Staying active outdoors during a pandemic

Staying active outdoors during a pandemic

With lots of travel plans on hold and a need for social distancing, now is the time to get outside and safely explore the Tri-state region’s many outdoor recreational opportunities. Staying active not only benefits you physically but mentally as well. Whether you are someone who seeks adrenaline adventures or someone who prefers a quiet walk in the woods, the area has something for everyone!

Check out my list of recommended recreational opportunities located in Huntington and Cabell County:

  • Walking/Biking Path: Ritter Park
  • Family Friendly Hike: Huntington Museum of Art
  • Sunset View: Harris Riverfront Park
  • Overlook: Rotary Park
  • Birding Spot: Greenbottom WMA
  • Kayak Put-in: Guyandotte River at Barboursville Park
  • Mountain Biking: Beech Fork State Park

For additional regional outdoors recreation ideas, visit

Practice safety

While you are outdoors, be sure to take precautions to protect yourself. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during outdoor recreation:

  • Wear a face mask when social distancing of 6 feet or more is not possible
  • Wash your hands frequently (if possible)
  • Carry hand-sanitizer
  • Take plenty of water
  • Wear sunscreen & insect repellent
  • Download or print a map
  • Tell someone about your plans

For additional ways on how to safely stay active, be sure to talk to your primary care provider.


Michelle Hudson

Michelle C. Hudson, PsyD, is the Director of Neuropsychology at Marshall Health and a an associate professor in Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine Department of Neurology.