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

Frank Addington, Jr., takes aim at aspirin at the W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Show.

Addington headlines W.Va. Hunting and Fishing Show Jan. 25-27

Frank Addington Jr.’s Amazing Archery Show returns to Charleston to headline the annual West Virginia Hunting & Fishing Show, set for January 25-27 in...
Conaway Run Lake forms behind an inpoundment in the Conaway Run Lake Wildlife Management Area.

Conaway stocking suspended until dam repairs are completed

Trout stocking at Conaway Run Lake in Tyler County has been suspended until repair work to the dam is completed, the Division of Natural...
David Sibray peers into a cave system in southern West Virginia.

Geologic mystery in Monroe County visible only from the air

Unbeknownst to many residents of the Greenbrier Valley in southern West Virginia, a six-mile crack in the surface earth has been hiding beneath their...
Campbell Falls at Camp Creek State Park, Mercer County, Bluestone Region

Trout stocking underway for 2019 in West Virginia

West Virginia’s 2019 trout-stocking season is underway. Through May 31, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will stock lakes and streams around the...
A hunter roams the West Virginia forest Illustration c. 1861 from Harper's New Monthly Magazine by Porte Crayon (David Hunter Strother).

First Mountaineer Heritage hunting season set Jan. 10-13

Big-game hunters in West Virginia will have the opportunity to take part in West Virginia’s first "Mountaineer Heritage Season" this week. Running Thursday-through-Sunday, Jan. 10-13,...



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