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

West Virginia Explorer editor David Sibray hikes the Glade Creek Trail in West Virginia with a young friend.

Ask Levi: How can I find a good hiking trail for young children?

Dear Levi: We receive a lot of questions about hiking trails for families with young children. What should folks be looking for in a...
Encounters with venomous snakes in West Virginia need not worry hikers.

Ask Levi: Should I worry about poisonous snakes on the trail?

Dear Levi: The other day someone said a rattlesnake had been spotted on one of my favorite hiking trails. I've never seen a snake...
Kayakers ready to launch into the Guyandotte. Photo courtesy Guyandotte Water Trail.

Kayaks opening Guyandotte valley to new exploration

The valley of the Guyandotte might be counted among West Virginia's more remote regions. Devil Anse Hatfield was born and died here, and the...
West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol for impaired boaters July 5-7.

W.Va. officers to patrol July 5-7 for inebriated boaters

West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will patrol the state’s rivers and lakes during Operation Dry Water July 5-7, part of a national campaign...
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Applications for 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas will be accepted until Aug. 14.

Applications available for antlerless deer limited-permit areas

Applications for the 2019 Antlerless Deer Season limited permit areas are now available online and will be accepted until midnight Aug. 14, according to...

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