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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.

Snowshoe Mountain to open for summer season July 2

The sun sets over the Allegheny Mountains as seen from Snowshoe Mountain.
It's finally stopped snowing in the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia—in time for officials at Snowshoe Mountain Resort to unveil a modified schedule of...

Wear life jackets while boating, swimming in lakes, streams

Boaters in West Virginia are required to wear life vests on the water. (Photo: Razvan Chisu)
As the summer boating season approaches, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding members of the public to wear life jackets while...

State Parks offer 30 percent lodging discount to W.Va. residents

State-managed parks and forests in West Virginia are offering state residents discounts of 30 percent on overnight stays in cabins, campgrounds, and lodge rooms...

State Park cabins, lodges, camping opening for in-state guests

The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.
Overnight facilities in West Virginia's state parks and forests closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus will start reopening to state residents...

WVU professor says trail use up, thanks to pandemic

Hikers trek into a spruce forest in the West Virginia highlands.
A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local rail trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use...

Biologists anticipate increased turkey harvest opportunity

Spring gobbler season in West Virginia is anticipated to be especially productive.
Turkey hunters in West Virginia can anticipate increased harvest opportunities during the 2020 spring gobbler season, which is scheduled to open Monday, April 20,...

Add movement to your plans, says WVU physical activity expert

A jogger runs past the Chambers College of Business and Economics during the coronavirus outbreak.
With a stay-at-home order in place across West Virginia, it’s a critical time to add exercise to your daily routine, says a physical activity...

Monster fish being caught in monster capital of West Virginia

Far from urban areas, lakes in West Virginia apparently boast more than their share of big fish.
Bigfoot and the Flatwoods Monster aren't the only bizarre creatures being reported at the center of West Virginia in Braxton County. Apparently, the fishing...

Governor directs private campgrounds to close to out-of-staters

Camping is a popular form of vacationing in West Virginia, and campgrounds may be found throughout the state.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is directing private campgrounds to prohibit new out-of-state campers to limit the rate of spread of COVID-19 in the...

West Virginia to waive license requirement for resident anglers

A fly fisherman wades into a stream in West Virginia.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that to encourage solitary outdoor activity during the coronavirus outbreak, state residents can enjoy a month of...

Wheeling city parks director says facility use is up

Daffodils blossom at a park in Wheeling, West Virginia.
The director of parks and recreation for the City of Wheeling says recreational use has noticeably increased at the city's facilities and elsewhere, certainly...

Six crowd-free vacation experiences in outdoorsy West Virginia

The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.
Though it lies in the heart of the eastern U.S., West Virginia may offer more than its share of uncrowded vacation experiences. Because of its...

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