Recreation in West Virginia

Guest on zip line at River Riders, Recreation, Harpers Ferry, WV
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 rapid on New River, ACE Adventure Resort
Rafters plow through rapids

Stay tuned as we add new categories and content to our guide to recreation in West Virginia. 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

Kayakers float Coal River, expected to fill with more than a thousand kayaks June 16.

More than 1,000 kayaks expected at burgeoning W.Va. festival

A record-breaking 1,000 kayakers are expected to participate in the 14th annual Tour de Coal community float trip Saturday, June 16, on the Coal...
Farm on Jordan Run Road, Grant County, Rick Burgess, Potomac Branches Region

Agencies, farmers markets to present state park dinners

Three state agencies have partnered with the W.Va. Farmers Market Association to host eight farm-to-table dinners in West Virginia state parks. Each will take...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

Spring turkey harvest in West Virginia reaches 15-year high

Turkey hunters in West Virginia harvested 12,274 gobblers in spring 2018 — a 15-year high and a six-percent increase over 2017, according to preliminary...
More than 20 calves could join the herd of elk being released in W.Va.

Fifty elk to be released “softly” into W.Va. in re-populaton effort

Fifty elk will be released "softly" into the mountains of southern West Virginia this summer in an effort to reestablish the animal in its...
Invasive Northern Snakehead dumped in Opequon Creek according to state, federal officials.

Invasive snakehead fish dumped in Berkeley County stream

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey have confirmed that a northern snakehead fish was killed in another body of water...

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