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

Justin Conner of Culloden caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County.

Two West Virginia record fish caught so far in January

Two West Virginia record fish have been caught so far this January. Length records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken by two...
Governor Justice lauds the first increase in hunting and fishing licensure since 2013.

Traditions celebrated at W.Va. hunting and fishing program

Hunters and anglers celebrated their love for the outdoors at the capitol Tuesday as West Virginia officials recognized the winners of a 2020 hunting...
The New River Gorge Bridge arches across the New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia.

10K run, walk beneath New River Gorge Bridge set May 16

A remarkable 10-kilometer running and walking race through the scenic New River Gorge near Fayetteville, West Virginia, could attract as many as 400 participants...
Winter is an ideal time to discover the West Virginia woodlands.

First Day Hikes help ensure successful active living goals

People who seek to maintain active lifestyles may be more likely to sustain them if they start the year that way, says a proponent...
A young sledder barrels along the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park.

Old-fashioned sled park attracting families to West Virginia

Nothing beats an old-fashioned sled ride, and one of the nation's largest sledding parks has re-opened for the season in West Virginia, a two-hour...

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