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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.

Real. West Virginia -Take You Away
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Fun Fact

Gazing out from Dolly Sods impressive plateau
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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

With elevations of more than 1,200 meters at certain spots, Dolly Sods is the USA's highest plateau east of the Mississippi River.

A BASE jumper on Bridge Day
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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

October’s Bridge Day is the largest single-day festival event in West Virginia, where thousands of spectators watch BASE jumpers parachute off the New River Gorge Bridge.

Preparing a dish with local ramps
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Wild, Wonderful West Virginia

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.

Must see places

Costumed reenactors walk Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park’s grounds.

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park

Take a sternwheeler from Parkersburg on the Ohio River to tour this state park and its historic mansion. Hike, bike or camp on the grounds.

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The view in Coopers Rock State Forest

Coopers Rock State Forest

An outdoor enthusiast’s dream, this recreation hub near Morgantown offers mountain biking and rock climbing on the Cheat River Canyon rim. Try the Raven Rock Trail to size up the views of one of West Virginia’s northernmost gorges.

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Kayaking along impressive rock formations on Summersville Lake

Summersville Lake

This lake’s turquoise water earned it the nickname “Little Bahamas of the East,” but it’s the world-class whitewater (Class IV-V rapids) on the Gauley River here that draws the crowds. Fish, boat, scuba dive or hike the sandstone cliffs.

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Taking a ride along the Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Durbin & Greenbrier Valley Railroad

Ride historic steam-driven locomotives and vintage diesel-powered passenger trains April through December, viewing some of the most remote and untouched areas of the Mountain State, including Monongahela National Forest, along the banks of the Greenbrier and Tygart Valley and Shaver's Fork rivers.

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The Green Bank Telescope scans the skies

Green Bank Telescope

Eastern West Virginia is home to the nation’s largest “quiet zone,” where the Green Bank Telescope picks up radio transmissions from outer space. Visit the science center here to learn what makes this unique facility tick.

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Navigating the New River Gorge National River

New River Gorge National River

This powerful river drives right through the Appalachian Plateau, creating the gorge. A stark contrast to dense forests, cross the western hemisphere’s longest steel arch span on a bridge walk tour. Stride along a catwalk for the vantage point of a lifetime from 260 meters high. Nearby, go zip-lining, rock climbing or whitewater rafting. For a more relaxing experience, tube the river or birdwatch.

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Seneca Caverns

Plunge 50 meters below the earth on a tour of these ancient caverns, whose largest chamber measures 18 meters in some areas. Inside you’ll find steps down a well-lit path into a dazzling example of limestone formation.

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A boy and his wagon at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

Harpers Ferry National Historic Park

It may be small, but the town of Harpers Ferry played a big role in the Civil War as the site of John Brown’s raid on the national arsenal. Recount that history through the park’s museums and exhibits, or explore it yourself on the 32 kilometers of trails. See historic structures as well as the point where the Shenandoah River meets the Potomac.

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Period exhibits inside the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center

West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center

Literally walk through the state’s history on a path that goes from dirt to paved, with plenty of stops that explore West Virginia’s past along the way. The Charleston museum has 60,000 artifacts and exhibits on everything from paleontology to art, as well as a fully reconstructed settler’s cabin.

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The Greenbrier in brilliant sunshine

The Greenbrier

Stop and see this enormous, extravagant and historic hotel, a National Historic Landmark. Set on a mineral spring, the Greenbrier was built in 1778 and features a special bunker tour, where visitors can go into a declassified Cold War fallout shelter built into the mountainside.

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