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

The sun sets over the Allegheny Mountains as seen from Snowshoe Mountain.

Snowshoe Mountain to open for summer season July 2

It's finally stopped snowing in the Allegheny Mountains in West Virginia—in time for officials at Snowshoe Mountain Resort to unveil a modified schedule of...
Boaters in West Virginia are required to wear life vests on the water. (Photo: Razvan Chisu)

Wear life jackets while boating, swimming in lakes, streams

As the summer boating season approaches, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is reminding members of the public to wear life jackets while...

State Parks offer 30 percent lodging discount to W.Va. residents

State-managed parks and forests in West Virginia are offering state residents discounts of 30 percent on overnight stays in cabins, campgrounds, and lodge rooms...
The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.

State Park cabins, lodges, camping opening for in-state guests

Overnight facilities in West Virginia's state parks and forests closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus will start reopening to state residents...
Hikers trek into a spruce forest in the West Virginia highlands.

WVU professor says trail use up, thanks to pandemic

A West Virginia University researcher says exercising on local rail trails has doubled during the pandemic and is safe as long as people use...

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