Friday, August 23, 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.

ATV touring company opens on New River Gorge near Oak Hill

ATVers navigate a muddy trail near the New River Gorge. Photo courtesy New River ATV Tours.
ATV enthusiasts have a new option when it comes to exploring the West Virginia back-country—guided ATV tours on the New River Gorge. Opening in May...

Registration opens for annual Elk River float trip at Sutton

Paddlers float the Elk River below Sutton Dam. Courtesy Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
As many as 500 participants are expected to attend the sixth annual Elk River Float Trip June 8 at Sutton, West Virginia, in Braxton...

West Virginia governor announces new trout-stocking pattern

Joe Wood stocks trout in Buffalo Creek near Clay in Clay County,
Governor Jim Justice has announced that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has implemented a new trout-stocking method designed to enhance fishing. Rather than...

Dirt Days fest to showcase Williamson as off-road hub

The Dirt Days Festival showcases Williamson as a chief destination for off-road travel in West Virginia.
More than 300 miles of trail extend into the mountains from Williamson, West Virginia, host of this weekend's inaugural Dirt Day Festival, which proponents...

Rail excursion gaining ground in scenic W.Va. valley

Passengers pass a wreck along the old Buffalo Creek & Gauley Railroad.
Thousands of miners and loggers once lived in the little valley through which West Virginia's newest rail excursion runs. Trout swim and deer browse...

W.Va. governor launches annual golden trout stocking program

A youth watches golden trout swim at a West Virginia wildlife exhibit.
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and representatives from the state Division of Natural Resources today launched the West Virginia Gold Rush — the Mountain...

Canaan resort wins multiple ski awards for third year running

A skier maneuvers through powder at Canaan Valley Ski Resort. Photo courtesy Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
For the third consecutive year, Canaan Valley Ski Resort in northern West Virginia has dominated the Liftopia "Best in Snow" awards program for the southern...

West Virginia’s 2019 spring gobbler season opens April 15

A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.
West Virginia’s 2019 four-week spring gobbler season opens Monday, April 15, and runs through May 11. Hunters can harvest one bearded bird per day...

Early registration set for annual Coal River float trip

Kayaks await the annual Tour de Coal near the Upper Falls on the Coal River.
Expecting to break attendance records again, organizers of one of the most popular river floats in the U.S.—the annual Tour de Coal—are opening registration...

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...

W.Va. promotes spring trout-stocking schedule

A father and daughter enjoy family fishing trip in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources...

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