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

Two-day hunter education courses are being taught by DNR law enforcement officers.

Hunter education classes prepare hunters for upcoming seasons

When it comes to participating in West Virginia's many hunting seasons, there's a lot to remember. But new hunters don't have to learn everything on...
A family bikes a park trail in the New River Gorge National River.

National healthy-living campaign comes to southern W.Va.

Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, and Nicholas counties in southern West Virginia have been selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to participate...
Fisheries biologists are using Christmas trees to create fish habitat.

DNR using Christmas trees to create, improve fish habitat

Fisheries biologists with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources are using old Christmas trees to improve habitat at popular fishing locations around the...
A peregrine falcon surveys Harpers Ferry from a cliff on Maryland Heights.

Harpers Ferry closes some climbing areas to protect falcons

Officials at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park are temporarily closing some climbing areas on Maryland Heights to accommodate a pair of nesting peregrine falcons. A...
The Kiedaisch Wall climbing area overlooks the Ohio River near New Martinsville, West Virginia.

New rock-climbing area draws more tourism to New Martinsville

A new rock climbing area is drawing more outdoor recreation to New Martinsville, West Virginia, and Wetzel County, already known for their fishing, kayaking,...

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