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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Welcome to the West Virginia Explorer, your guide to travel and history in the Mountain State since 1999. Use the explorer to plan your vacation or discover more about the state's marvelous attractions and opportunities for recreation as well as its delightful communities, world-class lodging, and unmatched real estate, including properties that are among the most affordable in the U.S.

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WV Ramp Dinners & Festivals

After a long winter, settlers in West Virginia hungrily welcomed the appearance of the wild leek or ramp, one of the first edible plants...

Travel Guide: Attractions

Spectators gather at Haddad Riverfront Amphitheater in Charleston, West Virginia.
Kegs at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co.
Mountaineer Casino Resort & Race Track
Fish Creek Covered Bridge near Hundred, Wetzel County, Northern Panhandle Region
Cornfield near Murraysville, WV, Jackson County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Hotshot Eastbound (1956), taken at a drive-in theater in Iaeger, West Virginia, was used in O. Winston Link's book Steam, Steel & Stars.
Forest near Grafton, West Virginia, out of which the Grafton Monster allegedly appeared.
Capitol Street in Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
Afternoon at Dolly Sods Wilderness, Monongahela National Forest, National Parks
Seneca Rocks Visitor Center, Seneca Rocks, WV, Pendleton County, Potomac Branches Region
South Charleston Mound at South Charleston, WV, Kanawha County, Metro Valley Region
Kayakers in the New RIver Gorge. Rivers, New River Gorge Region
Vista at Kumbrabow State Forest, State Forests, Allegheny Highlands Region
Gristmill at Babcock State Park, Clifftop, WV, Fayette County, New River Gorge Region
Pond at McClintic Wildlife Management Area, Wildlife Management Areas, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Vineyard on Fisher Ridge near Liberty, WV, Putnam County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region

Travel Guide: Communities

Harpers Ferry, WV
Farmland in Pocahontas County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Jarius Collins Home, Bramwell, West Virginia, Mercer County, Bluestone Country
Smoke Hole Countryside, West Virginia Regions, Monongahela National Forest, Potomac Branches Region

Travel Guide: Lodging

Lakeside home near Summersville, WV, Nicholas County, New River Gorge Region
Campgrounds on New River, New River Gorge Region
Inn at Glade Springs Resort
Country inn at Summersville, WV, Nicholas County, New River Gorge Region

Travel Guide: Recreation

Cornfield near Murraysville, WV, Jackson County, Mid-Ohio Valley Region
Mud hazard at ACE Adventure Resort, ATV Guides, New River Gorge
Caving at Sinks of Gandy, Osceola, WV, West Virginia Caves in Randolph County, Allegheny Highlands Region
Austin Hoffman and record blue cat taken on Ohio River, 2014
Turkey hunting, Fayette County, Adventures on the Gorge
A kayaker paddles the Coal River Water Trail.
Climbing near New River Gorge Bridge
Cabela's at Triadelphia, WV, Ohiio County, Northern Panhandle Region
Skier at Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia
Snow tubing park at Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, WV, Raleigh County, New River Gorge Region