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 West Virginia youth practices target shooting with bow and arrow. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce)

W.Va. DNR shares tips for introducing children to archery

Families looking for an alternative for school-based sports or a new outdoor activity their children have plenty of options in West Virginia, thanks to...
A mallard lands on a waterway in West Virginia.

Applications ready for waterfowl hunt at legendary McClintic WMA

Hunters who wish to participate in a controlled waterfowl hunt at the McClintic Wildlife Management Area in Mason County have until midnight on August...
Bluegill are a favorite lake and pond fish among West Virginia anglers.

W.Va. biologists researching ways to grow bigger bluegill

There's always a bigger fish, isn't there? That's what fisheries biologists in West Virginia are trying to determine as they research ways the state...
Geocaching is enjoying renewed interest as a socially-distanced pastime in West Virginia.

New geocaching trail attracting attention in Marion County

As a socially-distanced pastime, geocaching is enjoying a boost worldwide and in West Virginia just as Marion County reveals a new county-wide geocaching trail. The...
Controlled hunts are scheduled for the fall at Beech Fork, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, North Bend, Pipestem, and Twin Falls.

Applications available for controlled deer hunts at six state parks

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting applications from hunters to participate in controlled hunts for whitetail deer at six state parks. Controlled...

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