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Welcome to the Communities News Directory at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Communities Travel Guide for information about communities in West Virginia.

Winter's tale recalls deadly aspect of the Allegheny Mountains in W.Va.

Snow at Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, Potomac Branches Region
THOMAS, W.Va. — The Allegheny Mountains in eastern West Virginia grow treacherous in winter—and hardly more so than along the western front of that...

New West Virginia rail trail leads through isolated mountain valley

WHITESVILLE, W.Va. — A new recreational trail in an isolated valley in southern West Virginia has piqued the curiosity of hikers, bikers, and residents...

Stranded motorist experiences helpful West Virginia culture firsthand

CEDAR GROVE, W.Va. — West Virginians are renowned for their helpfulness, a generosity that is perhaps most evident in their devotion to helping stranded...

Common West Virginia woodland groundcover boasts peculiar qualities

SHADY SPRING, W.Va. — Frequent visitors to the West Virginia woodlands, especially to the mountain counties, are likely familiar with this evergreen groundcover. Though...

West Virginia forestry specialist recommends live Christmas trees

There are good reasons to opt for a live Christmas tree this year, ideally sourced in West Virginia.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — While the ease and convenience of an artificial Christmas tree has genuine appeal, a West Virginia University professor and forest resource...

Winter's chill recalls harrowing legend of West Virginia bear hunter

"The bear suddenly came down on the hunter's chest and as he did so, Bill caught him by the scruff of the neck and hacked with his knife until he was able to pierce the animal's brain."
HEROLD, W.Va. — The mountains that tower above the Birch River bear the brunt of winter storms that sweep across central West Virginia, and...

Tale of "Frosty the Snowman" is rooted in mountains of West...

Frosty the Snowman leads a group of children in the 1969 animated Christmas television special b Rankin/Bass Productions.
KEYSER, W.Va. — Few West Virginians may know that the tale of "Frosty the Snowman" came to life in the Mountain State. While the...

WVU researcher combats invasive plants by deploying insect armies

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A West Virginia University researcher has found a way to locate, access, and destroy invasive plants more efficiently. Yong-Lak Park, a professor...

West Virginia becoming chief U.S. leaf-change destination

CANAAN VALLEY, W.Va. — Step aside, New England! West Virginia is fast becoming a chief destination for autumn leaf-change vacations in the eastern U.S. Thanks...

Historical open house set at pre-Civil War cabin in Raleigh County

FAIRDALE, W.Va. — A public open house for historians and history buffs has been scheduled for Saturday, October 28, at a pre-Civil War homeplace...

Winter motorcycle trips in W.Va. exhilarating, require planning

Snowy scenery is a feast for the eyes, but don't neglect the dangers in cycling West Virginia in winter.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — There's nothing like a motorcycle road trip through West Virginia in winter. The snow-covered scenery that frames the open road is...

West Virginia resorts shift focus to groups, meetings off-season

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — As autumn approaches and tourist season winds down in West Virginia (except near its ski resorts, which are nearing their winter...

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