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Wild or mild? If the thrill of a World Top 10 Whitewater River doesn’t grab you, you can spend a relaxing day at Summersville Lake. Swim, boat, hike, climb or hop on the latest outdoor craze, stand-up paddleboarding. There’s even a lighthouse to take in that crystal-blue panoramic view.

National Coal Heritage Trail

The 187-mile Coal Heritage Trail winds through the Southern WV coalfields.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Nature Exploration

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
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Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park

Trace the grounds of a key Civil War skirmish, which led to WV statehood.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Hiking

The best part of a mountain stroll is the view from the top! Explore the open forest.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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SCUBA diving

Discover underwater caves and more in "The Little Bahamas of The East."

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  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: Summer
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the trendy new watersport anyone can enjoy! It's fun and easy to learn.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Summer
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Boating

Wander the waters, from river to lake!

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: summer
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Fishing & Hunting

Angle for abundant smallmouth bass or hunt wildlife in some of the best game grounds in the state.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round, but best in summer and fall
  • Special Notes: Make sure you have the proper licenses.

Climbing & Rappelling

The New River Gorge National Park is a world-renowned climbing destination, and you can also scale the cliffs on the shoreline at Summersville Lake.

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  • Recommended Age: 8 and older
  • Activity Time: year-round
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Biking

Take on the trails, from rough mountain terrain to the smooth, easy stretches.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes: Be sure to wear a helmet on mountain rides

Kayaking

Paddle our scenic lakes and rivers, from the calm waters to the wild waves.

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  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: spring, summer, fall
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Duckying

These inflatable kayaks are great for the kids in mild water, or help navigate jagged rocks in lower, wilder whitewater.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: spring, summer, fall
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Whitewater Rafting

From ripples for the kids to world-class thrills, there's a whitewater run for every skill level in the National Parks of Southern WV.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Half-day, full-day, overnight
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