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

David Sibray inspects some of the many large trees that grow along the Polls Plateau Trail.

Hikers exploring lost trails of the New River Gorge National River

If you're looking for new trails to tread, have I got a tip for you! Three years ago, without much fanfare, the National Park...
Volunteers prepare deer meat to be distributed to West Virginians in need through the Hunters Helping the Hungry program. Photo courtesy W.Va. DNR.

Wild game — a low-fat, high-protein alternative in W.Va.

Wild game provides a low-fat, high-protein alternative to beef or other commercial meats, says a wildlife biologist with the West Virginia Division of Natural...
A white-tailed buck forages during winter. Photo courtesy Annika Thierfeld.

“Death by Hunter,” a buck considers the approach of winter

Editor's Note: Author L.W. Oakley here considers the thoughts of a buck in the wilds of eastern North America as the hunt and winter...
A West Virginia youth learns the operation of the bow-and-arrow. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

Special antlerless deer hunt set for Oct. 20, Dec. 26-27

The first day of a three-day special antlerless deer-hunting season has been set for Oct. 20, and the second and third day for Dec....
Climbing near New River Gorge Bridge

Park Service to host meeting on climbing at New, Gauley

The National Park Service is inviting members of the public who have an interest in climbing at New River Gorge National River and Gauley...



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