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

A black bear inspects a beech forest in West Virginia.

Buck, bear hunting seasons in W.Va. to run concurrently

Deer hunters in West Virginia are being reminded that a concurrent bear season (without dogs) will run from Nov. 25 through Dec. 7, 2019,...
Trailhead at Pioneer Nature Trail at Glenville. (Photo: Glenville State College)

First phase of nature trail at Glenville State College complete

The first section of a walkable nature trail at Glenville State College has been completed, though there's more to come, according to the interim...
Hikers on Bald Knob survey they ski area at Canaan Valley Resort State Park.

Canaan Valley skiing opens Dec. 14 with new capacity

Opening on December 14, 2019, Canaan Valley Resort has invested in upgrades that will see more trails open earlier in the season and help...
Goldenrod at Healthberry Farm helps produce excellent honey.

Randolph County farm wins national medal for mead

Healthberry Farm has been awarded a silver medal in the sweet varietal mead category for its Honey River Basswood Mead, made with raw honey...
Snow-making commenced on schedule Nov. 1 at Snowshoe Mountain.

Now making snow, Snowshoe posts 2019-2020 events

Snowmaking has commenced on Snowshoe Mountain in the mountains of eastern West Virginia, and officials at the resort complex have announced its 2019-2020 calendar...

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