Whitewater rafting on the Gauley River
Flowering trees and a historic Shepherdstown home
Hiking Canaan Valley
Taking a swing at Cacapon Resort State Park
Fall foliage at Glade Creek Grist Mill in Babcock State Park
Bundled up to watch the waterfall
Live tunes at The Railyard
Dinner for two in downtown Charleston
A glass artisan works his magic
Craft brews straight from the tap in Shepherdstown
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Find your wild and wonderful in West Virginia
Over 375 miles of 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 are among the most stunning and scenic in the country.
The same rivers that carve West Virginia’s gorges also provide outstanding fishing and boating. With its year-round fishing season, including an open season for trout, as well as more than 20,000 miles of streams and more than 100 public fishing lakes, West Virginia provides anglers with a variety of fishing experiences.
There is also plenty of fun to be had on the water in West Virginia in spring. The Ohio and Kanawha rivers are popular for owners of pleasure boats, fishing boats and personal watercraft. Several of the state’s lakes provide wonderful boating opportunities, including Bluestone Lake in Summers County, Burnsville Lake in Braxton County, Stonewall Jackson Lake in Lewis County, Sutton Lake in Braxton County and Summersville Lake in Nicholas County.
If you’d rather swing a club than cast a line, you’ll find West Virginia to be a fantastic golfing destination. In fact, the Mountain State has the distinction of having the first golf club established in the United States (Oakhurst Links). Today, there are more than 100 courses in West Virginia.
West Virginia may provide endless outdoor adventure, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a wonderful place to relax. The state’s renowned spas are a wonderful way to soak away your stress in a hot mineral springs bath and enjoy a host of treatments provided by certified and trained professionals. Swedish massage, saunas, European facials, manicures, pedicures, mud and herbal wraps make for euphoric and relaxing ways to refresh winter-hardened skin.
West Virginia’s hospitality is legendary, and after one overnight visit, you’ll understand completely. Experience luxury at an upscale resort, or sleep under the stars along a swift-moving stream at parks or campgrounds. Wake up to a gourmet breakfast in a charming B&B or rent a cozy cabin nestled deep within our towering forests.
Whether you prefer relaxation or exhilaration, the outdoor recreation capital of the east offers spring and summer adventure that will suit you perfectly. Are shopping and dining more your taste? Come enjoy some truly unique shopping and a culinary destination that is a complete departure. And when it comes to arts and entertainment, the Mountain State holds many surprises, from world-class venues and major productions to small-town acts that remain true to age-old mountain traditions. Why not plan your escape today?