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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

 Coopers Rock State Forest Campground remains open until Oct. 31; Reopens April 1, 2014

Eco-Bear at Coopers Rock State ForestBRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – Fall campers are reminded that Coopers Rock State Forest campground will remain open through Oct. 31, and will reopen for the 2014 season April 1. The campground offers 25 sites with electric hookups. Twelve sites are designated for advance reservations. Children's playgrounds are located in the campground and at various picnic areas.

Located just off US 68 near Morgantown, this popular area is known for rock climbing, camping, hiking and biking, and iconic vistas. Bands of rock cliffs line the Cheat River Gorge and provide numerous overlooks. The centerpiece among these is the main overlook, which furnishes a panorama of the gorge and distant horizons. Hikers enjoy a maze of enormous boulders and cliffs and the trails are lined with rhododendron and mountain laurel. Glade Run is dammed to form a six-acre pond that is regularly stocked with trout.

Coopers Rock State Forest has a gift shop, the “Overlook Trading Post, which offers a variety of souvenirs and apparel for purchase, in addition to an eatery – Eagle Grill – that offers sandwiches, hotdogs and other food.

Numerous picnic sites and three shelters are available, offering tables, grills, drinking water and toilet facilities. The shelters may be reserved by calling 304-594-1561, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A very big Eco-Bear stands on a rock surveying Coopers Rock State Forest. The natural materials bear was unveiled on Earth Day in 2013, and has remained in place as nature reduces him to his components of woven twigs, grass, mud, hemlock branches and natural materials. The green hemlock bows have given way to bare limbs. The bear was an art project by WVU student, Ben Gazsi.

Nearly 50 miles of trails wind through the forest. Trail descriptions are posted on the forest website.

“One of the more popular paths, the Henry Clay Iron Furnace Trail, takes you on a trip back in time,” said Forest Supt. Adam McKeown. “Rounding the last bend of the trail you find a huge stone structure used for producing iron in the 1800s. It is located in a grassy glade in an otherwise undisturbed forest.”

Properly licensed individuals are welcome to hunt or fish in-season, in specified areas.

No hunting zones surround all forest recreational facilities.

Established during the Civilian Conservation Corps era, many of the structures and walkways at Cooper Rock remind visitors of the long history of West Virginia state park system, public service and stewardship. To learn more about the forest visit www.coopersrockstateforest.com or call 304-594-1561.
Photos Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce

Contact Information

Adam McKeown, Supt.