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 youth learns to cast at Stonewall Resort State Park. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

W.Va.’s largest hunting-fishing show set for Sept. 22-23

Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County for West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day Sept. 22-23,...
An archer in the West Virginia forest draws his bow. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

2018 archery and crossbow seasons in W.Va. open Sept. 29

Archery and crossbow seasons for white-tailed deer, black bear, and wild boar will open Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in West Virginia, and its archery...
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Hike on Alice Knight Trail leads to beloved W.Va. waterfall

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHISh1sHq3I I could hardly have chosen a more sweltering afternoon on which to hike the Alice Knight Memorial Trail — a 1.1-mile loop that follows...
Rafters outfitted with River Expeditions watch raft-load plow through Sweets Falls on the Gauley River.

Indian Summer on Gauley to enhance 50th year of W.Va. rafting

Celebrating the 50th year of whitewater rafting in West Virginia, officials at River Expeditions say a pleasant Indian Summer should enhance Gauley Season 2018,...
A West Virginia hunter sights his gun.

DNR: Hunters should scout pre-season, check equipment

September marks the beginning of many hunting seasons, and officials at the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources are reminding hunters to prepare by scouting,...

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