ASHFORD — From a clearing atop a ridge in northern Boone County, Chris Dunlap pointed out where he wants to build his fields of dreams.
Editor’s note: I’ve run this column twice before, in 2011 and 2018. Several readers keep asking me to consider reprinting it. I hope they — and you — enjoy.
Unlikely as it might seem, patches of old-growth forest exist within 10 miles of downtown Charleston. They’re located on the back side of Kanawha State Forest, in an area that’s not easy to get to, especially for people with limited mobility.
Imagine hiking or biking on a wooded mountain trail, spending the night in a yurt with a sweeping view of the Kanawha River, and then descending a spur trail to one of a dozen Upper Kanawha Valley river towns for an afternoon of ATV riding or kayak angling followed by a riverside dinner.
If this year’s spring turkey season were like those in the past, state wildlife officials would be predicting a poorer-than-normal gobbler kill.
The ice storms that hit West Virginia in mid-February damaged a lot of trees, and some of those fallen trees and limbs blocked state park hiking trails.
Jay Starcher, of Spencer, holds onto a golden rainbow trout he caught Monday on PowerBait at Summit Lake, in Greenbrier County. Starcher said he landed the fish after seeing about 10 goldens swimming around. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocked the lake with golden trout a…