West Virginia is called “wild and wonderful” for a reason: Opportunities are everywhere, whether you like to rough it or have access to most of the comforts of home.
More than 375 miles of train tracks have been converted into trails for walking, hiking, cycling and horseback riding. With almost 30 rail trails throughout the state, taking in the outdoors becomes easy and fun.
A world of mountain biking excitement awaits you, from miles of trails in the 900,000-acre Monongahela National Forest to the 76 miles of the Greenbrier River Trail and the 72 miles of the North Bend Rail Trail.
Experience the charm of a trip on horseback along one of the many trails and pathways that wind across the state.
Old-time scavenger hunts go high-tech with geocaching. Lose yourself in pursuit of "treasure" – actually, quite modest trinkets – using Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.
West Virginia is rich with hiking and backpacking opportunities. Take a hike on historic rail trails or scenic trails or have a backcountry experience.
Find the perfect escape from everyday life. Here you will see many species of birds, rabbits, squirrels, deer and the occasional fox or black bear taking pleasure in the serenity of nature.
With its year-round fishing season, a trip in West Virginia offers anglers varieties of opportunities to catch bass, trout, musky, pike, catfish, perch, walleye and more.
WV State Parks
West Virginia’s state parks and forests offer a variety of lodging choices at an affordable rate plus fun-filled outdoor recreation. Enjoy nature at its best.
With hundreds of miles of off-road trails and adventure, you’re sure to have the ride of your life in this ATV rider’s paradise. For those who enjoy watching spectator sports, stock car, motorcycle, ATV and drag race venues dot the state.
Experienced climbers can test their skills at the famed New River Gorge, the area around towering Seneca Rocks or at several other popular sites throughout the state.
Canopy Tours and Whitewater
Grab your paddle for a thrilling whitewater adventure on rollicking Class I and II rapids all the way to roaring Class V waves. If you prefer to soar through the sky, try a zip-line tour through thick forest.
West Virginia’s splendor is not only found on the surface, but also deep below it in its many caverns. Explorations can reveal one of the best kept secrets beneath the mountains.
With an average annual snowfall of more than 15 feet in the highlands, West Virginia is a winter playground with outdoor activities like alpine, cross-country and skiing; snowboarding; snowshoeing; and snow tubing.
No matter the season, West Virginia’s great outdoors offer endless opportunities for vacations that the whole family can enjoy. From summer reunions and holiday getaways to ski packages and all inclusive resorts, find inexpensive last-minute deals with the travel planner.
Discover West Virginia at a nice and easy pace. Enjoy areas steeped in heritage, history and natural wonder. From a hotel on wheels – an RV – or the comfort of a rail car, the Mountain State offers numerous opportunities for a leisure getaway.
West Virginia’s rugged terrain and roaring waters offer year-round fun for extreme sports seekers of all skill levels and ages. Whether you prefer land or water, you’ll find plenty of exhilarating activities here. Try your hand at an outdoor adventure sport.