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.

 52 years and counting Family Reunion Makes Camp Creek State Park an Annual Event

8/27/2013
At this latest reunion, seven family members who came to the first reunion in 1962 were able to returnCAMP CREEK, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks have always been popular for family reunions, and no one knows that more than the Wood/Farley/McBride family, which recently hosted their 52nd reunion at Camp Creek State Park. Since 1962, this family has had their reunion at the Farley Branch Shelter, which was built for the public’s enjoyment in 1960. More than 100 family members attended the 2013 reunion gathering.
 
At this latest reunion, seven family members who came to the first reunion in 1962 were able to return. They include: Lorene Slusher, who organized the family’s first reunion at her late grandfather’s request; Fred and Lou Belcher, who were newlyweds in 1962; Elizabeth Turpin, Dolly Bishop, and Marie Cales. (See photo)

According to Lou Belcher, “At this year’s reunion we came from 14 states including Alabama, California, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia to congregate on this ‘hallowed’ ground of Camp Creek State Park. And next year we will once again feel the call of the mountains and return to view the waterfalls and walk the trails and teach our great-grandchildren how to look for the best place to catch crawdads at old Camp Creek.”

Frank Ratcliffe, park superintendent of Camp Creek State Park and State Forest, said “It makes me very proud that our state park system provides services and maintains settings for quality family time and memories. I hope that 50 years from now our parks continue to be supported, enabling us to continue to serve West Virginians and our families like the Wood/Farley/McBride reunion.”

Camp Creek State Park is located in the southern part of West Virginia, between Beckley and Princeton. From the West Virginia turnpike, (I-77), take the Camp Creek exit 20, onto US 19 south and follow the signs less than one mile to the park access road. The park features campgrounds, hiking, biking, fishing, picnicking and shelters, horseback riding, and ball fields. Hunting is permitted on the 5,300 acres of state forest property. Camping is available year-round weather permitting. For information visit www.campcreekstatepark.com or call 304-425-9481.

Contact Information

Frank Ratcliffe, Supt., Camp Creek State Park
304-425-9481
campcreeksp@wv.gov