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Outdoor Recreation

Family Biking in Pocohontas County

There are many reasons West Virginia is called the outdoor recreation capital of the East. Here you’ll find everything you need for a great outdoor adventure. From world-famous whitewater rivers to challenging mountain bike terrain and extensive trail systems, to great skiinghunting and fishing, West Virginia’s outdoors are yours to discover.

Water Sports

America’s Best Whitewater. West Virginia provides the most intense whitewater rafting east of the Mississippi.

Whitewater rafting in West Virginia

Land adventures

West Virginia’s mountainous terrain is perfect for hikingbiking and riding ATVs. Southern West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trail System is open to ATVs, dirt bikes, horses, mountain bikers and hikers. Rail trails are great areas to explore on foot or bike, alone or with friends and family.

Biking in West Virginia


Enjoy West Virginia by an older means of transportation: horseback.

Horseback Riding in West Virginia

Winter Sports

Offering one of the longest snow seasons in the region, enthusiasts and beginners have fun downhill skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing or cross-country skiing.

Winter Sports in West Virginia


Whether you want to take in a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors, kick back and relax in a state-of-the-art home on wheels, or find the wilder side of life, West Virginia’s camping adventures are limitless.

Camping in West Virginia


This modern day treasure hunt will take you through some of West Virginia’s most scenic locations.

Geocaching in West Virginia

Rock Climbing

The only state tucked entirely within the Appalachians, West Virginia is a rock climber’s paradise.

Rock Climbing in West Virginia


Explorations can reveal one of the best kept secrets below the mountains.

Caving in West Virginia


Take a hike through the beautiful Appalachian wilderness and you might see rabbits, squirrels, white-tailed deer, or maybe even a fox or black bear.

Wildlife in West Virginia

West Virginia has a golf course waiting for you!
Golf in West Virginia

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