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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...

Harpers Ferry rangers to lead strenuous May 8 hike to Split...

Rangers with the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park will lead a particularly strenuous hike to Split Rock on the Loudoun Heights Trail May 8,...

Hiking through spruce at Walter Nature Park

David Sibray hikes through a grove of Norway Spruce at Walter Nature Park in Putnam County.
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...

Southern extent of tamarack highlight of Cranesville Swamp

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...

West Virginia hiking blogger says New River Gorge tops inquiries

New River at Grandview, Raleigh County, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, New River Gorge Region
GRANDVIEW, W.Va. — Though travel to West Virginia is increasing statewide, a blogger best known for helping families with children find good hiking options...

Unique, single-leafed orchid sprouts in winter woodlands in West Virginia

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Only the most sharp-eyed outdoor enthusiasts may have spotted this remarkable one-leafed orchid hiding in the West Virginia woodlands in winter. While...

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,...

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...

Hikers exploring lost trails of the New River Gorge

David Sibray inspects some of the many large trees that grow along the Polls Plateau Trail.
In 2014, without much fanfare, the National Park Service opened a new access point for two of the most remote trails within the New...

Construction on New River Gorge trail to Long Point set for...

Construction on the Long Point Trail—one of the most popular trails in the national park system in southern West Virginia—has been scheduled to close...

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...

Long Point Trail offers unrivaled views of New River Gorge

New River Gorge Bridge from Long Point
The New River Gorge National Park and Preserve offers countless opportunities for adventures, and one of the most accessible and highly rewarding is a...

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