Looking for a new hobby? West Virginia has plenty of those to choice from. Here are just a few of the things that you can learn in West Virginia:
North American River Runners (NARR) has the oldest kayaking school in the state, according to its website. They offer 2-hour kayaking clinics on their lake covering paddle technique, balance, braces and the Eskimo roll.
2. Mountain climbing
Seneca Rocks Climbing School has been around for 40 years. They teach novices and experienced climbers how to conduct themselves in a safe manner, according to their Facebook page.
3. Contra dancing
Friends of Old Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) has at least two chapters in West Virginia (the Kanawha Valley and Morgantown). They offer a chance to learn how to contra dance (similar to square dancing) and listen to traditional music.
Just in case Katniss Everdeen got you inspired to learn how to shoot a bow and arrow, there are several clubs around the state where you can learn more about archery. Check out the
West Virginia Archery Association
for more information about clubs and tournaments in your neck of the woods.
5. Mountain biking
The bike park at Snowshoe has been recognized as one of the best in the United States and offers one of the largest trail systems in the east, according to its website. The park offers private lessons, group lessons and family clinics for anyone who wants to get more comfortable with the terrain before riding on their own.
6. Bird watching
Several of the state’s parks offer basic bird watching events and courses during the spring. These are free and open to the public. West Virginia is home to about 35 species of warblers birds that can be seen during the spring. For more information see the state Department of Commerce’s website.
West Virginia has a writers’ association that has an annual conference and writing contest to help encourage people to write.
for more information.
8. Scuba divng
Summersville Lake is considered the clearest water East of the Mississippi River and Sarge’s Dive Shop teaches people to scuba dive there. They offer certification and lessons.
West Virginia has a number of quilting circles, businesses and associations for quilters. For more information, visit wvquilters.org.
West Virginia Quilters.
The Sewell Mountain Sailing Association offers a free weekend of sailing classes to help you learn to sail solo. The only cost associated with it is travel.
11. Flying remote controlled airplanes
West Virginia has several clubs dedicated to radio-controlled aircrafts. There are clubs in Clarksburg, Fairmont, Winfield, St. Albans, Princeton, Buckhannon and Glengary, For more information see
12. Ghost hunting
No seriously… there are a ton of paranormal societies in West Virginia that search for ghosts and other things supernatural, according to
These are just a few of the cool things that you can learn to do in West Virginia. How many of these things are you involved in or did you know about? What are some other cool things that people can learn to do in West Virginia?