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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.

Gauley River whitewater rafting season begins Sept. 6

Rafters rafting with Adventures on the Gorge prepare for an adventure on the Gauley River.
One of the most scenic rivers in the U.S. becomes one of the best whitewater rafting runs in the world on September 6, attracting...

New Martinsville to host North America boating championship

Boats race on the Ohio River at New Martinsville, West Virginia, during the 2017 Regattafest.
The allure of the Ohio River has won the eighth annual Regattafest at New Martinsville, West Virginia, designation as host of the American Power...

Bethany College seeks volunteers for trail system clean-up

Hundreds of hikers visit the trail system annually at Bethany College.
Bethany College is seeking outdoor enthusiasts to volunteer for its trail system workday from 8:30 a.m. to noon Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. The system includes...

Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center unveiled today by IMBA

The International Mountain Bicycling Association announced the newest recipient of its Ride Center designation—the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center in Pocahontas County, West Virginia.
The International Mountain Bicycling Association announced this week the new recipient of its IMBA Ride Center designation—the Snowshoe Highlands Ride Center in Pocahontas County,...

Lottery will permit rare deer harvest at W.Va. observatory

The Byrd Telescope glows red in the darkness at Green Bank.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank, West Virginia, has announced a special West Virginia resident-only controlled deer hunt at the observatory reserve...

W.Va. DNR seeks big bucks and trophy fish for displays

The Big Buck display attracts visitors during the annual West Virginia celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day.
ROANOKE, W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is asking hunters and anglers to enter showcase pieces for the big buck and trophy fish...

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...

Ask Levi: Should I worry about poisonous snakes on the trail?

Encounters with venomous snakes in West Virginia need not worry hikers.
Dear Levi: The other day someone said a rattlesnake had been spotted on one of my favorite hiking trails. I've never seen a snake...

Kayaks opening Guyandotte valley to new exploration

Kayakers ready to launch into the Guyandotte. Photo courtesy Guyandotte Water Trail.
The valley of the Guyandotte might be counted among West Virginia's more remote regions. Devil Anse Hatfield was born and died here, and the...

W.Va. officers to patrol July 5-7 for inebriated boaters

West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol for impaired boaters July 5-7.
West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol the state’s rivers and lakes during Operation Dry Water July 5-7, part of a national campaign...

Applications available for antlerless deer limited-permit areas

Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.
Applications for the 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online and will be accepted until midnight Aug. 14, according to...

West Virginia tourism social-media challenge starts June 14

West Virginia Week Challenge 2019
West Virginia Day is being celebrated this coming week, and Governor Jim Justice and state Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby are encouraging West Virginians and...

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