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.

Too soon? West Virginia’s Canaan Valley readies for skiing

Snowboarders overlook the Canaan Valley from Canaan Valley Resort.
Is it too soon to talk about skiing? — not in the highest peaks in the Appalachian Mountains, in which snow is expected in...

W.Va. to boost golden-trout stocking programs in 2019

A youth watches golden trout swim at a West Virginia wildlife exhibit.
The West Virginia Gold Rush—special stocking of golden rainbow trout—will return in 2019 with more fish and new locations, according to Stephen McDaniel, director...

W.Va.’s largest hunting-fishing show set for Sept. 22-23

A youth learns to cast at Stonewall Resort State Park. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23,...

2018 archery and crossbow seasons in W.Va. open Sept. 29

An archer in the West Virginia forest draws his bow. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
Archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear, and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in West Virginia, and its archery...

Hike on Alice Knight Trail leads to beloved W.Va. waterfall

video I could hardly have chosen a more sweltering afternoon on which to hike the Alice Knight Memorial Trail — a 1.1-mile loop that follows...

Indian Summer on Gauley to enhance 50th year of W.Va. rafting

Rafters outfitted with River Expeditions watch raft-load plow through Sweets Falls on the Gauley River.
Celebrating the 50th year of whitewater rafting in West Virginia, officials at River Expeditions say a pleasant Indian Summer should enhance Gauley Season 2018,...

DNR: Hunters should scout pre-season, check equipment

A West Virginia hunter sights his gun.
September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons, and officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to prepare by scouting,...

Tours of new W.Va. elk preserve set for Sept., Oct. 2018

A bull elk roams a meadow in Logan County in southern West Virginia (WV).
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will lead 20 guided tours of the Mountain State’s new elk-reintroduction site near Logan, West Virginia, in...

WV Tourism Office announces countdown to Gauley Season

Rafters on the Gauley River, Gauley River National Recreation Area
The West Virginia Tourism Office has launched its official countdown to Gauley Season. Only 10 days remain until whitewater-rafting enthusiasts from around the world...

Applications available for deer hunts at nine W.Va. state parks

A hunter in West Virginia awaits his quarry.
Applications to participate in controlled deer hunts necessary to manage herds at nine West Virginia state parks are being accepted through Sept. 9. The hunts...

Video: Tunnels on North Bend trail offer cool respite in summer

Searching for a refuge from summer heat? If swimming isn't you're thing, perhaps a jog through one of the tunnels along the North Bend...

Slide Show: West Virginia by Night, the works of Jesse Thornton

Headlights travel across the New River Gorge Bridge at Fayetteville.
Rural and mountainous, West Virginia is home to some of the darkest skies in the eastern U.S. — a circumstance of which photographer Jesse...

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