Whitewater rafting thrills in the New River Gorge
Hiking in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in Monongahela National Forest
Road tripping through the wilderness of the Canaan Valley
Fall colors ablaze surrounding Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park
Snowboarding down the slopes at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
Making s'mores around the fire on a family camping trip at Audra State Park
Fly-fishing in the Cranberry Glades Botanical Area of Monongahela National Forest
A peaceful winter morning at Snowshoe Mountain Resort
A paddleboard outing on Summersville Lake
The colors of autumn blanketing the mountains
Find your wild and wonderful in West Virginia
Adventures in the Outdoors
Over 600 kilometers of West Virginia’s train tracks have been converted into trails for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The rail trails (30 in all), with their gentle or level grades and wide rights of way, are easily accessible and among the USA’s most stunning. The same rivers that carve West Virginia’s gorges also provide outstanding water recreation. Its year-round fishing season includes an open season for trout. Plus, more than 32,000 kilometers of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes mean anglers have lots of options. The Ohio and Kanawha rivers are popular for owners of pleasure boats, fishing boats and personal watercraft. Several other of the state’s waterways provide ideal boating opportunities, whether you’re after a gentle journey or prefer a whitewater rapids ride.
Plenty of Leisure Pastimes
West Virginia is also a wonderful place to relax. Soak away your stress in a hot mineral spring at a top-notch spa. Rather swing a club than cast a line? The Mountain State has the distinction of having the first golf club established in the USA. Today, there are more than 100 courses here. Find your needs met and more at world-class resorts like The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. West Virginia’s hospitality is legendary: After one night here, you’ll understand completely, whether you’re steeped in luxury at a resort or sleeping under the stars along a swift-moving stream. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast in a charming B&B or rent a cozy cabin nestled deep within our towering forests.
A Stellar Place to Play
The outdoor recreation capital of the east offers plenty for city slickers, too. Sample Appalachian cuisine flavored with the state’s signature wild leek, the “ramp.” Enjoy dining on international fare from acclaimed chefs, or settle in at one of the state’s many established eateries for soul food or farm-to-table goodness. Explore the small-city nightlife found throughout West Virginia, informed by regional character and authentic local personalities. Catch live bluegrass and rock shows, or head down the Mountain Music Trail to get a sense of the state’s musical roots. The lively arts and culture scene offers everything from major productions to small-town acts that remain true to age-old mountain traditions.
With elevations of more than 1,200 meters at certain spots, Dolly Sods is the USA's highest plateau east of the Mississippi River.
Even without access to an ocean, West Virginia is home to one lighthouse, the Summersville Lake Lighthouse.
Every spring, eager ramp-diggers head to the self-proclaimed 'Ramp Capital of the World' in Richwood to forage for West Virginia’s unique wild onion.
Photo: West Virginia Tourism Office