Word From The Wise: Hiking Tips From A Park Ranger To Keep You Safe And Having Fun

Expert Hiking Advice From a Park Ranger in the New River Gorge National River

The New River Gorge region has many hiking trails from beginner to advanced. You can follow rivers, hike along the top of gorges, make descents beside waterfalls and take easy strolls though beautiful forests. While the trails are typically simple to find and follow, West Virginia weather is notorious for being unpredictable. Being prepared for many different scenarios before setting out on your hike will help you ...

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News Alert: southern West Virginia is open for business!

Active Southern West Virginia partners with government, higher education, business, and regional parks to improve the health and economy of southern West Virginia.

To participate in a growing global economy, communities need to attract the next generation of creative talent who seek a healthy, vibrant environment in which to build their careers and nurture their families. Southern West Virginia is becoming just such a place, where a culture of active living is building momentum thanks to the commitment of our local ...

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Adopt a Trail; Walking with Purpose

Active SWV Community Captain’s Adopt a Trail

An innovative partnership between Active Southern West Virginia and the New River Gorge Trail Alliance to improve trail infrastructure and community health.

Regional trail reporting, trail maintenance, and adopt a trail programs are available through a partnership between Active Southern West Virginia (Active SWV) and the New River Gorge Trail Alliance (NRGTA). Trails in southern West Virginia are recreational assets for the local outdoorsman ...

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April Community Captain of the Month

Active SWV is excited to announce the Community Captain of the Month for April is Charity Wysong. Charity leads Active SWV’s Walk in the Park program, a walking/hiking group at Fayette County Park every Wednesday at 10am. Charity also leads hikes in the NRG for our Get Active in the Park programs. We caught up with Charity to ask her a few questions about what motivates her to volunteer and to stay physically active.

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Now Hiring; Active SWV Kids Run Club Director

This full time position will support the successful Active Southern West Virginia Kids Run Club Program. This position is critical in the growth of the program and impact with existing participants.

Active Southern WV Kids Run Club Director

The Active Southern West Virginia (Active SWV) Kids Run Club program began in 2015 with one school, Valley Elementary School. The Active SWV Kids Run Club program has grown to 21 schools and two community groups throughout Nicholas, Fayette, ...

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Free Community 5K Walk/Run

Celebrating active lifestyles in the New River Gorge Region

The New River Gorge Region is invited to the eNeRGy Community Walk/Run powered by Active SWV on Saturday, May 12th at Woodrow Wilson High School. Join us as we celebrate active lifestyles for a FREE 5k Community Walk/Run and the MedExpress Kids Run Club Dash. All ages are welcome ...

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Workplace Wellness at the Beckley Sanitary Board

Active SWV Workplace Wellness Program

This program provides structure and support for a multi-year approach to increase physical activity in the workplace by utilizing a score card to measure results.

Participation will also connect workplaces to the already successful Active SWV programs; Community Captains offering free outdoor physical activity weekly programs, elementary school Kids Run Clubs, the Bike/Walk SWV advocacy model, and high quality signature events.

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Active SWV Community Engagement Assistant Molly Wolff

Molly Wolff joins the Active SWV team on a part time basis to contribute media and communication support along with photography and graphic design. Molly brings an education in Physical Education and Recreation Administration from Southern Virginia University with life experience in youth sports programming, assisting children with special needs in recreation, tourism marketing assistance, and owning a photography business. Molly is a resident of Scarbro, West Virginia with her family.

The mission of Active Southern West Virginia to increase opportunities for ...

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