Recreation in West Virginia

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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

Vacationers lodge in a cabin at Snowshoe Mountain

Snowshoe Mountain to open skiing, snowboarding by Thanksgiving

SNOWSHOE, W.Va. — In advance of a strong El Niño, officials at Snowshoe Mountain have announced plans to open skiing and snowboarding on the...
A mallard is photographer in flight in West Virginia.

W.Va. sets important 2023-'24 migratory game bird season dates

FARMINGTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced that new hunting regulations for migratory game birds will go into effect on...
Kayakers on the Ohio River

Despite traffic, Ohio River can be a safe kayaking destination

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — As interest increases in kayaking on the Ohio River in West Virginia, officials advise paddlers to be especially attuned to safety. While...
Kayaking on Ohio River

Ohio River refuge islands in W.Va. increasingly attract kayakers

WILLIAMSTOWN, W.Va. — More than 20 virtually forgotten islands in the Ohio River in West Virginia are increasingly attracting kayakers drawn by the opportunity...
Climbers on New River Cliffs

Partners work to protect cliffs at Summersville, New River Gorge

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Comprising one of the most famous rock climbing destinations in the U.S., the cliffs that outcrop along the gorges of the...

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