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Recreation

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.

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...

2018 buck firearm season in W.Va. opens Nov. 19

The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season will start Monday, Nov. 19 and run through Dec. 1.
The 2018 West Virginia buck firearms season begins Monday, Nov. 19, and runs through Dec. 1, according to the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources,...

Hikers exploring lost trails of the New River Gorge National River

David Sibray inspects some of the many large trees that grow along the Polls Plateau Trail.
If you're looking for new trails to tread, have I got a tip for you! Three years ago, without much fanfare, the National Park...

Wild game — a low-fat, high-protein alternative in W.Va.

Volunteers prepare deer meat to be distributed to West Virginians in need through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Photo courtesy W.Va. DNR.
Wild game provides a low-fat, high-protein alternative to beef or other commercial meats, says a wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural...

“Death by Hunter,” a buck considers the approach of winter

A white-tailed buck forages during winter. Photo courtesy Annika Thierfeld.
Editor's Note: Author L.W. Oakley here considers the thoughts of a buck in the wilds of eastern North America as the hunt and winter...

Special antlerless deer hunt set for Oct. 20, Dec. 26-27

A West Virginia youth learns the operation of the bow-and-arrow. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.
The first day of a three-day special antlerless deer-hunting season has been set for Oct. 20, and the second and third day for Dec....

Park Service to host meeting on climbing at New, Gauley

Climbing near New River Gorge Bridge
The National Park Service is inviting members of the public who have an interest in climbing at New River Gorge National River and Gauley...

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