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.

 Aerial tramway accesses unique lodge setting at Pipestem Resort State Park

6/6/2013
PIPESTEM, W.Va. – It sweeps from the Upper Station at Pipestem’s Canyon Rim Center to the floor of the Bluestone Canyon. It crosses the Bluestone River before arriving at Mountain Creek Lodge. It is the only public access to this 30-room vacation hotel-style accommodation complete with upscale dining. The aerial tramway at Pipestem Resort has been open since 1971 and is one of two trams of its kind in North America.

Designed by Mueller Lifts, the total length of the aerial run is 3,410. The highest elevation is 2,639 with the lowest elevation at 1,520. It takes six minutes from top to bottom and can transport up to 400 persons per hour.

There is a minimal fee to ride the tram from the bottom at Mountain Creek Lodge back to the top. “Mountain bikers enjoy the ride down the mountain and the option to have a lift back to the top,” said Dave Caplinger, park superintendent.

The aerial tram fee without hauling equipment is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Kayakers taking advantage of the Bluestone River appreciate the ride as well. There is an additional $4 fee per bike or kayak transport. “With a vertical rise of 1,097 feet out of one of the more remote canyons in the east, even the hardiest biker or kayaker appreciates the smooth, easy trip,” Caplinger said.

Pipestem’s aerial tramway, Mountain Creek Lodge and Mountain Creek restaurant opened May 17 and will remain open until late October. Tram hours are 8 a.m. until 10 p.m. The tram does not operate during scheduled maintenance conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.

Mountain Creek Lodge is open from May 17 to Oct. 27, and guests here have free access to the tram. Gourmet dining is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. daily and reservations are encouraged, but lodge guests can enjoy a daily complimentary continental breakfast. Views from room balconies at Mountain Creek Lodge are of the Bluestone River. The lodge has horseshoes, volleyball and other outdoor games as well as an indoor game room.

Mountain Creek Lodge also is the destination for the extremely popular spring and fall Trout Wrangler horse and fly fishing packages that are offered when the tram is not in operation. A section of the Bluestone River is a delayed harvest catch-and-release area until June 1, so trout fishing can be outstanding early in the season for Mountain Creek guests.

Reservations for this unique lodge setting can be made by telephone at 304-466-1800 or online at www.pipestemresort.com. The website includes additional information on the park’s amazing array of lodging and recreational opportunities, including golf, swimming, nature activities, amphitheater shows, dining and hiking.

Contact Information

Dave Caplinger, Park Superintendent
304-466-1800
pipestemsp@wv.gov