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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.

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...

West Virginia deer harvest down nine percent in 2019-20

White-tailed deer in West Virginia.
Preliminary counts indicate hunters harvested 99,437 white-tailed deer in West Virginia during the 2019-20 seasons, according to the state Division of Natural Resources. The harvest...

Trout stocking provides opportunity for year-round fishing

A trout-stocking truck follows a stream into the Allegheny highlands in West Virginia.
Thanks to West Virginia's year-round trout stocking program, fishing opportunities abound across the state, and officials are looking toward a new employment program to...

Bear harvest in West Virginia up 19 percent in 2019

a black bear wanders a spruce forest in West Virginia.
Hunters harvested 3,099 black bears during the combined archery and firearms seasons in West Virginia in 2019—the third-highest harvest ever recorded in the Mountain...

Canadian writer says West Virginia hunting traditions are unique

Young hunters in West Virginia learn early, says a Canadian writer.
No other U.S. state may be as strongly associated with hunting as West Virginia, says a Canadian writer who's fallen in love with the...

Two West Virginia record fish caught so far in January

Justin Conner of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County.
Two West Virginia record fish have been caught so far this January. Length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken by two...

Traditions celebrated at W.Va. hunting and fishing program

Governor Justice lauds the first increase in hunting and fishing licensure since 2013.
Hunters and anglers celebrated their love for the outdoors at the capitol Tuesday as West Virginia officials recognized the winners of a 2020 hunting...

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