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Even in suburbs, unprotected food sources attract bear

Black Bear photo courtesy West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Once rare in many parts of West Virginia, black bear are now found in all counties, and officials are reminding residents that interactions increase...

Landscape, roads help draw thousands to motorcycle event

Mountains near Williamson, WV, to host Rally in the Valley
The roar of motorcycles is already reverberating in the Tug Valley of southwestern West Virginia, into which more than 15,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected...

Trail, climbing areas reopen after New River Gorge fire

Thunder Buttress at Beauty Mountain, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
LANSING, W.Va. -- The Endless Wall Trail and adjacent climbing access areas above the New River south of the New River Gorge Bridge have...

Trails are vital to economic development in West Virginia

Gary Morefield at Ship Rock, Beckley, West Virginia, Raleigh County, New River Gorge Region
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Trail building has proven a vital economic development tool in the U.S. in recent years. In West Virginia, where outdoor recreation has...

1863 map reveals change in the West Virginia landscape

Historic map showing West Virginia 1864
How has West Virginia changed over the last 150 years? Three counties in the southern state had yet to be created and two had yet...

Harpers Ferry event explores U.S. Colored Troops

Sgt. Peter H. Butler
HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. -- Harpers Ferry National Historical Park this weekend hosts a two-day commemorative event exploring the 1864 recruiting party held there for...

Trail weekend at Gorge resort attracting more participants

New River overlook at ACE Adventure Resort, New River Gorge
OAK HILL, W.Va. — Now in its eleventh year, the annual trail maintenance weekend at ACE Adventure Resort on April 26-27 is attracting more...

Forest fire burning southeast of New River Gorge Bridge

Smoke wreaths Idol Point, New River Gorge, New River Gorge National River
UPDATE (9:47 a.m., 4-24-2014): The fire that swept the wall of the New River Gorge southeast of the New River Gorge Bridge was 90...

Fort Scammon, an ideal spot for an afternoon outing

View from Fort Scammon, Charleston, West Virginia, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
I finally made it to Fort Scammon, a Civil War-era earthwork atop what's now Fort Hill in Charleston, West Virginia, No one died at the fort, or...

Festival season launches with a roar and a drone of bagpipes

May is strawberry season, West Virginia Strawberry Festival
Festival season in West Virginia launches in earnest in May and doesn't end until the weather grows too cold to support outdoor activities again in November. May 2014...

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Rafters plow through rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort
We need help spotting errors among our 380 Cities & Towns pages (some of the more-than-3,000 pages we publish), and we're providing a whitewater...

Just-spring on New River

I trekked down to the banks of the New River last week, andI was reminded of the e.e. cummings poem, which I've sharedbelow. by e.e....

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