Saturday, October 19, 2019

Bethany College seeks volunteers for trail system clean-up

Hundreds of hikers visit the trail system annually at Bethany College.
Bethany College is seeking outdoor enthusiasts to volunteer for its trail system workday from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The system includes...

Ask Levi: How can I find a good hiking trail for...

West Virginia Explorer editor David Sibray hikes the Glade Creek Trail in West Virginia with a young friend.
Dear Levi: We receive a lot of questions about hiking trails for families with young children. What should folks be looking for in a...

Ask Levi: Should I worry about poisonous snakes on the trail?

Encounters with venomous snakes in West Virginia need not worry hikers.
Dear Levi: The other day someone said a rattlesnake had been spotted on one of my favorite hiking trails. I've never seen a snake...

Video: Natural bridge hidden in southern Roane County, W.Va.

David Sibray explores a natural bridge in Roane County.video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxaiPr0QaCE Scenic Roane County, West Virginia, boasts its fair share of rock formations, but the largest of three small natural bridges there makes for an...

Eight W.Va. state parks ready for Green Day hiking weekend

Violet Wood Sorrel blossoms in a woodland. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.
After a long gray winter, hikers are as apt as wildflowers to burst forth, and eight West Virginia state parks are preparing for an...

Women’s empowerment hike set March 30 in New River Gorge

Malorie Polster contemplates the New River from an overlook at Grandview. Photo courtesy Active Southern West Virginia.
A women's empowerment hike to the legendary Long Point overlook of the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, has been scheduled for March...

Once wheelchair-bound, active-living mentor to lead Jan. 1 hike

Levi Moore leads a winter hike through the woods in southern West Virginia.
First Day hiking has become enormously popular across the U.S., providing would-be enthusiasts the opportunity to jump-start their engines with a group of like-minded...

Ghost town hidden in W.Va. may soon be accessible to hikers

A wagon road climbs the mountain behind the Dunglen Hotel, deep in the New River Gorge.
A little-known, practically inaccessible ghost town in the mountains of southern West Virginia may soon be open to those willing to hike there —...

Hikers exploring lost trails of the New River Gorge National River

David Sibray inspects some of the many large trees that grow along the Polls Plateau Trail.
If you're looking for new trails to tread, have I got a tip for you! Three years ago, without much fanfare, the National Park...

Southern extent of tamarack highlight of Cranesville Swamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4pMpC4ieNw If you're a Canadian, chances are that tamaracks are nothing new. But if you're a West Virginian, you've probably never seen one. That's because...

Hiking through spruce at Walter Nature Park

David Sibray hikes through a grove of Norway Spruce at Walter Nature Park in Putnam County.video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-USSOmZkMA I had the opportunity to walk the one-mile loop trail at Walter Nature Park near Winfield, West Virginia, in Putnam County, a delightful path...

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...

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