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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.

Governor helps fund 61 outdoor recreation projects in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has announced the allocation of funds for 61 outdoor recreation projects across West Virginia, banking on recreation efforts...

Stonewall Jackson park to host Hunting and Fishing Day celebration

ROANOKE, W.Va. — According to West Virginia officials, the state’s National Hunting and Fishing Day celebration will return to Stonewall Resort State Park in...

What if I meet a wild black bear in the woods...

A young black bear peers out from a thicket.
You might have heard that black bears are increasing in population in West Virginia. What should you do if you see one when you're...

State adds, upgrades kayaking access on Elk River

The Elk River flows past Big Chimney eat miles above its mouth at Charleston.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is upgrading public-access sites along the Elk River in Kanawha County and adding several new locations near...

Despite river traffic, the scenic Ohio can be a safe kayaking...

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As interest in kayaking on the Ohio River in West Virginia increases, officials advise paddlers to be especially attentive to safety. While...

Registration open for "Becoming an Outdoors Woman" spring workshop

TWIN FALLS STATE PARK, W.Va. — Registration has opened for the "Becoming An Outdoors Woman" spring workshop at Twin Falls Resort State Park on...

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

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...

National Geographic names rafting New River Gorge top 2024 experience

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Whitewater rafting in the New River Gorge in West Virginia has been named one of National Geographic magazine’s “Best of the...

West Virginia Trout Stocking Schedules: March 6-10, 2023

West Virginia Explorer Magazine publishes an updated list of waters stocked by the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources as the division publishes announcements. Trout Stocking...

Geologic anomaly in southern West Virginia visible only from the air

David Sibray peers into a cave system in southern West Virginia.
SINKS GROVE, W.Va. — Unknown to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface of the...

The Discoverer names "Endless Wall Trail" best hike in West Virginia

LANSING, W.Va. — The Endless Wall Trail has again been ranked one of the best hiking trails in the U.S. However, officials with the...

Eight ghost towns in southern West Virginia worth visiting

The Nuttalburg tipple greets visitors to a remote corner of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve.
One of the richest aspects of history in southern West Virginia involves coal mining. Following the Civil War, coal production in much of the...

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