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 fly fisherman wades into a stream in West Virginia.

West Virginia to waive license requirement for resident anglers

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has announced that to encourage solitary outdoor activity during the coronavirus outbreak, state residents can enjoy a month of...
Daffodils blossom at a park in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Wheeling city parks director says facility use is up

The director of parks and recreation for the City of Wheeling says recreational use has noticeably increased at the city's facilities and elsewhere, certainly...
The Glade Creek Gristmill at Babcock State Park has become an icon of West Virginia rurality.

Six crowd-free vacation experiences in outdoorsy West Virginia

Though it lies in the heart of the eastern U.S., West Virginia may offer more than its share of uncrowded vacation experiences. Because of its...
Wave-smacking on New River, Adventures on the Gorge

West Virginia resort marketing crowd-free adventures

Faced with the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic, one West Virginia resort on the New River Gorge is marketing crowd-free river adventures. Adventures on...
Anglers watch the sun set on a West Virginia lake.

DNR holds meetings to discuss hunting, fishing, trapping

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will present proposed hunting, trapping and fishing regulations to the public at locations around the state on...

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