West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


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West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


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Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 “Dinner Plus” packages at Hawks Nest State Park in January

ANSTED, W.Va. – “Dinner Plus” joins the winter activities that continue at Hawks Nest State Park in Fayette County even during the major renovation and facility updates that have been ongoing since Nov. 1. “This renovation will include installation of a new heating and cooling system along with placement of new beds, wall mounted flat screen televisions, and new linens,” according to Hawks Nest Supt. John Bracken.

While the Hawks Nest Restaurant and conference room remain open for regular business and holiday parties, overnight lodging is not expected to become available until Feb. 1, 2012. As a result, January dinner theaters at the park will become Dinner Plus evening events,” according to Megan Flinn, activities coordinator for Hawks Nest State Park. “We’re taking reservations now for January 14, 21, and 28.”
Hawks Nest’s Dinner Plus packages in January include a full course dinner followed by a 60-90 minute cultural performance. “These events are a popular way to beat cabin fever,” Flinn said. Cost is $54.25 per person, tax and gratuities included. When making reservations for a party of four, a four-top table is offered at a reduced rate of $200, taxes and gratuities included. Due to limited space, seating is pre-assigned and couples should expect to be seated four to a table.

January evening Dinner Plus events include:

January 14, 2012 – The Battle of Droop Mountain.

Mike Smith, who is a Civil War researcher and superintendent of Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park, relates the story of the battle of Droop Mountain. The presentation features rarely seen photos and a display of Civil War artifacts found at Droop Mountain. Smith also oversees Beartown State Park and is an accomplished hiker and naturalist as well as historian. He has scheduled a 30-mile trek from Lewisburg to Droop Mountain in Nov. 5, 2013, retracing the approach by soldiers and arriving the next day to what would become the battle at Droop Mountain 150 years ago to the day, November 6, 1863. 

January. 21, 2012 – Lady D – “The Lady and the Empress”

The voice and music of Bessie Smith, 1930s Blues legend and famed "Empress of the Blues," is portrayed by Lady D. The voice and energy Doris Fields – much like the Empress herself – is nothing short of astonishing, according to Flinn. Fields, a native-born West Virginian is a singer, songwriter, actress, director, producer, educator, writer and playwright. She is a graduate of W.Va. State University and began singing at the age of three. Her performances are energy-filled and deeply moving, performing what she calls "edutainment."

January 28, 2012: Ron Perrone is Back

From the nostalgic "Wild Mountain Thyme" to the haunting ballad of "Pretty Polly," singer/guitarist Ron Perrone has perfected the art of the American folk ballad.

Perronne has been kicking around the West Virginia music scene for more than 30 years, but he is best known across the state as the education director of Three Rivers Avian Center. “Caring for wild birds has become a passion for Wendy and me,” Perrone said. “As wild bird rehabilitators and environmental educators, we keep busy with educational programs in schools and elsewhere as well as caring for injured and orphaned wild birds - from hummingbirds to eagles.”

His website (http://tracwv.org) exercises a musical ego when he has time and the results will contribute to Three Rivers Avian Center. Rediscover Perronne’s musical side at www.ronperrone.com or attend the live concert at Hawks Nest on Jan. 28.

For details regarding events at Hawks Nest State Park, or for information about purchasing tickets as a gift, call the Hawks Nest Lodge at 304-658-5212 or send an email to hawksnestinfo@wv.gov.

Contact Information

Megan Flinn, Activities Coordinator, Hawks Nest State Park