WASHINGTON—West Virginians who don’t want to miss out on a new hiking season are getting the best of both worlds by using the outdoor season to get a taste of nature, according to the West Virginian Department of Parks and Recreation.

    The department said it is opening a new section of the park where hikers can spend the day exploring nature, and is adding more areas where children can get their fitness and physical education on. 

    It’s the latest sign of a renewed effort by West Virginias parks to keep the public engaged with the outdoors. 

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is opening another section of a park in the town of West Columbia, a town of just over 400 people that is home to about 4,000 people, and is inviting people to a “Hiking & Backpacking” event in the park this weekend, according the department. 

    “As part of our commitment to maintaining our environment, we are offering all West Virginia residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors this winter,” said the department in a press release. 

    Hiking, backpacking, or nature, however, is not the only outdoor activity that’s open to the public this winter. 

    For the second year in a row, the state is opening a new area for outdoor recreation, the West Virginia State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Office said in a statement on its website. 

    On Friday, the state opened a section of Big Bend National Park in Bend County, west of Morgantown. 

    At the park, you’ll be able to explore wildlife, fish, hike, swim, hunt, and camp, the park said in its statement. 

    Another section of Bountiful State Park in the central part of the state will open to residents on Friday. 

     And this past Saturday, the National Parks Service opened a new outdoor area for families to take a break, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, and enjoy a great time outdoors.

    The West Virginial Department of Public Works and Emergency Management is also opening a section in Big Bend State Park this Saturday, and it will be a place to enjoy nature and take in the scenic views. 

    And on Saturday, Maryland Parks and Recreations opened a new section of Mount St. Helens National Park, an area where people can enjoy a “nature experience” with their children, while fans of the park can take in nature and see the spectacular Mount St.


    In addition, New Hampshire is offering an outdoor adventure for families, starting Saturday at 8 a.m. at the Hudson Falls Ski Resort in East Manchester. 

    People can camp, hike or snowboard in this area for the first time. 

    As for the new section in Mount St Helens, it will be open to all residents on Friday, from 7 a.t.m to 8 a., with a number of snow areas opening on Saturday at 6 a.y.m, to get a good start on the season. 

    If you don’t have a children’s park or a child’s cabin, you can also stay at the Gastonia Sleeping Village in New Hampshire. 

    This is the second year the mountains of New Hampshire have opened to outdoor activity this winter, according to the Department of Natural Resources. 

    Last year, Maine’s mountain is open to all and the outdoor environment has been renewed with the opening of Wampanoag mountaineering trails in the Powder River Valley. 

    Mackinac Mountain is a part of the Appalachian Mountains and is open to any adult and child with a safety preference. 

    West Virginia is also opening several sundays at 2 p.m., and  tours are open for children and adults from 6 a.s. to 6 p.s., to go around the area and see the surrounding skeet, beach and  mountaintop mountain tours. 

    Additionally, Saturday, there will be an all-inclusive Spartan Horseback Tour at WVHU in West Vermont that will take your family to the Sparks Mountains in East Morgantown, where they can