PIPESTEM, W.Va. — A nonprofit focused on improving regional public health will soon offer monthly guided hikes at four West Virginia state parks.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the free Active Southern West Virginia hikes at the New River Gorge-area parks will take place the first Sunday of each month, starting April 1 at Pipestem. The hikes will also be offered at Bluestone, Babcock and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Parks.

Community Captain Levi Moore says the nonprofit is expanding on the success of its partnership with the National Park Service to offer more opportunities to explore the state. He said he hopes the state park partnership will expand to additional activities.

The nonprofit currently partners with the New River Gorge National River of the NPS to offer activities ranging from tai chi to paddleboarding.

Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, http://wvgazettemail.com.

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