Thursday, October 17, 2019


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.

2014 ginseng season opens Sept. 1.

Ginseng ready for harvest in West Virginia
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia’s 2014 ginseng harvest will open Monday, Sept. 1, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 30, according to Leslie Fitzwater Smithson,...

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...

Free fishing weekend (June 7-8) to boost travel

This weekend (June 7-8) is free fishing weekend in West Virginia -- that time of year when anglers can fish without a license and...

Music festival to attract 1,500 to the New River Gorge

Mountain Music Festival 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. -- More than 1,500 spectators are anticipated to attend a three-day concert that opens a new festival ground in the New River...

Trails Weekend at North Bend offers expanded events

Discovery at North Bend State Park, Ritchie County
Few parks in West Virginia enjoy the status North Bend has attained for hiking and biking, so it's little surprise that 500 guests are...

June 7-8 is free fishing weekend in West Virginia

Fishing on Tygart River
The weekend of June 7-8 (2014) is free fishing weekend in West Virginia, during which residents and nonresidents alike may fish its lakes and streams...

W.Va. record for rainbow trout set at Berkeley Co. pond

Eric Files displays record rainbow trout
A state record for rainbow trout was established April 30 by Eric Files Sr. of Martinsburg, West Virginia, who pulled the 33.11-inch, 19.40-pound specimen...

W.Va. DNR: Catch a channel cat, and win a night’s camping

Channel Catfish
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In an effort to increase visitation at state-managed parks and recreation areas, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will begin...

Debarr wins whitewater trip through WVExplorer

Lisa DeBarr
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lisa Debarr, of Charleston, originally of Buckhannon, has won a guided whitewater rafting trip for two on the New River with...

Fly fishing course offered in the West Virginia outback

Map showing Spruce on Shavers Fork
There's only one practical way to reach the ghost town of Spruce on the Shaver's Fork of the Cheat River, and that's by train...

Five birds to watch for in West Virginia this summer

Yellow Warbler by Randy Bodkins
West Virginia may be among the best destinations for birding in the U.S. More than 300 species call the state home (at least temporarily, as...

Guests not likely to notice Canaan management transfer

View from ski lift at Canaan Valley State Park, Tucker County, Allegheny Highlands Region
The July 1 transfer of management of Canaan Valley Resort State Park to a second hospitality-management company won't likely result in obvious changes, according...

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