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.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

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.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

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.

  Winter Months at West Virginia State Parks Encourage Visits and Warm Memories

12/16/2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Generally blanketed in white, West Virginia’s mountains and valleys yield outstanding winter options for outdoor recreation as well as creature comforts. Fireplaces in cabins, hearty soups and meals at state restaurants, and an abundance of special weekends and reduced rates for getaway accommodations create a welcoming atmosphere.

More than half of the 49-state park areas in West Virginia feature four-season use. State parks lodges and cabins are available at these areas any time of year:  Blackwater Falls, Canaan Valley, Cacapon, North Bend, Hawks Nest, Twin Falls, Stonewall Resort, Pipestem Resort, Tygart Lake, Chief Logan Lodge, Watoga, Lost River, Beech Fork, Cass Scenic Railroad and Bluestone state parks.

Cass Scenic Railroad is often overlooked as a winter destination. Trains run from mid-May through October, but the classic two-story company houses are reservable year-round. Reservations for company houses at Cass Scenic Railroad, lodge sleeping rooms, and cabins at lodge parks also offer Internet reservation service.

Seasonal and day-use parks are fully open from dates in mid-April through October and in some areas through November.

“State Parks like Holly River, Babcock, and the four state forests featuring cabins winterize the facilities to preserve the infrastructure of these historic CCC structures,” said Sissie Summers, programming coordinator for West Virginia State Park. “Winter visitors to day use areas may find buildings winterized, but weather permitting, hiking trails and fishing are recreation are additional options. Cedar Creek State Park sees brisk use of the activity building in the winter months by community and family groups.”

Tube Park at Canaan ValleyCanaan Valley Resort has a new 160-room lodge. With commanding views of “the valley,” this state park is the winter destination in West Virginia for downhill skiing, snow tubing, cross-country and ice skating. Located near Davis, W.Va., Canaan Valley Resort is near Blackwater Falls State Park. Blackwater Falls features a sledding run and cross-country skiing center. Snowshoeing also is popular at both parks.

 “Blackwater Falls’ scenic views are inspiring in all seasons, but in the winter months visitors and residents in the area can admire the mountainous terrain and geography of the area as snow defines the peaks and valleys,” Summers said.

If skiing and sledding aren’t an attraction, cabins at Watoga, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Twin Falls and Cacapon feature fireplaces, full kitchens and linens for a winter weekend or longer stay. Winter rates are in effect with many areas offering additional discounts or added value. Watoga State Park has a 50 percent off rate when staying three or more nights, mid-week, beginning Jan. 1, 2014, as an example.

Blennerhassett Island is a state park on an island in the Ohio River. The island and sternwheeler rides are open from May through October; however, the three-story Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in greater downtown Parkersburg is open year-round and offers tours, gifts shop and special lecture series and events.

The website to learn more about state parks in West Virginia is www.wvstateparks.com<http://www.wvstateparks.com>. The “Find a Park” feature lists parks individually, or click the park name on the map to go to a specific park website.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers
304-558-2764