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.
These areas post activities throughout the summer months. Click to see most current info and discover hikes and more.
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 asks 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 park naturalist or activities coordinator. We encourage participation in our summer programming and activities part of the challenge. Join a state park naturalist for ten miles of scheduled hikes during the year; the other 90 can be on your own pace and schedule.
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 separately. Click here to see and complete the form. This is a simple way for the chief to estimate the number of people wanting to join the challenge and fun, reward planning, and scheduling hikes. Registration is only required one time and sooner is better. 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 will be available to download during Christmas/New Year's weeks and available at park and forest offices.
Complete details will post to this page and additional information forthcoming.
This information was posted November 19, 2015 because we're so excited, we couldn't keep quiet until the end of December. Register and let us know you're taking the Chief's Challenge in 2016!