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Walks, Hikes, and more

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!

Things to Do "AT-A-PARK"

Pipestem, Cacapon, Blackwater Falls, North Bend, Holly River, Lost River, Beech Fork, Watoga


Cass Scenic Railroad is scheduling and leading Full Moon Hikes in 2017. 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 very helpful or go to the form now.


Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls schedules four Walk Between the Parks hikes in 2017. There is a fee for these longer walks that include shuttle service and lunch.  Visit the full event calendar at for these and more hikes scheduled in 2017 as information becomes available.

Walk Between The Parks Dates
For conversation or details about 2017 Walk Between the Parks hikes, email (at Canaan Valley) or ( at Blackwater Falls).

Chief's Challenge Bonfire Evenings

To celebrate hiking, join Park's Chief Sam England for an evening bonfire.
Pipestem Resort State Park – December 3, 2016

Winter Hiking

December 3, 2016
Chief's Challenge Bonfire Weekend
Several hikes planned this weekend
Click Pipestem Activities link below
Pipestem Resort State Park
Pipestem Activities

Kanawha State Forest
December 5, 2016
Night Hike

Kanawha State Forest
December 17, 2016
Christmas Bird Count at Kanawha State Forest

Kanawha State Forest
January 1, 2017
First Day Hike 

Kanawha State Forest
January 21, 2017
Shirley Schweizer Winter Walk



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