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Welcome to the Recreation news category at West Virginia Explorer. Be sure to visit our Recreation guide for information about indoor and outdoor recreation in West Virginia.

Hatfield-McCoy Trails set historic growth record in 2021

Trail riders on the Hatfield-McCoy Trails
The Hatfield-McCoy Trail System in southern and southwestern West Virginia sold nearly 95,000 trail permits in 2021—the highest number of annual permits sold in...

Trout stocking 2022 underway on West Virginia streams

A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.
Trout stocking has commenced for the spring 2022 season in West Virginia, and 60 sections of stream have so far been stocked, according to...

W.Va. hunters harvested 2,756 black bears in 2021

Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.
West Virginia hunters harvested 2,756 black bears during the combined 2021 archery and firearms seasons, a 22 percent decrease compared to the 2020 harvest...

2022 wild boar firearms season in West Virginia opens Feb. 4

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.
West Virginia's resident-only wild boar firearms season will be open in Boone, Logan, Raleigh, and Wyoming counties in southern West Virginia Feb. 4-6, 2022,...

What if I meet a wild black bear in the woods...

A young black bear peers out from a thicket.
You might have heard that black bears are increasing in population in West Virginia. What should you do if you see one when you're...

$25M gift to WVU fosters flywheel effect for W.Va. outdoor economy

Cyclists are among the most prolific of outdoor recreation enthusiasts visiting West Virginia.
The Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative continues to build momentum one year after the couple’s transformational $25 million gift to West...

Dogs survive being trapped in West Virginia cavern with bear

Charted and uncharted caverns descend for thousands of feet beneath the surface of West Virginia.
A labyrinth of uncharted caverns extends for hundreds of feet beneath much of the scenic farmland in eastern West Virginia, and while some of...

Geologic mystery in Monroe County visible only from the air

David Sibray peers into a cave system in southern West Virginia.
Unknown to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface of the earth has been hiding...

2022 W.Va. fishing regulations now available online

An angler casts into a river in the Monongahela National Forest.
The 2022 West Virginia Fishing Regulations Summary is now available online through the state Division of Natural Resources. Printed copies will also be available...

W.Va. flatwater trail commission set to build connections

A kayaker leisurely paddles on a West Virginia flatwater trail.
Established a year ago, West Virginia’s flatwater trail commission is moving forward to connect resources for the state’s 14 water trails, including 88 miles...

Discover the top 10 whitewater destinations in West Virginia

Paddler enters pool on lower New River
No matter which class of rapids paddlers are determined to take on, West Virginia is the place to find them. Here among the Alleghenies...

W.Va. State Parks hosting Jan. 1 guided hikes at eight parks

Ice at Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV, Allegheny Highlands Region
Guided hikes have been scheduled for January 1, 2022, at eight state parks in West Virginia in concert with the national First Day Hikes...

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