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.
Back by popular request, Go Hike! is the 2017 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 2017.
The hike challenge invites participants to hike 100 miles in 2017. In those 100 miles of hiking or walking, please include participation in 17 miles of hike/walk/strolls conducted at a state park or forest by a state park naturalist or activities coordinator is requested.
Each person accepting the Chief's Challenge is asked to enroll individually. 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 2017.
A Chief's Challenge hiking log sheet is available to download.
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.
Pipestem State Park has two Full Moon Hikes scheduled. Strawberry Moon Hike, June 9 and Buck Moon Walk, July 9, 2017. Visit Pipestem’s event page for details
You’ve asked for longer hikes and Pipestem has listened. Two 9-1/2 mile hikes are scheduled – May 27 and October 14 – both begin at 10:00 a.m. and depart from McKeever Lodge. - Visit Pipestem’s event page for details
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 www.wvstateparks.com for these and more hikes scheduled in 2017 as information becomes available.
Birding Around the Sun
Multiple hikes at Kanawha State Forest