Recreation


Looking for adventure? Mild or wild, the possibilities are endless.

Tubing at Winterplace Ski Resort

Since we live in the mountains, we know how to have fun outdoors. Our parks, forests, rivers and trails are the perfect setting for outdoor adventure.

From bikes to baseball, rafting to ropes courses, snow tubing to skiing and literally everything else you can do outside, we’ve got it. Stay a little longer to experience nature’s playground in Southern West Virginia.

Unique Adventures

Walk on the catwalk of the longest steel arch bridge in the western hemisphere. See the laws of gravity defied underground. In Southern West Virginia, you'll find exciting, one-of-a-kind adventures unlike anywhere else.

Rafting and Float Trips

Between the New and the Gauley Rivers, the whitewater rafting you'll find here is some of the best in the world. The New River is one of the world's oldest rivers, the exciting rapids becoming an annual destination for beginners and experts alike. The Gauley, or "The Beast of the East," has more than 100 rapids and thrills extreme whitewater boaters every single year.

Water Activities

In Southern West Virginia, water is a way of life. Whitewater rafting, family floats and fishing adventures are just a few ways to enjoy our beautiful rivers, flowing streams and serene lakes. Hit the water, and stay a little longer in Southern West Virginia.      

Snow Sports

Southern West Virginia is a four season destination, so you know what that means - snow, and sometimes, lots of it! Play with us in the winter. Skiing, snow tubing and so much more await.

Hunting and Fishing

Southern West Virginia is sportsman's paradise, with wonderful whitetail and other game available for all seasons. Some of the best smallmouth bass and trout fishing you'll find anywhere exists throughout our area, just waiting for you to come ply the waters.

Hiking Trails

Spend time in the woods when you visit Southern West Virginia. Here, you'll not only find the forest, you'll find rich history and sweeping scenic vistas waiting to be discovered around the next bend in a trail. Between our 12 state parks and forests, as well as three areas managed by the National Park Service, there's a perfect hiking trail for everyone in Southern West Virginia.

ATV and Motorsports

West Virginia is rapidly becoming the center of the ATV world. We have a passion for motorsports and mountains, but we also have the largest contiguous trail system in the United States: the Hatfield-McCoy ATV Trails. Our southern mountains are the on-ramp for pure riding pleasure.

Mountain Biking

Come ride the mountains. Mountain biking on trails, singletrack, or old dirt roads is one of the great attractions in our area. West Virginia is a biker's heaven, with great rides, great shops and friendly local riders.

Horseback Riding

See gorgeous vistas and ride through deep valleys with expert cowboys and cowgirls to help guide you. So saddle up! It's time to hit the trails.

Climbing, Caving, & Ziplines

Fly through the trees and see the sights from new heights! Southern West Virginia is a magnet for climbers from all over the world, but you don't have to be an expert rock jock to enjoy this sport. This region has quickly become a zip line and canopy tour heaven, giving you a bird's eye view.

Ranges/Paintball

Take aim in Southern West Virginia! Shooting sports have long been a tradition in all nine of our counties, and we have ranges for all types of shooting recreation. Paintball courses take battle games to a new level of excitement, and are a great addition to any visit.

Sports and Games

It's time to play in Southern West Virginia! Catch a baseball game, watch a roller derby bout or take the whole family out for a game of bowling.

Golf

Grab your clubs and hit the links! Our mountain courses offer some challenges, but you're up for it. You'll be rewarded with dramatic views and the satisfaction of playing up in the high mountain air.

Aerial Adventures & Catwalk Tours

See Southern West Virginia from an entirely new perspective. Soar in the skies in a World War II biplane or fly through the forest on a zipline. Walk under the western hemisphere's longest steel arch bridge or climb to new heights on our sandstone cliffs. Whatever you choose, it'll leave you feeling awed.