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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.

First Day Hikes help ensure successful active living goals

Winter is an ideal time to discover the West Virginia woodlands.
People who seek to maintain active lifestyles may be more likely to sustain them if they start the year that way, says a proponent...

Old-fashioned sled park attracting families to West Virginia

A young sledder barrels along the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park.
Nothing beats an old-fashioned sled ride, and one of the nation's largest sledding parks has re-opened for the season in West Virginia, a two-hour...

Harvest down during two-week buck firearms season

White-tailed deer in West Virginia.
Preliminary data collected from the electronic game checking system indicates hunters in West Virginia harvested 36,796 antlered deer during the two-week buck firearms season,...

Hunting, fishing applications include organ donor option

West Virginia has become one of the first states to offer an organ donor option on hunting and fishing license applications.
West Virginia hunting and fishing license applications now include the option to register as an organ donor. The Mountain State is one of the...

W.Va. autumn turkey harvest slightly below normal

A wild tom turkey puffs up in a West Virginia glade.
Turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 1,113 birds in autumn 2019, according to preliminary figures provided by the state Division of Natural Resources. Mike Peters,...

W.Va. Division of Natural Resources offers holiday gift ideas

A Hawks Nest State Park ornament hangs on a Christmas tree.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is offering gift ideas for outdoor enthusiasts, including wildlife calendars, state park gift cards, and lifetime and 2020...

Record conditions: Canaan to open slopes Dec. 13

Snow lays thick on the slopes at Canaan Valley Resort near Davis, West Virginia.
Officials at Canaan Valley Resort in West Virginia will open its ski area's slopes under record conditions on December 13, 2019—a day earlier than...

W.Va. hunting-fishing license contest begins Sunday

Young hunter in the field in West Virginia
West Virginians may now purchase their 2020 hunting and fishing licenses earlier than ever before and will also be entered to win a drawing...

Ski season 2019-'20 opens at Snowshoe Mountain

Skiers celebrate the beginning of ski season 2019-2020 at Snowshoe Mountain.
Ski season in West Virginia launched Friday morning at Snowshoe Mountain, where more than 12 slopes have opened to skiers and far more snow...

Buck, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to run concurrently

A black bear inspects a beech forest in West Virginia.
Deer hunters in West Virginia are being reminded that a concurrent bear season (without dogs) will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2019,...

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)
The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...

Canaan Valley skiing opens Dec. 14 with new capacity

Hikers on Bald Knob survey they ski area at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Opening on December 14, 2019, Canaan Valley Resort has invested in upgrades that will see more trails open earlier in the season and help...

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