Creating a Bike/Walk Community: What is a BPAC?

Chances are, if you are reading this, you may be interested in making your community a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly place. This will be a much easier process if you can work with others who are also interested in community improvements. Finding the right leaders to champion the cause can make all the difference. No one can guarantee ...

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June Community Captain of the Month

Active SWV would like to introduce Bob Matson, June Community Captain of the Month. Bob is a volunteer from the 2018 Get Active in the Park training class. We are glad to welcome Bob to the Active SWV family.

Bob is originally from Atlanta, GA and his wife is a native of Raleigh County, a Woodrow Wilson High School ...

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Community Captain Appreciation

Now that spring has officially sprung, Active SWV’s staff will become increasingly busy working to bring physical activity opportunities to our region. Before we get too busy we would like to take some time to say a BIG THANK YOU to all of our Community Captains. Community Captains are volunteers with Active SWV that care about the health ...

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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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