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.

Powell Mountain Goat beloved inhabitant of central West Virginia

Powell Mountain Goat, Nicholas Countyvideo
Photojournalist Anne Johnson on May 1 stopped on the flank of Powell Mountain in central West Virginia to visit its regionally famous inhabitant -- a...

Hunters harvest 108,856 deer during fall-Jan. seasons

White-tailed deer in West Virginia
Hunters in West Virginia registered 108,856 white-tailed deer through West Virginia's electronic game-checking system during the recently completed seasons, according to the state Division...

Piney Creek trails attracting dozens daily; trail map unveiled

Hikers explore a trail in the Grey Flats Trail System at Beckley, W.Va.
Hikers, bikers, and runners in growing numbers are venturing onto woodland trails in the new Piney Creek Trail System near Beckley, West Virginia, according...

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...

2018-’19 bear harvest in W.Va. declined, still 6th highest

A black bear hides in a thicket in rural West Virginia
West Virginia hunters harvested 2,606 bears during the combined 2018 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, black-bear project leader for the state...

Needleseye park at Oak Hill now open to hikers, climbers

Hiker at Needles Eye
Climbers and hikers are welcome to begin exploring a 300-acre park under construction near the New River Gorge that includes more than two miles...

W.Va. to boost golden-trout stocking programs in 2019

A youth watches golden trout swim at a West Virginia wildlife exhibit.
The West Virginia Gold Rush—special stocking of golden rainbow trout—will return in 2019 with more fish and new locations, according to Stephen McDaniel, director...

Walking the Carriage Trail in Charleston, W.Va.

Spy monument on Carriage Trail, Charleston, West Virginia
Few of the trails I've walked compare to the Sunrise Carriage Trail, once the winding approach to Sunrise, the stately residence of William Alexander...

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...

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...

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: autumn trout stocking pushed back to help spawn

Trout being stocked in WV State Parks
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock 26 streams and 11 lakes in the Mountain State with trout during the weeks of...

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