Recreation in West Virginia

Zipping along at River Riders

West Virginia is among the best known destinations for recreation in the eastern U.S. Millions of visitors annually venture into its mountains and valleys to hike and bike, cave and climb, fish and hunt, golf and game, ski and paddle. Recreation here isn’t limited to the traditional and extreme varieties for which the state is widely known. By our definition, it includes everything from antiquing to quilting — pursuits that can be enjoyed indoors and out.

More recreation categories to come in spring!

Rafters plow through rapids

Stay tuned as we add new categories and content to our guide to recreation in . In the near future you can expect to see our guides to golf, gaming, hiking, and hunting being developed. Guides to kayaking, zip-lining, and other popular forms of recreation in West Virginia will soon follow.

West Virginia Recreation News

ATVs parade through Gilbert, West Virginia, during National Trailfest.

National Trailfest to attract record ATV enthusiasts

More than 5,000 ATV enthusiasts are expected to visit Gilbert, West Virginia, this October during National Trailfest, now one of the nation's largest all-terrain...
An angler in West Virginia shows off his catch, a rainbow trout.

Statewide meetings will discuss trout management

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will hold six public meetings with anglers and the general public in late September and October to...
Archery and crossbow hunting continue to be popular in West Virginia.

Archery seasons for bear, boar, and deer open Sept. 28

West Virginia's archery and crossbow seasons for bear, boar, and white-tailed deer opens Saturday, Sept. 28, amid sustained strong interest in the sport, according...
A young black bear peers out from a thicket.

What should I do if I meet a bear in West Virginia?

Dear Levi: I've read about an increasing population of black bear in West Virginia. What should I do if I encounter a bear while...
A black bear pauses in a West Virginia glade.

Growing bear population prompts early hunt in W.Va.

An early black bear gun season, with or without hunting dogs, will run from Aug. 31 through Sept. 15 in all of Logan, McDowell,...

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