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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.

West Virginia an ideal statewide destination for mountain biking

Tracy Toler and his daughter bike a forest trail in southern West Virginia.
With its ideal mix of terrain, elevation, and untouched beauty begging to be discovered, West Virginia is an ideal destination for mountain biking, according...

Angler breaks West Virginia's long-standing channel catfish record

Allen Burkett of Criders, Va., caught a channel catfish that weighed 36.96 pounds and measured 40.59 inches in length.
A 17-year record for the largest channel catfish caught in West Virginia has been broken, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. On June...

Angler catches W.Va. record muskie in Braxton County

West Virginia fisheries biologist Aaron Yeager (left) with Lucas King (right) holding King's record musky.
West Virginia officials have confirmed that on Saturday, March 19, Lucas King, of Burnsville, West Virginia, caught and released a new Mountain State record...

Governor lauds fifth anniversary of Gold Rush trout program

The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.
Gov. Jim Justice announced today that the "West Virginia Gold Rush" will return for its fifth year on March 29 and provide anglers and...

West Virginia hunters harvested 105,278 deer in 2021

A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.
Hunters harvested 105,278 white-tailed deer in 2021 during the recent buck firearms, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, crossbow, youth/Class Q/Class XS, and Mountaineer Heritage deer seasons. The...

Division of Natural Resources conducts study on hunting

West Virginia residents are eligible through December to register for the annual Hunting & Fishing License Giveaway.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of state residents and their hunting participation and success rates for various species to...

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...


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