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One of first U.S. serial killers came from West Virginia

Harry Powers, of Clarksburg, West Virginia, appears calm in this police photo.
On the morning of March 18, 1932, Harry Powers dropped through the gallows at the West Virginia Penitentiary and swung for 11 minutes before...

ACE launches first New River raft trip of 2014 Saturday

Rafters plow through rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- ACE Adventure Resort will launch the first New River whitewater rafting trip of its 2014 season at noon Saturday, according to...

"Country Roads" to be adopted as an official state song

Paddlers on Shenandoah River, Eastern Panhandle Region
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia this week formalizes the adoption of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," as an official state song, according to a...

The Devil's Tea Table: Lore and Geology at Little Creek Park

David Sibray visits the Devil's Teatable at Little Creek Park in South Charleston, West Virginia.
I can think of few better sites for demonstrating what geologists call tea-table erosion than the Devil's Tea Table at Little Creek Park at...

National park visits push +$51 million into southern W.Va.

Paddlers on New River near Quinnimont, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
GLEN JEAN, W.Va. -- More than one million visitors toured national park areas in southern West Virginia in 2012, spending more than $51 million...

ACE sponsorship: a big win for West Virginia tourism

Rafters in lower New River Gorge, ACE Adventure Resort
The development team at West Virginia Explorer would like to thank ACE Adventure Resort  for its support of the guide's 2014 reboot, which will be...

Trees can increase property value, especially in W.Va.

Capitol Street in Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
Whether you love or hate trees, practical and profitable reasons to plant and maintain them exist. To some folk, they're limb-dropping, leaf-littering sources of...

Bigfoot in West Virginia?

Bigfoot in West Virginia?
Bigfoot in West Virginia? Stranger things have been reported in the Mountain State -- wrecked spacecraft, moth men, bat children. Alongside these, a reclusive...

Spring peepers in W.Va. break into chorus mid-March

Spring Peeper
At least by the second week of March, West Virginians are being serenaded by a chorus of spring peepers, a  sure sign winter is...

Behind the Ranges: Why we explore the unknown

Saddle in New Creek Mountain, Mineral County, Potomac Branches Region
I think that most explorers are motivated by a shared sense of curiosity -- a need to know what lies beyond. Beyond the ridge....

Ghost in the Machine: Moore returns after 14 years

Jonathan Moore
The 2014 relaunch of West Virginia Explorer has been deputied not by a jet-setting newcomer to the industry, but by our publication's first webmaster....

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