Recreation in West Virginia

Guest on zip line at River Riders, Recreation, Harpers Ferry, WV
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 rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort
Rafters plow through rapids

Stay tuned as we add new categories and content to our guide to recreation in West Virginia. 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

Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.

W.Va. releases 2021 mast survey and hunting outlook

Hunters getting ready for the fall hunting seasons can now review the 2021 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication available on the West Virginia Division...
A hunter addresses his dogs during an autumn hunt. (Photo courtesy Seth Schulte)

Seasons set for dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, Virginia rails

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced 2021-'22 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, snipe, sora, woodcock, and Virginia rails....
2021 National Hunting & Fishing Days celebration to take place at Adventure on! Freedom Festival Sept. 10-12 with free general admission.

W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Days moves to New River Gorge

Officials say West Virginia's annual Hunting and Fishing Days celebration on Sept. 10-12 will look quite different as the outdoor exposition will be part...
Biologists have introduced two changes to 2021-'22 waterfowl regulations.

W.Va. DNR sets new waterfowl regulations for 2021-2022

Officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources have announced waterfowl regulations for the 2021-'22 season that include two changes over previous seasons. "First, the...
The state's annual youth fishing derby is set for June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend being celebrated June 12-13

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state residents and guests to grab a fishing pole this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June...