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  1. October 1, 2014
    Celebrate “Park-tober” in West Virginia State Parks with fall discounts and activities

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Fall kicks in during October, and West Virginia State Parks are celebrating...

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  2. September 26, 2014
    Bowhunters wanted! DNR needs volunteers for Bowhunter Survey

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the opening of archery...

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  3. September 26, 2014
    West Virginia’s deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Sept. 27

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia’s 2014 archery...

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  4. September 25, 2014
    Get the latest information about West Virginia hunting, fishing and wildlife on Facebook and Twitter

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Outdoors enthusiasts now can...

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  5. September 25, 2014
    West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Stonewall Resort State Park, Sept. 27-28

    Exhibition archer Byron Ferguson will perform four shows Sept. 27 and 28 during West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting...

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  6. September 25, 2014
    Colorful High Country Hotspots

    The majority of foliage in the Dolly Sods area was nearing peak Sept. 23, 2014. Photo courtesy West Virginia Division of...

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  7. September 24, 2014
    West Virginia Fall Foliage Reports Start Sept. 25, 2014

    Department of Commerce’s state foresters will provide leaf peepers with colorful routes and other information through...

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  8. September 24, 2014
    Final Walk Between the Parks event Oct. 4 at Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls state parks

                 DAVIS, West Virginia– The final Walk Between the Parks event of 2014...

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  9. September 23, 2014
    Fall channel catfish stocking at five West Virginia state parks provides great outdoor recreation for anglers and campers

    An extra stocking of channel catfish will occur at five West Virginia state park lakes in late September. Photo courtesy of the...

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  10. September 22, 2014
    West Virginia 2014 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The 2014 “Mast Survey and...

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  11. September 19, 2014
    West Virginia Invasive Species Strategic Plan out for public comment

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The draft “West Virginia Invasive...

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  12. September 19, 2014
    Golf professional fancies FootGolf at Pipestem Resort State Park

    Pipestem State Park Activities Coordinator Kim Hawkins and Golf Professional Bob Biroscak model classic apparel to draw...

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  13. September 18, 2014
    SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park mixes music, history and entertainment Sept. 22-25, 2014

    Blackwater Falls State Park will host SeptemberFest Sept. 22-25. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. ...

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  14. September 18, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island State Park fall dinner and river boat cruises Sept. 27 and Oct. 18, 2014

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Country-style dinners and sternwheeler...

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  15. September 17, 2014
    Cherokee leader Ostenaco presentation at Blackwater Falls State Park Sept. 23, 2014

    Doug Wood will portray Cherokee leader Ostenaco Sept. 23 at Blackwater Falls State Park. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  16. September 17, 2014
    WVDNR Law Enforcement officers seize illegally harvested ginseng in southern West Virginia

                BECKLEY, West Virginia – A year-long investigation by Natural...

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  17. September 16, 2014
    Electrical upgrades at Hawks Nest State Park scheduled Sept. 29, 2014

                 ANSTED, West Virginia – Hawks Nest State Park near Ansted in...

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  18. September 16, 2014
    Outdoor Youth Challenge – West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 and 28 at Stonewall SP

    Children ages 6 to 18 are encouraged to participate in the Outdoor Youth Challenge during West Virginia’s Celebration of...

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  19. September 10, 2014
    Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Still Available

    Hunters have until Sept. 26 to apply for a permit allowing them to hunt black bear in select counties concurrent with the...

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  20. September 10, 2014
    Small game hunting and trapping opportunities for 2014–2015 season

    Squirrel season opens statewide Sept. 13, the first of many small game hunting seasons opening in West Virginia through the...

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  21. September 10, 2014
    Early Bear Gun Seasons to Open Sept. 18 and Oct. 4 in selected counties

    Early black bear hunting seasons begin in select counties in September and October. Photo courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  22. September 9, 2014
    Tu-Endie-Wei State Park site of archaeological dig Sept. 13-14

    Battle Days with “On the Drum” Native American demonstration Oct. 3-4 Tu-Endie-Wei State Park will host a public...

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  23. September 9, 2014
    Battle of Carnifex Ferry re-enactment Sept. 13-14, 2014

    The 1861 Battle of Carnifex Ferry will be re-enacted Sunday, Sept. 14, at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Living history...

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  24. September 8, 2014
    Hey Ranger! Greenbrier State Forest’s Jesse Anderson nominated for award; public vote Sept. 8-19 can make West Virginia a winner

             CALDWELL, West Virginia – Jesse Anderson is a park ranger at Greenbrier State Forest...

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  25. September 8, 2014
    FootGolf at Pipestem Resort State Park is first in West Virginia

        PIPESTEM, West Virginia – There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football,...

