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

Violet Wood Sorrel blossoms in a woodland. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

Eight W.Va. state parks ready for Green Day hiking weekend

After a long gray winter, hikers are as apt as wildflowers to burst forth, and eight West Virginia state parks are preparing for an...
Malorie Polster contemplates the New River from an overlook at Grandview. Photo courtesy Active Southern West Virginia.

Women’s empowerment hike set March 30 in New River Gorge

A women's empowerment hike to the legendary Long Point overlook of the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, has been scheduled for March...
A father and daughter enjoy family fishing trip in West Virginia. Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce.

W.Va. promotes spring trout-stocking schedule

In an effort to encourage families and new anglers to enjoy fishing during the spring 2019 season, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources...
Racers on stand-up paddleboards ply the New River near Fayetteville, West Virginia. Photo courtesy Active SWV.

Help build guide to booming West Virginia paddling events

Paddling sports such as kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding are increasing in popularity in the Mountain State, and editors at West Virginia Explorer are asking...
A hunter calls a gobbler during spring turkey season in West Virginia.

W.Va. to host statewide public hunting, fishing meetings

The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources will hold 12 public meetings across the state on proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations March 11-12 from...



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