West Virginia's forests, mountains, and rivers are some of the most beautiful in the country. Iconic destinations such as Seneca Rocks, New River Gorge, Monongahela National Forest, and the Dolly Sods Wilderness are renowned for their natural beauty but also the variety of outdoor sports that can be enjoyed in their confines. World class rock climbing and whitewater rafting are at the forefront of West Virginia's reputation, but mountain biking, hiking, road cycling, backpacking, trail running, and flat water paddling round out the list. The Appalachian Trail only has a modest four miles in West Virginia but they happen to traverse Harpers Ferry, a historic Civil War battleground. 20 more backpacking miles on the A.T. can be explored on the West Virginia - Virginia border.
Seasonal changes are especially dramatic in West Virginia. With mountains topping over 4,000 feet, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the snows of winter in the peaks. At lower elevations, trails take on their winter palettes for hikers, trail runners, and mountain bikers who want to keep the fun up year round. Come spring, the outdoors bloom in fantastic colors, a time when fishermen enjoy the cool running streams and replenished lakes. Summer and autumn mean West Virginia's outdoors are in their full glory for the adventurous to discover.