomac Street during Christmas in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — On December 3 and 4, 2022, visitors to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are invited to explore a historical reenactment...

W.Va. Farm Museum Christmas Light Show runs Dec. 5-20

Displays at the West Virginia State Farm Museum are being readied for Christmas.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — Two million lights will twinkle at the West Virginia State Farm Museum December 5-20, 2022, to celebrate Christmas, though volunteer...

Prehistoric mastodon may have carried these thorny trees into W.Va.

David Sibray inspects a thorny locust tree at Spring Hill Cemetery.
CAIRO, W.Va. — With thorns the size of knives, this bizarre cousin of the black locust tree that's common throughout West Virginia might have...

National park holds open house before proposed demos

The Billy Joe Adkins home is among those slated for demolition.
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. — The National Park Service is inviting interested members of the public to attend an open house on Thursday, Dec. 8,...

Justice announces renovation of W.Va. Turnpike travel plazas

Justice has announced plans for the complete renovation of the Beckley and Bluestone travel plazas.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has announced plans for the complete renovation of the Beckley and Bluestone travel plazas on the...

Tomlinson Run trout stream restored in northern W.Va.

Lake at Tomlinson Run State Park, Hancock County, Northern Panhandle Region
NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — Nearly 8,000 feet of the most northern trout stream in West Virginia have been restored at Tomlinson Run State Park,...

Scenic parkway explores some of West Virginia's highest peaks

Dark clouds gather over the Highland Scenic Highway in West Virginia.
MARLINTON, W.Va. — Traveling through a windswept landscape of spruce and cranberry, a scenic parkway that explores some of the highest elevations in West...

Farm-to-Table dinners return to W.Va. State Parks

Guests at West Virginia state parks enjoying farm-to-table dining.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Parks farm-to-table dinner series is back this year and is the best way to enjoy locally...

Blackwater Falls visitors can expect far more in Tucker County

The Blackwater Falls descends out of the Canaan Valley
DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls may be one of the best-known natural wonders in West Virginia, but the waterfall and surrounding park are best...

Promotion of high bridge, continental divide gains support

A sign recognizing the Eastern Continental Divide rises along I-68 in Maryland. Google Maps image.
BECKLEY, W.Va. — A West Virginia lawmaker says he's backing a proposal to attract tourists to two landmarks along I-64 in southern West Virginia—the...

New River Gorge Bridge not only record bridge in national park

The McDonald Bridge is the highest on the U.S. Interstate Highway System.
GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — The world-renowned New River Gorge Bridge isn't the only record-breaking high bridge in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve...


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