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Welcome to the Lore and Legend news category at West Virginia Explorer, where you’ll find news of the paranormal, supernatural, and uncanny in West Virginia.

Paul Bunyan’s boot print remains in western West Virginia

The Ohio River wanders uncharacteristically through a series of bends along the western edge of West Virginia.
As to when Paul Bunyon left his mark in West Virginia, none now know, but by the 1970s the tale of Paul Bunyan's brief...

Graveyard of the Ohio now a favorite tourist destination

A kayaker plies the gentle Ohio River near Parkersburg, West Virginia, once the site of the infamous Graveyard of the Ohio.
The Ohio River below Parkersburg, West Virginia, was long ago known as the Graveyard of the Ohio and was considered one of the most...

Remote West Virginia campground includes its own ghost

Might a headless ghost still haunt the forests around Bakers Run Campground?
There are many remote campgrounds in West Virginia, but few are as remote as Baker's Run Campground and boast their own ghost. Only 30 minutes...

Did legendary Mothman first appear at Clendenin cemetery?

Did the legendary Mothman first appear in the trees above a cemetery at Clendenin, West Virginia?
Whether or not you believe in tales of "Mothman," if you live in West Virginia, you're sure to have heard them. In a state...

Strange legend of Strange Creek may never be confirmed

Strange Creek wanders through the forests of central West Virginia to meet the Elk River.
Too much time may have passed to confirm anything of the legend of Strange Creek—long among the most haunting tales in West Virginia history,...

Yankee Sullivan fought 1847 match near Harpers Ferry

Prize-fighter Yankee Sullivan bested Bob Caunt near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
The month of May marks the beginning of West Virginia's rainy season, the time of year when storms build quickly over her mountain forests...

Bigfoot rumors boosting travel at central West Virginia lake

David Sibray sports a bigfoot souvenir t-shirt while photographing the Sutton Lake Marina.
It's hardly surprising Sutton Lake is attracting attention among bigfoot hunters. Amid one of the most forested regions in West Virginia, the rumor of...

Legendary West Virginia grave straddled Pennsylvania line

David Sibray peers into the grave of Judge John Reddick, buried in both Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Some say Judge John Hoke Reddick's ghost still haunts his grave, and I suppose they could be right, as the grave—a tomb, really—stands strangely...

True ghostly tales selected for your next W.Va. campfire

Fireside on vacation with River Expeditions
At least five months out of the year, West Virginia is warm enough to welcome light family camping, and there's little more exciting about...

Clarksburg duel, rare in West Virginia, fought April 24, 1810

Dueling was not popular in West Virginia, though the Moore-Burnham Duel was notably undertaken at Clarksburg in 1810.
Possibly because of a resurgence of ideas about chivalry and codes of conduct, dueling surged in popularity in the U.S. in the late 1700s,...

Could clerk’s body remain in watery grave beneath Ohio River?

Could the remains of a ship's clerk linger in the dark beneath the mighty Ohio River?
Might the body of an unfortunate clerk lie buried in a vault beneath the Ohio River? If the full tale of the Wreck of...

Legend of Van Bibber’s Leap still echos in Kanawha Valley

Site of Van Bibber's Leap, Van Bibber's Rock rises above the Kanawha River below Kanawha Falls.
The arrival of spring in what would become West Virginia in the late 1700s was not often met with the enthusiasm with which we...

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