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Tuesday, July 7, 2020


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.

West Virginia resort marketing crowd-free adventures

Wave-smacking on New River, Adventures on the Gorge
Faced with the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic, one West Virginia resort on the New River Gorge is marketing crowd-free river adventures. Adventures on...

DNR holds meetings to discuss hunting, fishing, trapping

Anglers watch the sun set on a West Virginia lake.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will present proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations to the public at locations around the state on...

Biologists use electrofishing technique to study New River walleye

Biologists recently used the method to study walleye in the New River.
Electrofishing is proving to be an effective way to collect data about walleye, a popular sport fish, the population of which the West Virginia...

Flatwater paddling expanding quickly across West Virginia

Efforts to open water trails across West Virginia are also helping build its communities economically.
West Virginia is growing rapidly as a destination for flatwater paddling, welcoming a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts who are discovering the magic of...

Governor announces expansion of Gold Rush trout program

The star of the Gold Rush, a golden trout darts through a West Virginia stream.
Governor Jim Justice announced today that the West Virginia Gold Rush trout program will return bigger and better than ever March 27-April 4 and...

Hunter education classes prepare hunters for upcoming seasons

Two-day hunter education courses are being taught by DNR law enforcement officers.
When it comes to participating in West Virginia's many hunting seasons, there's a lot to remember. But new hunters don't have to learn everything on...

National healthy-living campaign comes to southern W.Va.

A family bikes a park trail in the New River Gorge National River.
Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, and Nicholas counties in southern West Virginia have been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate...

DNR using Christmas trees to create, improve fish habitat

Fisheries biologists are using Christmas trees to create fish habitat.
Fisheries biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are using old Christmas trees to improve habitat at popular fishing locations around the...

Harpers Ferry closes some climbing areas to protect falcons

A peregrine falcon surveys Harpers Ferry from a cliff on Maryland Heights.
Officials at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are temporarily closing some climbing areas on Maryland Heights to accommodate a pair of nesting peregrine falcons. A...

New rock-climbing area draws more tourism to New Martinsville

The Kiedaisch Wall climbing area overlooks the Ohio River near New Martinsville, West Virginia.
A new rock climbing area is drawing more outdoor recreation to New Martinsville, West Virginia, and Wetzel County, already known for their fishing, kayaking,...

Trail group changes name to Mountain State Trail Alliance

A hiker balances on a log along a West Virginia forest trail.
Four years after its founding, the New River Gorge Trail Alliance has decided to change its name to the Mountain State Trail Alliance to...

WVU helps breaks ground for physical activity statewide

WVU is funding 13 projects that increase or improve pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure in West Virginia.
From Wheeling to Williamson, West Virginians will gain new and improved options to get active with a leisurely stroll or bicycle ride, thanks to...

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