Saturday, September 22, 2018


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.

Hike on Alice Knight Trail leads to beloved W.Va. waterfall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHISh1sHq3I I could hardly have chosen a more sweltering afternoon on which to hike the Alice Knight Memorial Trail — a 1.1-mile loop that follows...

Indian Summer on Gauley to enhance 50th year of W.Va. rafting

Rafters outfitted with River Expeditions watch raft-load plow through Sweets Falls on the Gauley River.
Celebrating the 50th year of whitewater rafting in West Virginia, officials at River Expeditions say a pleasant Indian Summer should enhance Gauley Season 2018,...

DNR: Hunters should scout pre-season, check equipment

A West Virginia hunter sights his gun.
September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons, and officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to prepare by scouting,...

Tours of new W.Va. elk preserve set for Sept., Oct. 2018

A bull elk roams a meadow in Logan County in southern West Virginia (WV).
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will lead 20 guided tours of the Mountain State’s new elk-reintroduction site near Logan, West Virginia, in...

WV Tourism Office announces countdown to Gauley Season

Rafters on the Gauley River, Gauley River National Recreation Area
The West Virginia Tourism Office has launched its official countdown to Gauley Season. Only 10 days remain until whitewater-rafting enthusiasts from around the world...

Applications available for deer hunts at nine W.Va. state parks

A hunter in West Virginia awaits his quarry.
Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts necessary to manage herds at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. The hunts...

Video: Tunnels on North Bend trail offer cool respite in summer

Searching for a refuge from summer heat? If swimming isn't you're thing, perhaps a jog through one of the tunnels along the North Bend...

Slide Show: West Virginia by Night, the works of Jesse Thornton

Headlights travel across the New River Gorge Bridge at Fayetteville.
Rural and mountainous, West Virginia is home to some of the darkest skies in the eastern U.S. — a circumstance of which photographer Jesse...

Autumn already underway in West Virginia’s Canaan Valley

Visitors to Canaan Valley are invariably struck by the early arrival of autumn.
Few better places from which to enjoy the approach of autumn exist than the Canaan Valley, perched high in the Alleghenies of eastern West...

Unplug on a back-to-school raft trip through New River Gorge

Rafters paddle beneath historic New River railroad trestle
Start the school-year off by unplugging with the kids on a whitewater rafting trip through the New River Gorge, a chasm deep enough and...

Pedal-train excursion leads tourists into remote central W.Va.

Riders pedal along the old Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad, now a rail-trail near Clay, West Virginia.
A new pedal-train excursion that leads tourists along a glittering trout stream and deep into the mountains of central West Virginia has attracted more...

DNR reminds hunters about ethics, landowner permission

A young hunter enjoys the autumn season in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
In anticipation of fall hunting season, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is reminding hunters and trappers to prepare for a safe and enjoyable...

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