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W.Va. State Parks hosting Jan. 1 guided hikes at eight parks

Ice at Blackwater Falls, Blackwater Falls State Park, Davis, WV, Allegheny Highlands Region
Guided hikes have been scheduled for January 1, 2022, at eight state parks in West Virginia in concert with the national First Day Hikes...

Trail guide picks his top three hikes in the New River...

The largest falls on Glade Creek in the New River Gorge is roughly a mile upstream of its mouth.
Trail guide Levi Moore has been hiking the New River Gorge for decades. Now that it's become part of America's newest national park, the...

WVU professor says trail use up, thanks to pandemic

Hikers trek into a spruce forest in the West Virginia highlands.
A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local rail trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use...

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)
The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...

Bethany's Parkinson Forest added to old-growth network

Students at Bethany College stroll the Parkinson Forest.
The Parkinson Forest at Bethany College has been added to the national Old-Growth Forest Network—the eleventh site in West Virginia to be included and...

Ask Levi: What are good subjects for a fall hike with...

Backroad in Mercer County, Bluestone Region
Dear Levi: We'd like to take our grandchildren on an autumn leaf hike. What are some points we can make about the fall leaf...

Eighth annual spring nature event set for April 9 at St....

Dutchman's Breeches flower in spring at Saint Albans City Park in Saint Albans, West Virginia.
St. Albans Parks and Recreation and organizers are pleased to announce the Eighth Annual "Take a Walk on The Wild Side" Nature Hike event...

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.
The other day a reader write that a rattlesnake had been spotted on one of her favorite hiking trails. Should she really be worried,...

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

David Sibray explores a natural bridge in Roane County.
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...

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