As things slowly return to normal, we know taking precautions against COVID-19 are top of mind as we go out again. Here are some ideas for activities in #PutnamWV that are a little more off the beaten path to help you avoid crowds.

Esther and Norman Walter Memorial Nature Park | Red House, WV
This 25-acre nature preserve with a one mile loop trail is a great place to spot native species of trees and other plants. Located on Wilkie Road off W.Va. 34 northeast of Red House, the trail is an easy hike with plenty of marked species of trees. Insider tip: the parking lot can get pretty muddy so be mindful if it has recently rained. The trailhead is on the left just down the gravel road past the parking lot.

Eleanor Park Hiking/Biking Trails | Eleanor, WV
Featuring an 18-mile loop, the trails at Eleanor Park offer terrain for beginners and more than 1,800 feet in climbing elevation. The entrance is next to the picnic shelter near the front of the park. A kiosk at the trailhead features a trail map. A newly constructed comfort station is next to the shelter as well. The trail can be ridden either direction but was designed to be traveled counter-clockwise.

City of Hurricane Meeks Mountain Trails | Hurricane, WV
The newly constructed trail system has five completed miles of trails open to the public for hiking or biking. The Red/White loop is an easy 1-mile trek, with the Green/White loop featuring a more challenging five-mile trail. Entrance to the trails is beside the caboose at Hurricane City Park.

Winfield Boat Launch Ramp | Winfield, WV
With warmer weather the boat launch ramp at Winfield offers clean, easy access for both paddle and motor boating activities. Located just beside the Winfield Bridge, there is plenty of parking and a dock for fishing. Barge traffice is typically on the opposite side of the river from the launch ramp, and the water is just upriver from the Winfield Dam providing near-still water perfect for learning to kayak, canoe, or paddleboard.