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Recreation

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.

Guyandotte communities celebrate with five July 14 float trips

Guyandotte River at Logan, West Virginia, Logan County, Hatfield & McCoy Region
Communities along the Guyandotte River in south-western West Virginia are celebrating the restoration of the scenic waterway July 14 with an inaugural kayak and...

Parks celebrate Canoe Day; Beech Fork offers group paddle

A youth canoes at Beech Fork State Park.
Officials in the West Virginia state park system are encouraging visitors to celebrate National Canoe Day June 26 by taking a canoe or kayak...

Raft trips only a bus-ride away for Kanawha Valley residents

Excited rafters plunge into a rapid on New River.
A whitewater rafting trip on the New River is only a bus-ride away for residents of the Kanawha Valley, thanks to a partnership between...

West Virginia kayaking fest may now be nation’s largest

Kayaks await the annual Tour de Coal near the Upper Falls on the Coal River.
Organizers of an annual flat-water kayaking tour on the Coal River at Saint Albans, West Virginia, say they think their event may now be...

New hand-fishing season opens June 15 in W.Va.

Catfish may be taken by hand in W.Va.
A new West Virginia "noodling" or hand-fishing season launches June 15, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. A law passed during the 2018...

Conaway Run Lake facilities to close during repair

Conaway Run Lake forms behind an inpoundment in the Conaway Run Lake Wildlife Management Area.
As part of the dam-safety program of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Conaway Run Lake, near Middlebourne, in Tyler County, is undergoing...

Biologists find success restoring trout in eastern panhandle

Biologist Brandon Keplinger (center) works with staff to restore trout populations.
Biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources have released fingerling brook trout into a tributary of the Cacapon River with the help...

Little Beaver lake nominated to ‘mom-approved” list

Little Beaver Lake is being numbered in a nationwide list of mom-approved parks.
The lake at Little Beaver State Park has been nominated one of the best places to go for family-friendly fishing and boating in West...

Needleseye park at Oak Hill now open to hikers, climbers

Hiker at Needles Eye
Climbers and hikers are welcome to begin exploring a 300-acre park under construction near the New River Gorge that includes more than two miles...

Outfitter provides discounted raft trips to celebrate W.Va. rafting

Excited rafters plunge into a rapid on New River.
River Expeditions will celebrate the 50th anniversary of whitewater rafting in West Virginia June 20 with discounted trips on the New River, according to...

More than 1,000 kayaks expected at burgeoning W.Va. festival

Kayakers float Coal River, expected to fill with more than a thousand kayaks June 16.
A record-breaking 1,000 kayakers are expected to participate in the 14th annual Tour de Coal community float trip Saturday, June 16, on the Coal...

Agencies, farmers markets to present state park dinners

Farm on Jordan Run Road, Grant County, Rick Burgess, Potomac Branches Region
Three state agencies have partnered with the W.Va. Farmers Market Association to host eight farm-to-table dinners in West Virginia state parks. Each will take...

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