West Virginia has long been known for great outdoor recreation opportunities, and recent developments make Putnam County, smack dab between Huntington and Charleston, no exception.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. In the sleepy town of Eleanor (West Virginia’s cleanest town!) the Eleanor Park offers miles of trails that are long known by locals and are a hidden gem. And the newly constructed Meeks Mountain Trails offer miles of meandering trails that feel like you’re deep in the forest but you’re really just outside of town. For those wanting a slower pace, Valley Park offers miles of easy walking trails and a new disc golf course.

Easy access to the Kanawha River for both paddle and motorboats lets you discover scenic waterways. Schedule a paddleboard rental with or without lessons from Appalachian Boarding Company – it’s a great activity for folks of all ages. Or bring your boat for easy river access at the new boat launch ramp in Winfield.

The friendly people of Putnam extend a warm welcome, and you can find some of the most delicious local food from restaurants offering regular dining and carryout options. We offer some of the best carryout options in the region for folks who want to maintain physical distance while traveling. Area hotels are working hard to keep things extra clean and safe for guests, and all are either newly constructed or recently remolded for a clean, comfortable stay.

Because of Putnam County’s close proximity to the nearby cities of Charleston and Huntington, you can be in either town within 30 minutes of Putnam County for even more to see and do. Additional outdoor recreation opportunities abound, along with museums, public art tours, and other safe attractions for a lower-key day when you need to recover from adventuring. Visit the new Instagram account @WvMetroValley to learn more about safe attractions from the entire region.

To map your next adventure and plan a stay, go to www.VisitPutnamWV.com.

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