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  26. September 8, 2014
    FLASHBACK plays at Pipestem Amphitheater, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

               PIPESTEM, West Virginia – It's a classic rock evening with FLASHBACK at...

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  27. September 5, 2014
    Ostenaco at Beech Fork State Park during Mary Ingles 18th century encampment, Sept. 13, 2014

    Doug Wood will portray Cherokee leader Ostenaco Sept. 13 at Beech Fork State Park as part of the Mary Ingles 18th century...

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  28. September 5, 2014
    West Virginia Division of Natural Resources receives grant to address White-Nose Syndrome in bats

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced grant awards totaling $1...

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  29. September 5, 2014
    Ghost stories and local lore at Twin Falls State Park Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

               MULLENS, West Virginia – Wanna hear something really scary? David “Bugs”...

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  30. September 3, 2014
    Find, prepare and eat wild foods during Nature Wonder Weekend Sept. 19-21, 2014, at North Bend State Park

    Wild foods expert Edelene Wood (right) has been teaching about, preparing and serving wild foods during Nature Wonder Weekends...

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  31. August 22, 2014
    Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

                 SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  32. August 22, 2014
    DNR fish health surveys to be conducted week of Aug. 25 on Kanawha and Elk rivers

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of...

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  33. August 20, 2014
    Social media creates dining-out interest at West Virginia State Parks

    Cacapon is one of three West Virginia state parks that post special theme nights and Sunday buffets on Facebook. Photo Courtesy...

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  34. August 19, 2014
    September openings of West Virginia’s youth and statewide squirrel seasons

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Summer is winding down and the...

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  35. August 19, 2014
    “The Frontier Table” is set at Blennerhassett Island State Park Aug. 24; Foodways Tours Aug. 30

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Local historians Martha and Richard ...

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  36. August 18, 2014
    West Virginia Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Fall Workshop Sept. 12-14, 2014, at Watoga State Park

    Registration is underway for the West Virginia Becoming and Outdoors-Woman fall workshop Sept. 12-14. Photo Courtesy of the...

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  37. August 18, 2014
    WANTED: West Virginia trophy fish and big bucks for display at Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, Sept. 27 & 28

    WVDNR is looking for big bucks and trophy fish to display at West Virginia’s Celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at...

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  38. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s Mourning Dove Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                 SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Mourning dove season in West...

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  39. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s Canada Goose Season opens Sept. 1, 2014

                SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014–2015 waterfowl...

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  40. August 14, 2014
    West Virginia’s 2014 seasons set for dove, rail, snipe and woodcock

              SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s 2014-2105 hunting season...

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  41. August 12, 2014
    Canaan Valley Resort State Park hosts author and artist “Porte Crayon” – History Alive! performance Aug. 20, 2014

    Self-portrait by David Hunter Strother – “Porte Crayon”. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  ...

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  42. August 11, 2014
    School calendars and swimming opportunities adjusted at Tygart Lake and other West Virginia state parks

    Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the...

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  43. August 8, 2014
    White-tailed deer “Wall of Shame” and nuisance black bear trapping and relocation program at Beech Fork State Park Aug. 16

                 BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Anyone interested in finding out how...

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  44. August 7, 2014
    Eyes to the Sky: Watch the Perseid meteor showers at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12, 2014

    Watch the Perseid meteor shower at Blackwater Falls State Park Aug. 11 and 12. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department...

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  45. August 7, 2014
    Learn watercolor painting technique with artist Alina Kurbiel at Lost River State Park Aug. 13, 2014

                MATHIAS, West Virginia – Alina Kurbiel likes to paint. Ever since she...

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  46. August 6, 2014
    Summer’s not over yet at Canaan Valley State Park: turtle slide tube ride, sporting clays and golf

    The “Turtle Slide Tube Ride” comes to Canaan Valley State Park this summer. Other warm-weather activities at Canaan include a...

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  47. August 6, 2014
    Joint undercover investigation results in game law violation convictions in Berkeley County

               HEDGESVILLE, West Virginia – Steven B. Tyson of 1198 Apple Harvest Drive,...

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  48. August 6, 2014
    Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History celebrates Art Appreciation Month: Lily Irene Jackson featured Aug. 10, 2014

    This portrait in oil of artist Lily Irene Jackson will be on display during a special presentation at the Blennerhasset Museum...

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  49. August 5, 2014
    Eastern bluebird is “Bird of the Month” at Kanawha State Forest Aug. 9, 2014, 2 p.m.

    Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce. Male Eastern Bluebird     SOUTH CHARLESTON, West...

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  50. August 1, 2014
    Canaan Amateur Backyard Chili / BBQ Cook-off looking for chefs

    Butch’s Good Ol’ Boy Chili is a past participant in Canaan Valley Resort State Park’s Amateur Backyard Chili/BBQ Cook-off....

