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

The state's annual youth fishing derby is set for June 12 at Little Beaver State Park near Beckley.

Statewide Free Fishing Weekend being celebrated June 12-13

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is calling on state residents and guests to grab a fishing pole this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June...
Chase Gibson, of Mount Clare, caught a 54.0625-inch, 39.64-pound musky at Burnsville Lake, breaking the previous record for length.

W.Va. record muskellunge caught at Burnsville Lake

A West Virginia angler caught a state record muskellunge on April 30 in Braxton County, according to officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural...
The whole family is welcome to pursue at whole host of outdoor adventures at the Pipestem Adventure Zone at Pipestem Resort State Park.

Pipestem Resort State Park welcomes new adventure zone

Adventure enthusiasts are invited to the mountains of southern West Virginia May 26 for the grand opening of the Pipestem Adventure Zone at Pipestem Resort...
A popular section of The Talon winds along flanks of the New River Gorge near Hawks Nest.

New national park boosts popularity of motorsports route

Global attention that America's newest national park has garnered is boosting interest in The Talon, an exceptional new motorsports route in southern West Virginia. The...
John Gibson displays the new West Virginia record freshwater drum, taken in the Kanawha River.

Putnam County angler catches W.Va. record freshwater drum

A Putnam County angler caught a state record freshwater drum on April 24 in Mason County, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has...

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