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 hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

West Virginia spring turkey harvest declined in 2019

Preliminary data indicates spring turkey hunters harvested 11,210 gobblers in 2019, according to Mike Peters, Game Bird and Small Game Project Leader for the...
David Sibray explores a natural bridge in Roane

Video: Natural bridge hidden in southern Roane County, W.Va. Scenic Roane County, West Virginia, boasts its fair share of rock formations, but the largest of three small natural bridges there makes for an...
ATVers navigate a muddy trail near the New River Gorge. Photo courtesy New River ATV Tours.

ATV touring company opens on New River Gorge near Oak Hill

ATV enthusiasts have a new option when it comes to exploring the West Virginia back-country—guided ATV tours on the New River Gorge. Opening in May...
Paddlers float the Elk River below Sutton Dam. Courtesy Braxton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Registration opens for annual Elk River float trip at Sutton

As many as 500 participants are expected to attend the sixth annual Elk River Float Trip June 8 at Sutton, West Virginia, in Braxton...
Joe Wood stocks trout in Buffalo Creek near Clay in Clay County,

West Virginia governor announces new trout-stocking pattern

Governor Jim Justice has announced that the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources has implemented a new trout-stocking method designed to enhance fishing. Rather than...

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