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.

 Door Buster Winter Rates at North Bend State Park

CAIRO, W.Va. – North Bend State Park is encouraging people to visit and enjoy the park in the winter months with special off-season rates. “The hiking trails are open, the lodge, cabins and restaurant are open year-round,” said Kristi Steed, Group Services Coordinator. Steed works with front desk clerks to craft what she calls “better-rates packages” for North Bend. She sees affordability as a service to introduce visitors to West Virginia’s state parks.

The most popular winter rate at North Bend is the Great Getaway. “It isn’t a special event with entertainment, but it is a nice night out with dinner and breakfast for two while staying at the lodge,” Steed said. The package cost is $99, which includes taxes and gratuities. “It’s an affordable night off and a getaway. Goodness knows, folks need a little time away these days.”

This rate is even better during the Christmas shopping season. The park staff sells the same package for $75 when the call for reservations is received before December 24, 2011, and purchasers may stay anytime until February 28. “It’s a way to use even better rates to encourage reservations during slower park use time, after Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas. It’s a good deal if folks will make the reservations during these dates.” The $75 deal is called the Door Buster.

North Bend has several scheduled special weekends upcoming. Those include:

New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance on December 31; Little Princess Ball, January 7 for dads and their daughters ages 5-12; Winter Wonder Weekend, January 20-22; and Sweetheart Weekend, February 10-12. Package rates at North Bend include The $99 Great Getaway, The Door Buster, and the Leap-In, a leap day offer February 29. Steed has created a variety of seasonal packages that includes History Traveler Packages: The Voyage and The Frontier. Each combines an overnight stay at North Bend State Park lodge and activities at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park for Voyage and with Prickett’s Fort State Park for the Frontier. These summer packages have Steed’s favorite package pricing: $99.

North Bend State Park is located in Ritchie County close to Harrisville and Cairo. Campgrounds are open mid-spring through mid-autumn. Hiking and biking trails, North Bend Lake and fishing, and the North Bend Rail Trail are available and open to the public. Fishing requires a fishing license. Open year-round the park features a lodge, meeting facilities, cabins and restaurant. For rate information, reservations or to learn more about events and activities at North Bend State Park, call 304-643-2931 or visit www.northbendsp.com.

Contact Information

Kristi Steed or Ken Caplinger, Chief of Parks
304-643-2931 or 304-558-2764
northbendsp@wv.gov or dnr.parks.@wv.gov