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Prehistoric West Virginia was never a so-called uninhabited hunting ground

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When I moved to West Virginia in 2013, just out of grad school and anxious to learn more about the local...

Monongahela National Forest sets opening dates for recreation sites

September view at Dolly Sods Wilderness, Tucker County, Allegheny Highlands Region
ELKINS, W.Va. — Officials at the Monongahela National Forest have announced the 2024 opening dates for developed recreation sites across the 921,000-acre forest in...

"Worm Moon of March" lore is accurate, says West Virginia gardener

FLAT TOP, W.Va. — Worms are already making their presence known in the upper layers of the soil in early March, says a West...

New River Gorge national park in West Virginia now attracting more...

BECKLEY, W.Va. — The fantastic recreational opportunities in the New River Gorge in West Virginia are no longer a secret. Since becoming one of...

Unique, single-leafed orchid sprouts in winter woodlands in West Virginia

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Only the most sharp-eyed outdoor enthusiasts may have spotted this remarkable one-leafed orchid hiding in the West Virginia woodlands in winter. While...

Visitation increased in 2023 for all national park sites in southern...

Glen Jean, W.Va. — According to park officials, visitation increased across the board at all three national park sites in southern West Virginia in...

West Virginia's northern panhandle was once prime U.S. sheep country

The old-time breed of sheep raised in the mountains was small but hardy and adapted to spending its time in the woods.
WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia may best be known for its vast mountain forests, but its northern panhandle was once a grassland clipped low...

Forgotten West Virginia tavern rediscovered in Greenbrier County

LEWISBURG, W.Va. — Once counted among the most gracious homes in the Greenbrier Valley, the historic Level Tavern on scenic US-219 is being rediscovered,...

Monument near Summersville, West Virginia, recalls beloved nanny goat

The Powell Mountain goat once grazed the cliffs along US-19.
SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — A monument raised in memory of an escaped nanny goat is attracting the attention of motorists on US-19 in central West...

A silver rush in the Ohio Valley near Ravenswood, W.Va., came...

Wirt and Jackson counties experienced a failed silver rush in the late 1800s.
SILVER VALLEY, W.Va. — Is there silver in the hills of West Virginia? Parts of what's now western West Virginia enjoyed a kind of...

Scenic trout stream lies hidden along I-77 / I-64 West Virginia...

An angler casts into scenic Paint Creek, hidden just out of site of Interstates 64 and 77.
PAX, W.Va. — Few motorists traveling the West Virginia Turnpike between Beckley and Charleston may know that one of the state's most beautiful trout...

Tale of West Virginia monster may have first been documented in...

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The legend of a now well-publicized West Virginia monster known regionally as the "White Thing" may have first been documented by...

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