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.
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.
BECKWITH — More than 30 children took to the waters of the larger of two ponds at Fayette County Park on Wednesday, where they learned the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, practiced kayak maneuvers and used spinning rods to cast worm-baited hooks toward suspected fish hangouts.
As people head outdoors to escape the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, they might not be aware of the hazards they could face there.
TALCOTT — The high-pitched, buzzing drone of thousands of cicadas echoed off Big Bend Mountain on Thursday, providing eerie, minimalist background music as Rick Moorefield and Mike Cales put their carpentry skills to use preparing John Henry Historical Park’s new interpretive center for opening.
GILBERT — During the two-month closure of Southern West Virginia’s Hatfield-McCoy Trails over COVID-19 concerns, operators of businesses catering to trail riders wondered when, or even if, the trail system would be allowed to reopen for the year.
Just off the Johnson Hollow Trail in Kanawha State Forest, pieces of bright-orange surveyor’s flagging tape mark another trail that comes in from a different direction.
FAYETTEVILLE — For West Virginia’s whitewater outfitters in the New River Gorge area, this weekend’s reopening of the state’s rafting season is eliciting elevated adrenaline levels and sighs of relief.
The West Virginia State Parks system’s 27 campgrounds, along with eight campgrounds within the state managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Huntington District, are scheduled to reopen next week.
HENLAWSON — This year, when Mother Nature put on her springtime show at Chief Logan State Park, not many people could come to see it.
Seven National Park Service campgrounds in the New River Gorge National River and one in the Gauley National Recreation Area on Tuesday became the latest West Virginia outdoor recreation amenities ordered closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
West Virginia’s 10 state park lodges, the Hatfield-McCoy Trails system, and the seven campgrounds operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at flood control reservoirs across the state were ordered closed on Friday in an effort to check the spread of COVID-19.
While there is no shortage of enjoyable activities being put on hold until the coronavirus crisis passes, there are a number of safe, healthy and fun enhancements to sheltering in place that provide exercise, relieve stress, and get you and the kids -- or a couple of friends -- out of the house.
West Virginia skiers and snowboarders will be able to hit the slopes for a free day of spring skiing Sunday at two state ski areas and a resort March 22.
When Bill Currey, chairman of the Coal River Group, read recently that the state of Virginia is turning one of its rivers — the Clinch River — into an official state park focusing on flatwater kayaking and related activities, the proverbial light bulb went off over his head.
The Kanawha State Forest Foundation is in the process of developing what will become the first wheelchair-accessible playground in the state parks system.