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

Wild boar still range across isolated mountain hollows in Logan County.

W.Va. announces lottery for boar hunting on private land

Hunters in West Virginia will soon be able to enter a lottery to hunt on designated private lands owned by W.Va. Natural Resource Partners...
Trail signs stand near an entrance to the Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area near Mountwood Park in Ritchie County.

Part of Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area closes

A 967-acre portion of the nearly 3,000-acre Sand Hill Wildlife Management Area in northern West Virginia has been closed to public access, according to...
A white-tailed buck deer waits in a West Virginia woodland.

Larry Oakley tells the tale of an old West Virginia hunter

Waiting quietly alone in the dark woods, the approach of dawn can seem like an eternity. It can feel like time is standing still—holding...
Deer hunting is an increasingly popular sport in West Virginia.

2020 "good year for deer hunting," says DNR biologist

Hunters in West Virginia harvested 38,776 antlered deer during its two-week buck firearms season in 2020, according to preliminary data collected through the electronic...
An angler casts into a West Virginia trout stream.

W.Va. DNR promotes lifetime license giveaway for the holidays

Anglers and hunters who purchase a 2021 hunting and fishing license in December have a chance to win a lifetime license and other prizes...

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