When it comes to fishing, West Virginia has plenty of great lakes and rivers to choose from. So much so that it may be difficult to pick the best spot to fish. While everyone has their own list of characteristics they prefer, here are what we think of as some of the best places to go fishing in West Virginia.

These are in no particular order, and this is by no means an exhaustive list.


How many of these have you fished at? Do you agree that these are some of the best places to fish in West Virginia? If you have other spots you enjoy, please share in the comments. We would love to hear from you!

If you’re looking for more information, you may appreciate this article regarding fishing in West Virginia, and this list from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

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Where are some of the best rivers in West Virginia?

Choosing the best river in West Virginia is a pretty personal decision. But should you ever find yourself considering this question, be sure to include the following rivers when making your evaluation. They are some of the best for West Virginians' love of all things water-related.

  • Blackwater River
  • Buckhannon River
  • Cherry River
  • Middle Fork River
  • New River Gorge National River
  • Shenandoah River


What are some must-take trails in West Virginia?

If looking for an activity on dry land, there are some amazing trails in West Virginia that are certainly worth your time. See how many of the following you have hiked, and how many you should put on your bucket list.

  • Rend (Thurmond-Minden) Trail through the New River Gorge
  • Endless Wall Trail that partly overlooks the New River
  • Overlook Rock Trail in Kanawha State Forest
  • Laurel Creek Trail at Little Beaver State Park
  • The Appalachian Trail at Harpers Ferry
  • Breathed Mountain Loop in the Dolly Sods Wilderness
  • Allegheny Mountain Trail at Spruce Knob


What are some favorite outdoor activities and places in West Virginia?

One of the best things about West Virginia is all the outdoor adventures to be had and the endless beauty of the state itself. Check out this list of outdoor activities in West Virginia and see how many you’ve experienced for yourself:

  • Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory in Monroe County
  • Summersville Lake for sailing and other water activities
  • The New River Gorge is THE spot for whitewater rafting
  • The Highland Scenic Highway makes for a gorgeous drive
  • Seneca Caverns may not technically be outdoors, but it’s worth the trip
  • Go horseback riding in Canaan Valley State Park