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.

 Brush Creek Falls Area in Mercer County is Closed to Swimming But Open for Picnicking, Birding and Hiking

8/26/2013
PIPESTEM, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is announcing that the Brush Creek Falls natural area near Pipestem State Park is now off limits to swimming.

“The public’s safety is always of paramount concern in operating any type of outdoors facility, and waterfalls and unsupervised swimming in an area where a history of reckless behavior can occur all make for a dangerous combination,” according to Park Superintendent Dave Caplinger in explaining the reason for the decision to restrict swimming.

This breathtakingly beautiful 33-foot tiered waterfall also has sheer cliffs, treacherous swimmers’ paths, and slippery footing that contribute to the safety concerns

However, this popular spot offers a wonderful place to find solitude and enjoy hiking and picnicking opportunities. Visitors to this area, reached by taking Brush Creek Falls Road near I-77 between exits 14 and 20, should keep small children close by when approaching the falls themselves, and waterfalls regardless of location should never be approached from above.

To learn more about Brush Creek Falls for hiking and picnicking opportunities, visit www.pipestemresort.com/BRUSH_CREEK_FALLS.pdf

Contact Information

David Caplinger, Park Supt., Nathan Hanshaw, Asst. Supt.
304-466-1800
pipestemsp@wv.gov