Outdoor Recreation

Hiking. Kayaking. Fishing. Rowing. Even climbing trees. Beats the crap out of video games. Which of the following is a better answer to “Hey, Carl, what’d you do today?” Choice 1: “I sat around on my butt and killed fake aliens while arguing with mom over which cheetos she should have bought.” Choice 2: “I kayaked down some Category 4 rapids on my way to the downstream campsite where I grilled a trout I caught that day.” If you answered “Choice 1,” go away. We don’t want you in Webster County.

Bakers Island Recreation Area

Webster Springs, WV

Ballfield, basketball courts, picnic pavilions, grandstand, walking trail, playground, swimming pool, public river access and is host to many events.

Telephone: 304-847-5411

Bergoo Bash

Bergoo, WV

ATV riders heaven!  Held the Saturday before Labor Day each year at the Bergoo Ball Field. Mud pit, poker run, horseshoe pitching contest, live entertainment and more.  Sponsored by the Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department.

Telephone: 304.847.2301

Big Ditch Lake & Wildlife Management Area

Cowen, WV

The wildlife management area contains 388 acres offering small game, waterfowl, and bow hunting; however, hunting is limited by the area’s small size. The lake’s 55 acres provide warm-water fishing for large-mouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and channel catfish. Fishing pier accommodates wheelchairs. Boats may use electric motors only. A walking trail circles the lake and … Continue reading Big Ditch Lake & Wildlife Management Area

Telephone: 304-924-6211


Cyclists looking for anything from a mountain biking adventure to an exhilarating road biking challenge can find something to suit their tastes in Webster County. Many trails in the Holly River State Park and the Monongahela National Forest are suited for mountain biking enthusiasts, while the Williams River Road, Highland Scenic Highway and many other … Continue reading Biking


Boasting several rivers and streams, Webster County is home to some of North America’s finest angling. The waters are often brimming with trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass and catfish. Listed among the WV DNR’s “Favorite fishing waters” are the Elk, Cranberry and Williams Rivers. Trout are stocked regularly in the Back Fork of Elk, Elk, … Continue reading Fishing


There are miles of trails to explore throughout Webster County, ranging from mild to wild. The Monongahela National Forest offers a variety of hiking experiences from easy to wilderness adventures in the Cranberry Wilderness area. Holly River State Park also offers many miles of trails from very easy to very difficult. All offer unsurpassed scenic … Continue reading Hiking

Holly River State Park

Hacker Valley, WV

With 8,101 acres of dense forest, Holly River is West Virginia’s second largest state park. Located in a narrow valley, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains, some reaching more than 2,800 feet in height. The dense forests of Holly River provide guests with a natural setting where they can find peaceful solitude. Recreational … Continue reading Holly River State Park

Telephone: (304) 493-6353
Website: http://www.hollyriver.com


Whitetail deer, black bear, wild turkey, squirrel and ruffed grouse are abundant in the hills and hollers of Webster County and hunting these game animals is a favored past-time of local residents and visitors alike. Check the WV Division of Natural Resources web site for seasons and other regulations.

Irish Road Bowling at Holly River

Hacker Valley, WV

“Faugh a ballach!” rings through the air as Irish road bowlers get ready to throw the 28 oz. steel ball down Holly River State Park roads. This sport for all ages is played out annually in October in this scenic setting.

Telephone: 304 493-6353

Lover’s Lane Boardwalk

Webster Springs, WV

Lover’s Lane Boardwalk starts on Back Fork Street which is across from Minnich’s Florist and is a 100-yard walk past the Webster Springs Post Office.  It is easily accessible from two locations: one being either of the two swinging bridges across the Back Fork of the Elk River, located on Bennett Ave.  There is also … Continue reading Lover’s Lane Boardwalk

Monongahela National Forest

Over 65,000 acres of the Monongahela National Forest lie within Webster County’s borders, including portions of the Cranberry Back Country and Cranberry Wilderness area. Enjoy breathtaking scenery, camping, hiking, cycling, hunting, fishing, horse back riding, cross country skiing and communing with nature.

Telephone: 304-846-2695
Website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/mnf/


The Elk River from Elk Springs to the Webster/Braxton County line is over 40 miles long and it is classified as a class II-IV section by American Whitewater. The river has a variety of whitewater with scenic views at every turn. There are a number of possible day trips and camping is availalbe near the … Continue reading Rafting/Kayaking/Canoeing

Webster County Nature Tour

Cowen, WV

The Webster County Nature Tour is held annually, the first weekend of May. Explore wildflowers and other wonders of nature. Walking and driving tours of scenic areas of Webster County are conducted, along with evening entertainment. Tours range from very rugged to easy walking – participants choose the tour in which they’ll participate. Lodging is … Continue reading Webster County Nature Tour

Telephone: 304-226-3888
Website: http://www.facebook.com/TheWebsterCountyNatureTour

Webster County Woodchopping Festival

Webster Springs, WV

Memorial Day weekend brings the Webster County Woodchopping Festival, where the “Southeastern US World Championship Woodchopper” title is won. The festival has grown out of a long timbering heritage from which has come some of the finest woodchoppers and lumbermen in the world. The choppers come from as near as the scenic mountains of Webster … Continue reading Webster County Woodchopping Festival

Telephone: 304-847-7666

Webster Wildwater Weekend

Webster Springs, WV

In early April each year, whitewater enthusiasts from across the United States converge on Webster County for the Webster Wildwater Weekend River Festival. The downriver race features plenty of whitewater action on the Elk River. The awards party on Saturday evening features live music, river videos and good times for all. Paddlers also can participate … Continue reading Webster Wildwater Weekend

Telephone: 304-847-2145