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  51. July 31, 2014
    Tygart Lake State Park’s 2014 swimming beach reopening is successfu;l Open water skills training event scheduled Aug. 2, 2014

    Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will host a water skills training event Aug. 2, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  52. July 31, 2014
    “Walk Between the Parks” at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks, August 2, 2014

    Walk Between the Parks is scheduled Aug. 2, 2014, at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls state parks. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  53. July 30, 2014
    Snakes of West Virginia program at Canaan Valley Resort State Park, August 2, 2014

              DAVIS, West Virginia – Canaan Valley Resort State Park and the West Virginia...

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  54. July 23, 2014
    Two state parks long-distance rail trails attract hikers and bikers

    The Greenbrier River Trail is popular with bikers and hikers. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. ...

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  55. July 21, 2014
    Limited Bear Firearms Season Permit Applications Now Available

    Applications for the limited bear firearms season in 17 counties must be submitted by Aug. 18, 2014. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  56. July 18, 2014
    Natural Resources Commission Quarterly Meeting 1 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2014 Stonewall Resort State Park, Roanoke, W.Va.

        ROANOKE, W.Va. – The next quarterly meeting of the West Virginia Natural Resources Commission is...

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  57. July 8, 2014
    Robert Trent Jones, Sr. Course at Cacapon Resort a Great Golf Drive

                BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – Golfers at all levels enjoy the many great golf...

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  58. July 7, 2014
    Moth Night on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday July 27

                PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of...

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  59. July 3, 2014
    Applications available for 2014 antlerless deer season limited permit areas

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Applications for the 2014 Antlerless Deer Season are available at West...

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  60. July 2, 2014
    Blackwater Falls State Park features family activities, crafts and champion liar Bil Lepp to celebrate Independence Day Weekend

               DAVIS, West Virginia – Special Independence Day weekend events and...

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  61. July 1, 2014
    Hike to explore life along the Bluestone River July 5, 2014

                 PIPESTEM, West Virginia – National Park rangers and Pipestem Resort...

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  62. July 1, 2014
    Independence Day holiday weekend at Stonewall Resort features fireworks, music and family fun

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Nothing says summer fun like the Fourth of...

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  63. June 30, 2014
    Summersville Lake tailwater trout stocking

               SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  64. June 30, 2014
    Let’s Root for the Trees at Blennerhassett Island State Park July 5, 2014

                 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island is...

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  65. June 27, 2014
    DNR Investigates Black Bear Encounter in Monongalia County

                 MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural...

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  66. June 26, 2014
    Outdoor Adventure Weekends at North Bend State Park feature mountain biking and kayaking

                 CAIRO, West Virginia – North Bend State Park helps people get...

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  67. June 25, 2014
    Trains, night golf, and bluegrass at West Virginia’s state parks June 27-29, 2014

    Cass Scenic Railroad State Park will run a Double Header to Bald Knob June 27 and an Old Spruce Run June 29. Photo Courtesy of...

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  68. June 25, 2014
    Cabwaylingo State Forest “linger longer” rental rate encourages time outdoors with family and friends

    Cabin at Cabwaylingo State Forest. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     DUNLOW,...

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  69. June 24, 2014
    Stonewall State Park Foundation to host children’s nature camp July 14-17

                 ROANOKE, West Virginia – Stonewall State Park Foundation will host a...

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  70. June 24, 2014
    Campground electricity restored at Tomlinson Run State Park

                 NEW MANCHESTER, West Virginia – Tomlinson Run State Park campground...

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  71. June 23, 2014
    Got Talent? – Family Fun at Beech Fork State Park June 28

    Beech Fork State Park will host a talent show June 28. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  ...

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  72. June 19, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island’s Rendezvous on the River June 25-28, 2014

    Re-enactors will show what pioneer life of the early 1800s was like in West Virginia during Rendezvous on the River on...

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  73. June 19, 2014
    Blennerhassett Island Frolic and Picnic Meal - A different “out-to-eat” experience June 28, 2014

    The Island Belle sternwheeler will carry guests to Blennerhassett Island June 28 for the first of three “Island Frolic and...

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  74. June 19, 2014
    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers Preparing for Operation Dry Water June 27-29, 2014

    West Virginia Natural Resources Police Officers will be checking for boaters who are abusing alcohol and drugs as part of...

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  75. June 18, 2014
    Twin Falls State Park seeks sponsorships for “Cool! Pool Days” to encourage outdoor recreation for kids and families

    Twin Falls State Park is looking for sponsors for Cool! Pool Days this summer. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department...

