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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.

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...

New River Gorge National Park implements new hunting regulations

Hunting is permitted in parts of the New River Gorge National Park & Preserve. (Photo courtesy Julian Hanslmaier)
Beginning January 1, 2022, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve will implement changes authorized by the recent legislation that expanded the park and...

W.Va. reminds hunters and trappers of 2021 furbearer regulations

A hunter and his hound venture out on a misty morning hunt.
Furbearer hunting seasons are underway in West Virginia, with raccoon hunting continuing through Feb. 28, 2022, and the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources again...

Eight ghost towns in southern West Virginia worth visiting

The Nuttalburg tipple greets visitors to a remote corner of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
One of the richest aspects of history in southern West Virginia involves coal mining. Following the Civil War, coal production in much of the...

Trail guide picks his top three hikes in the New River...

The largest falls on Glade Creek in the New River Gorge is roughly a mile upstream of its mouth.
Trail guide Levi Moore has been hiking the New River Gorge for decades. Now that it's become part of America's newest national park, the...

Muzzleloader deer hunting season 2021 opens Dec. 13

A white-tailed deer walks gingerly through a snowy West Virginia woodland. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)
West Virginia’s muzzleloader deer hunting season opens Dec. 13, and hunters who want to harvest an additional deer are reminded to buy appropriate hunting...

W.Va. DNR announces third annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway

West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources' third annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway is officially open. Anyone who purchases an annual 2022 hunting,...

W.Va. releases 2021 mast survey and hunting outlook

Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.
Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now review the 2021 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication available on the West Virginia Division...

Seasons set for dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, Virginia rails

A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced 2021-'22 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, and Virginia rails....

W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Days moves to New River Gorge

2021 National Hunting & Fishing Days celebration to take place at Adventure on! Freedom Festival Sept. 10-12 with free general admission.
Officials say West Virginia's annual Hunting and Fishing Days celebration on Sept. 10-12 will look quite different as the outdoor exposition will be part...

W.Va. DNR sets new waterfowl regulations for 2021-2022

Biologists have introduced two changes to 2021-'22 waterfowl regulations.
Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources have announced waterfowl regulations for the 2021-'22 season that include two changes over previous seasons. "First, the...

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