Recreation

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.

New trail to historic mill ruin to open Saturday in Beckley

Hikers visit falls at Beckley Mill, Beckley, Raleigh County
Officials in Beckley, West Virginia, on Saturday will open a new hiking trail to provide access to the ruins of the mill established by...

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...

“Hidden” whitewater run opens to West Virginia paddlers

Paddlers explore a once-hidden landscape opening in the New River.
Rafters and kayakers have been provided another 5.3 miles of whitewater to run in southern West Virginia where an agreement has been reached to...

Invasive snakehead fish dumped in Berkeley County stream

Invasive Northern Snakehead dumped in Opequon Creek according to state, federal officials.
The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey have confirmed that a northern snakehead fish was killed in another body of water...

Saturday hike planned to “Island of Dead” on New River

Hikers peer into a coke oven on New River
The National Park Service has scheduled a four-hour hike Saturday, June 10, to the legendary Red Ash Island cemetery on the New River and...

DNR expands W.Va. Gold Rush trout stockings by 20 waters

Your chances of striking gold during the special West Virginia Gold Rush trout stockings April 2-6 have increased. Due to growing interest and excitement,...

Trout stocking underway for 2019 in West Virginia

Campbell Falls at Camp Creek State Park, Mercer County, Bluestone Region
West Virginia’s 2019 trout-stocking season is underway. Through May 31, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock lakes and streams around the...

Significant changes made to W.Va. fall hunting regulations

DNR officials are encouraging hunters and trapper to review changes in the Fall 2018 Hunting and Trapping Guide.
Important changes to West Virginia’s fall hunting seasons are included in the new 2018-2019 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations Summary, which officials at the...

W.Va. DNR publishes Friday and Saturday trout stockings

Friday and Saturday trout stockings will begin March 2 in waters within and near selected West Virginia state parks.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing this spring, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is publishing the locations...

The Jug among more peculiar W.Va. geographic features

Aerial image of the Jug
Long before I'd seen it, I'd become fascinated by the idea of visiting "The Jug" on Middle Island Creek, one of the more peculiar...

Photographer of iconic New River Gorge photo found

Sunset in the New River Gorge, New River Gorge National River, Wendy Parks Scott
For more than a year after this iconic photograph of the New River Gorge hit social media, West Virginia Explorer editor David Sibray spent countless...

Trout being stocked in five park lakes in advance of Earth...

Trout being stocked in WV State Parks
The W.Va. Division of National Resources is stocking trout in five state park lakes on April 22 to encourage family fishing during the Earth...

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