Tuesday, June 18, 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.

Conaway stocking suspended until dam repairs are completed

Conaway Run Lake forms behind an inpoundment in the Conaway Run Lake Wildlife Management Area.
Trout stocking at Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County has been suspended until repair work to the dam is completed, the Division of Natural...

Geologic mystery in Monroe County visible only from the air

David Sibray peers into a cave system in southern West Virginia.
Unbeknownst to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface earth has been hiding beneath their...

Trout stocking underway for 2019 in West Virginia

Campbell Falls at Camp Creek State Park, Mercer County, Bluestone Region
West Virginia’s 2019 trout-stocking season is underway. Through May 31, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock lakes and streams around the...

First Mountaineer Heritage hunting season set Jan. 10-13

A hunter roams the West Virginia forest Illustration c. 1861 from Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother).
Big-game hunters in West Virginia will have the opportunity to take part in West Virginia’s first "Mountaineer Heritage Season" this week. Running Thursday-through-Sunday, Jan. 10-13,...

Despite mild temps, Canaan ski area keeps 19 runs, trails open

Snowboarder at Canaan Valley Resort
Thanks to an early cold spell, Canaan Valley Resort's ski area is operating 19 downhill runs and trails despite milder-than-normal temperatures, according to Steve...

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 —...

Three ski areas in West Virginia to open for season this...

A village of ski lodges clusters at the top of Snowshoe Mountain. Photo courtesy W.Va. Ski Areas Association.
NOTE: Since this story was made, Timberline resort has rescheduled the opening date of its ski area for December 21, 2018. Fortified by ideal weather,...

W.Va. trappers and hunters must tag fur-bearing catch

An otter paddles in a pond in West Virginia.
Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding trappers of beaver, bobcat, fishers, and otters that they are required to electronically register...

Gas developer helps fund restoration in wildlife-management area

Greg Dotson, director of environmental health and safety for Eureka Midstream, presented the $75,000 to the Mid-Ohio Valley Branch of Quality Deer Management Association at the 2018 Mountaineer QDMA banquet in Morgantown, West Virginia.
A large-scale, cooperative wildlife-habitat enhancement project has been initiated in the Lewis Wetzel Wildlife Management Area in southern Wetzel County with a $75,000 donation...

World-class trails at scout reserve now open to mountain bikers

A mountain biker explores trails at the Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve near the New River Gorge.
A 35-mile system of world-class mountain bike trails are now open to bikers off-season at the Summit Bechtel Reserve near Beckley, West Virginia, thanks...

Canaan resort to open ski area Dec. 15, skating, tubing Thanksgiving

Snow has fallen on the ski slopes at Canaan Valley Resort in the Alleghenies in northern West Virginia.
Winter has arrived in the Allegheny Mountains in northern West Virginia, and officials at Canaan Valley Resort are looking forward to opening the resort's...

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