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New geocaching trail attracting attention in Marion County

Geocaching is enjoying renewed interest as a socially-distanced pastime in West Virginia.
As a socially-distanced pastime, geocaching is enjoying a boost worldwide and in West Virginia just as Marion County reveals a new county-wide geocaching trail. The...

Sleepy valley of Indian Creek grows as a residential destination

The valley of Indian Creek in Monroe County wanders through scenic farmscapes.
Though it might sound cliche, time really does stand still in the Indian Creek valley in southern West Virginia. A winery has opened. Farmers...

Resident visitation record set in West Virginia state parks

Cabins in state-managed parks in West Virginia are welcoming record in-state visitors. (Photo: W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
State-managed parks and forests in West Virginia have welcomed a record-breaking number of in-state guests so far this year, thanks to a promotional discount...

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at six state parks

Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications from hunters to participate in controlled hunts for whitetail deer at six state parks. Controlled...

Tale of the Screaming Lady based on historical horror

A country road leads past the haunt of the Screaming Lady of Mason County.
Some of the most chilling tales of hauntings in West Virginia are based on real events, and one of the most horrific is that...

W.Va. biologists urge citizen participation in firefly project

Fireflies dance in a field in Nicholas County, West Virginia.
In an effort to understand declining firefly populations, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is inviting the public to participate in a citizen...

Applications available for W.Va. 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt

Dear are exceeding manageable goals in several areas of West Virginia.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications for its 2020 Limited Antlerless Hunt, which will be permitted in areas where division...

Camp Creek State Forest opens remote guest cabin

Mountaintop cabin at Camp Creek State Forest
A remarkable remote cabin that requires a 3.3-mile hike to access has been opened at Camp Creek State Forest, providing guests the opportunity for...

Instagram initiative promotes safe Metro Valley travel options

Grotto at Coonskin Park, Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
There's more to see and do in West Virginia's Metro Valley region than one might expect, which is why four visitor bureaus there have...

W.Va. Wildlife Center resumes regular hours, rates

A baby raccoon closely watches photographer Gary Bendig. (Photo courtesy Gary Bendig)
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources announces that the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek has resumed regular admission rates and hours of...

Biologists in West Virginia study how to relocate rattlesnakes

A timber rattler peers out from a forest hiding spot.
Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have teamed up with Marshall University graduate students to monitor the movement of timber rattlesnakes...

Making sense of whitewater rapid classifications

Kayaker on Deckers Creek, Morgantown, West Virginia, Monongalia County, Monongahela Valley Region
With its many rivers coursing through many different kinds of terrain, West Virginia is a paradise for paddlers and rafters, especially where whitewater paddling...

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