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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.

Canaan resort wins multiple ski awards for third year running

A skier maneuvers through powder at Canaan Valley Ski Resort. Photo courtesy Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
For the third consecutive year, Canaan Valley Ski Resort in northern West Virginia has dominated the Liftopia "Best in Snow" awards program for the southern...

West Virginia’s 2019 spring gobbler season opens April 15

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.
West Virginia’s 2019 four-week spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 15, and runs through May 11. Hunters can harvest one bearded bird per day...

Early registration set for annual Coal River float trip

Kayaks await the annual Tour de Coal near the Upper Falls on the Coal River.
Expecting to break attendance records again, organizers of one of the most popular river floats in the U.S.—the annual Tour de Coal—are opening registration...

Eight W.Va. state parks ready for Green Day hiking weekend

Violet Wood Sorrel blossoms in a woodland. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
After a long gray winter, hikers are as apt as wildflowers to burst forth, and eight West Virginia state parks are preparing for an...

Women’s empowerment hike set March 30 in New River Gorge

Malorie Polster contemplates the New River from an overlook at Grandview. Photo courtesy Active Southern West Virginia.
A women's empowerment hike to the legendary Long Point overlook of the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, has been scheduled for March...

W.Va. promotes spring trout-stocking schedule

A father and daughter enjoy family fishing trip in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources...

Help build guide to booming West Virginia paddling events

Racers on stand-up paddleboards ply the New River near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Photo courtesy Active SWV.
Paddling sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are increasing in popularity in the Mountain State, and editors at West Virginia Explorer are asking...

W.Va. to host statewide public hunting, fishing meetings

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations March 11-12 from...

Canaan Valley ski area to remain open through March 17

Youth ride a lift at Canaan Valley Resort. Photo courtesy Canaan Valley Resort.
Warm as it may seem in the mid-Atlantic region, it's still unmistakably winter in the Allegheny Mountains in northern West Virginia, and the Canaan...

Grant funds study of eight-county trail system in so. W.Va.

Volunteers with the New River Gorge Trail Alliance repair trail in the Monongahela National Forest with forest service staff and Youth Conservation Corp members.
The New River Gorge Trail Alliance has received a $60,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission to study the expansion of a bike trail...

New River college to offer nature, birding classes in March

Chestnut-sided Warbler by Randy Bodkins
New River Community and Technical College is offering classes in bird-watching and nature exploration in March at its campuses across southeastern West Virginia. Students can...

State record yellow perch caught on Summersville Lake

Clinton Mills of Ravenswood, West Virginia, with his state record yellow perch.
A state record yellow perch was caught by Clinton Mills, of Ravenswood, West Virginia, on Feb. 24, 2018, according to a news release from...

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