These West Virginia activities are perfect for your New Year’s resolutions

We’ve all said it – “New year, new me.” Each new year brings the opportunity for change. Outdoor activities are perfect for kick-starting your resolutions, and luckily, West Virginia has no shortage of them.

Hike some of West Virginia’s iconic trails

West Virginia offers hikers and outdoor enthusiasts a myriad of trails varying in difficulty in every region. Trace your way through the New River Gorge or find yourself atop the highest peaks of the Potomac Highlands. Venture through history at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park or hike along the calming waters of the Greenbrier River.  No matter what type of hike you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Almost Heaven.

Hit the slopes at one of the Mountain State’s world-class ski resorts

Outdoor recreation isn’t limited to warmer seasons in West Virginia. When the snow begins to fall, the Mountain State turns into an oasis of winter excitement. West Virginia is home to several top of the line ski resorts that boast outdoor recreation and world-class accommodations. Snowshoe Mountain, Canaan Valley Resort State Park, Winterplace Ski Resort, and Oglebay Resort all offer packages for you and the entire family to enjoy exciting winter sports fun.

Whitewater raft at one of the state’s unique outfitters

Whitewater rafting has been a staple of West Virginia outdoor adventure for more than 50 years. In the early days of rafting, adventurers ran the wild and untamed rivers of West Virginia, but as the years passed outfitters emerged throughout the state to make the most of your experience. Today, West Virginia is full of experienced, knowledgeable outfitters who will help you plan your river adventure. Outfitters like Adventures on the Gorge, ACE Adventure Resort, River Expeditions, Cheat River Outfitters, and River Riders will all take you from mild to wild and give you the trip of a lifetime.

Climb the Via Ferrata at Nelson Rocks

Seneca Rocks is regarded as one of the most iconic landmarks in West Virginia, and thousands of climbers flock there year after year to scale the unique rocky terrain. However, just a short drive from Seneca Rocks, visitors will find Nelson Rocks and the incredible Via Ferrata. NRocks Outdoor Adventures offers visitors a one-of-a-kind outdoor adventure experience. It features a one-mile, fixed-anchor, professionally guided rock climbing tour . The climb lasts roughly three and a half hours and boasts 1085 in elevation gain and a suspension bridge that is 150 feet high and 200 feet long. The climb is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re up for the challenge, the guides at Nelson Rocks can give you some of the most jaw-dropping scenic views you’ll find anywhere in the world.

Kickstart your new year the right way. Discover your form of adventure in Almost Heaven; you never know what you may find.

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This post was last updated on March 17, 2022