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

West Virginia University is celebrating the opening of new outdoor recreation trails.

WVU Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative celebrates new trails

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia University (WVU) Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative is a few steps closer to delivering trail...
Fishing guide Bill Handy prepares to launch onto the upper New River on an early fall day.

New River Gorge ranked second among fall fishing destinations

SANDSTONE, W.Va. — The New River Gorge in southern West Virginia has been ranked second among the top autumn fishing destinations in the U.S....
A white-tailed buck peers out from behind a woodpile.

State reminds hunters to buy stamps before archery season Saturday

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Hunters who want a chance to take up to two additional deer during West Virginia’s statewide deer archery season have...
Black bear are now found in all 55 West Virginia counties.

Early bear gun seasons launch in September in W.Va.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Early black bear gun hunting, with or without dogs, is available in four counties from September 3-11, 2022, and will open...
Hunting coyotes at night in West Virginia requires written permission from the landowner and prior notification to the local Natural Resources Police

West Virginia updates regulations for coyote night hunting

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The W.Va. Natural Resources Commission has approved updates to the regulations for coyote night hunting. Using any color artificial light or...