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WVExplorer

Join David Sibray, publisher of West Virginia Explorer, as he travels the Mountain State in search of interesting people and places.

Guyandotte: little-known river with a lesser-known past

David Sibray explores the Slab Fork of the Guyandotte River.
Many West Virginia rivers have gained notoriety as travel destinations in recent years, largely as a result of their restored post-industrial water quality and...

Mothman Museum a highlight of Point Pleasant visit

The Silver Memorial Bridge spans the Ohio River at Point Pleasant, West Virginia, Mason County.
The weather was turning cold in mid-November 1966 when stories of a strange creature began to scatter like autumn leaves across West Virginia. Men...

Berkeley Springs among Sibray’s list of top day-trip destinations

Waders soak in a pools a Berkeley Springs State Park in Bath, West Virginia.
Of all the wondrous healing springs in West Virginia, no other enjoys quite the pedigree that Berkeley Springs can claim, which is why it's...

West Virginia Penitentiary at Moundsville focus of strange history

Entrance to former W.Va. Penitentiary
The gruesome old West Virginia State Penitentiary at Moundsville earned global notoriety this summer after video-game enthusiasts spotted it in a trailer for the...

Origin of name “Polemic Run” may remain a mystery

Polemic Run Road leads off the U.S. 19 expressway and into the hills along the Little Birch River.
Every day more than 10,000 motorists pass the turn off onto Polemic Run Road, but few leave the U.S. 19 expressway and wander into...

Five W.Va. state parks great for beating summer heat

Blennerhassett Mansion, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, Parkersburg, WV, Wood County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
I can't think of a West Virginia state park that wouldn't be ideal for a summer getaway. Many boast swimming pools and streams that...

Tale of Rich Mountain ghost echoes through the Alleghenies

Comrades-in-arms bury Indiana volunteers who fell in battle atop Rich Mountain
This summer I'll travel into the Alleghenies near Beverly, West Virginia, in Randolph County, to visit the site of the Battle of Rich Mountain....

Tourism Day draws more than 200 industry representatives

West Virginia Capitol Dome, Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
More than 200 tourism industry representatives gathered at the West Virginia capitol today to advocate for the industry as part of Tourism Day at...

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Raftload on Gauley River, River Expeditions
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Skiers cavort at Canaan Valley Resort in West Virginia
Sign up for the West Virginia Explorer newsletter by January 15, 2018, and be entered to win a two-day, two-night ski getaway at Canaan...

Chelsea Ruby: What makes West Virginia #AlmostHeaven to me

Chelsea Ruby
West Virginians—and everyone who loves West Virginia—I have a small but very important favor to ask: This month, take a few minutes to tell...

Entrenched meander near Beckley, W.Va., a geologic curiosity

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Just east of Beckley, in southern West Virginia, Piney Creek descends into a gorge that wanders the tablelands south of the New River Gorge. Near its...

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