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Thursday, September 28, 2023

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...


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