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  76. June 17, 2014
    Welcome Centers to celebrate West Virginia Day around the state

    SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia celebrates its 151st birthday on June 20, 2014, and all eight of the state’s...

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  77. June 17, 2014
    Pickin’ and Story Tellin’ at Pipestem State Park for West Virginia’s Birthday June 19-21

    Pipestem Resort State Park’s amphitheater will host special West Virginia Day weekend events. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  78. June 16, 2014
    “At-A-Park” for things to do in West Virginia’s state parks this summer

    West Virginia state parks offer a wide variety of summer programs and activities led by seasonal interpreters. Photo Courtesy...

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  79. June 16, 2014
    Howling and prowling at Blackwater Falls State Park West Virginia Day Weekend June 20-21, 2014

    Coyotes have migrated into all areas of West Virginia. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  ...

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  80. June 13, 2014
    Permit applications available for special deer hunt at National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia

    Hunters must have their applications for the special deer hunt at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory submitted by Aug. 1,...

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  81. June 12, 2014
    Celebrate West Virginia Day Weekend June 20-22, 2014 at West Virginia State Parks

    A Civil War encampment and battle reenactment will be part of the West Virginia Day celebration on Blennerhassett Island State...

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  82. June 11, 2014
    Pre-West Virginia Day weekend events plentiful at State Parks June 12-15

    West Virginia state parks visitors can enjoy wildflower and nature hikes as part of many activities scheduled during the spring...

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  83. June 10, 2014
    W.Va. Division of Tourism, Bridge Day organizers announce ‘My Wild & Wonderful West Virginia’ photo contest

    Offers locals and tourists alike a chance to win once-in-a-lifetime adventures NEW RIVER GORGE, W.Va. – In celebration of the...

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  84. June 10, 2014
    Mountain Heritage and Wine Festival at Stonewall Resort June 14

    Stonewall Resort State Park will host the Mountain Heritage and Wine Festival June 14. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia...

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  85. June 9, 2014
    Maurice Ulmer Group performs at Pipestem Amphitheater June 14

               PIPESTEM, West Virginia – The Maurice Ulmer Group will be the next...

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  86. June 6, 2014
    Fred E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum Tour at Watoga State Park on June 7

    Watoga State Park     MARLINTON, West Virginia – It's National Trails Day on June 7.  To celebrate the...

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  87. June 6, 2014
    Beech Fork State Park Naturalist Activity Schedule Packed with Summer Fun

    Beech Fork State Park campground BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia -- The largest campground at a West Virginia state park is...

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  88. June 6, 2014
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of June 2-6, 2014

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of June 2, 2014. These are the final stockings...

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  89. June 6, 2014
    Kanawha State Forest roads closed for culvert repair June 9

    Kanawha State Forest. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.     CHARLESTON, West...

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  90. June 6, 2014
    West Virginia Hunters Harvest 9,017 Spring Turkeys in 2014

        SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Preliminary harvest figures for the 2014 spring gobbler season indicate West...

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  91. June 3, 2014
    Has Pipestem State Park lost (or found) its Murbles?

    Pipestem State Park in Summers County is offering a variety of outdoors activities this summer. Photo Courtesy of the West...

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  92. June 3, 2014
    Cacapon State Park tees up with US Kids Golf

    Cacapon Resort State Park has partnered with the PGA’s US Kids Golf initiative to encourage youth to try playing golf with its...

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  93. May 30, 2014
    Summer Fishing at West Virginia State Parks

    Adults and children are encouraged to try fishing during West Virginia’s Free Fishing Days June 7 and 8, when they can fish...

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  94. May 30, 2014
    Family Trails Weekend at North Bend State Park is June 6-8

    Family Trails Weekend is June 6-8 at North Bend State Park. Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. ...

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  95. May 30, 2014
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 26-30, 2014

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 26, 2014: Anthony Creek Bear Rocks Lake...

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  96. May 29, 2014
    West Virginia State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day June 7, 2014

    National Trails Day is being celebrated at North Bend and other state parks to encourage people to hike and enjoy nature’s...

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  97. May 29, 2014
    West Virginia’s Free Fishing Weekend is June 7-8, 2014

             SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – National Fishing and Boating Week 2014 will be...

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  98. May 28, 2014
    Kanawha State Forest, North Bend State Park recognized by Singletracks.com for Best Mountain Bike Trails in W.Va.

    The North Bend Rail Trail has been recognized by Singletracks.com as one of the best mountain bike trails in West Virginia....

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  99. May 23, 2014
    Blennerhassett Mansion by Candlelight wins Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event award

        PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has selected “Mansion by Candlelight” as a...

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  100. May 23, 2014
    West Virginia Trout Stocking Week of May 19-23, 2014

        ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of May 19, 2014: Anthony Creek Back Fork of...

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