Hikes, walks, road and bike races, and birding opportunities are scheduled throughout the year at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. You'll find all events at the Event Calendar. Always contact the area (click park name, phone numbers are at the bottom of all park pages) to confirm times and dates. The event host is the final decision maker on activity information.
Go Hike! is the 2016 outdoor challenge. The chief of parks, Sam England is challenging all ages to hike 100 miles (or more) on a trail at a West Virginia State Park or State Forest in the calendar year 2016.
The hike challenge invites participants to hike 100 miles in 2016. In those 100 miles of hiking or walking, please include participation in 10 miles of hike/walk/strolls conducted at a state park or forest by a state park naturalist or activities coordinator is requested.
The program is open to anyone without charge and participants do not have to be enrolled in the existing WV State Park Hiking Program.
Each person accepting the Chief's Challenge is asked to enroll individually. Click here to see and complete the form. Registration is only required one time and sooner is better, but anytime is welcomed. Enrolling doesn't mean you have to complete the challenge, but it sure gives some motivation to get outside and walk or hike at a state park or forest in 2016.
A Chief's Challenge hiking log sheet is available to download. Click here for the full page form.
Enroll in the Chief's Challenge in 2016!
In April, Kanawha State Forest is leading Songbird Hikes on Saturday mornings. Also find the Osbra Eye Memorial Hike listing. Check the forest calendar here.
Cass Scenic Railroad is scheduling and leading some Full Moon Hikes in 2016. To learn more about the different hike dates click here and see the Cass Events page. Find a Full Moon Hike and click the online registration form – preregistration is necessary or go to the form now.
Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls schedules four Walk Between the Parks hikes in 2016. There is a fee for these longer walks that include shuttle service and lunch. Visit the full event calendar at www.wvstateparks.com for these and more hikes scheduled in 2016.
Walk Between The Parks Dates
May 7, 2016
July 9, 2016
August 6, 2016
October 1, 2016
For conversation or details, email firstname.lastname@example.org (at Canaan Valley) or email@example.com ( at Blackwater Falls).
To celebrate hiking, join Park's Chief Sam England for an evening bonfire.
Blackwater Falls State Park – November 12, 2016
Pipestem Resort State Park – December 3, 2016