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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.

Ask Levi: How can I find a good hiking trail for...

West Virginia Explorer editor David Sibray hikes the Glade Creek Trail in West Virginia with a young friend.
Dear Levi: We receive a lot of questions about hiking trails for families with young children. What should folks be looking for in a...

Ask Levi: Should I worry about poisonous snakes on the trail?

Encounters with venomous snakes in West Virginia need not worry hikers.
Dear Levi: The other day someone said a rattlesnake had been spotted on one of my favorite hiking trails. I've never seen a snake...

Kayaks opening Guyandotte valley to new exploration

Kayakers ready to launch into the Guyandotte. Photo courtesy Guyandotte Water Trail.
The valley of the Guyandotte might be counted among West Virginia's more remote regions. Devil Anse Hatfield was born and died here, and the...

W.Va. officers to patrol July 5-7 for inebriated boaters

West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol for impaired boaters July 5-7.
West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol the state’s rivers and lakes during Operation Dry Water July 5-7, part of a national campaign...

Applications available for antlerless deer limited-permit areas

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.
Applications for the 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online and will be accepted until midnight Aug. 14, according to...

West Virginia tourism social-media challenge starts June 14

West Virginia Week Challenge 2019
West Virginia Day is being celebrated this coming week, and Governor Jim Justice and state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby are encouraging West Virginians and...

DNR makes special trout stocking at Summersville Lake tailwater

Gauley River in Gauley River National Recreation Area, New River Gorge Region
Just in time for free fishing weekend June 8 and 9, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources—in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional River...

June 1 float supports West Fork, now prime kayak-fishing destination

Paddlers gather during the 2018 Float the Fork on the West Fork River.
The West Fork River is fast becoming one of the state's most exciting destinations for kayak fishing, according to a spokesman for a river-restoration...

West Virginia spring turkey harvest declined in 2019

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.
Preliminary data indicates spring turkey hunters harvested 11,210 gobblers in 2019, according to Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the...

Video: Natural bridge hidden in southern Roane County, W.Va.

David Sibray explores a natural bridge in Roane County.video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxaiPr0QaCE Scenic Roane County, West Virginia, boasts its fair share of rock formations, but the largest of three small natural bridges there makes for an...

ATV touring company opens on New River Gorge near Oak Hill

ATVers navigate a muddy trail near the New River Gorge. Photo courtesy New River ATV Tours.
ATV enthusiasts have a new option when it comes to exploring the West Virginia back-country—guided ATV tours on the New River Gorge. Opening in May...

Registration opens for annual Elk River float trip at Sutton

Paddlers float the Elk River below Sutton Dam. Courtesy Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
As many as 500 participants are expected to attend the sixth annual Elk River Float Trip June 8 at Sutton, West Virginia, in Braxton...

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