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Outdoor Recreation in West Virginia: Things To Do and Its Role in Supporting the Local Economy


West Virginia’s Appalachian mountains make the state a “must-see” destination for adventurers. And beyond the mountain range, the sprawling hills and valleys also pose as the perfect backdrop for a number of outdoor activities. 

According to a study by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), 67% of West Virginia residents engage in outdoor recreational activities each year. But the state’s great outdoors serves as more than just a place to explore. West Virginia’s most enticing feature also plays a vital role in supporting the local economy through tourism and outdoor recreation. The same OIA study reported that outdoor recreation in the Mountain State is responsible for 91,000 jobs statewide and generates $660 million in state and local tax revenue. 

Supporting and protecting West Virginia’s great outdoors is a matter of both sustainability and economic health. Keep reading to learn more about recreational opportunities available in the Mountain State and initiatives that are helping to both protect the state’s great outdoors and leverage it for economic prosperity.

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