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.


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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.


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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.

 Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race at Blackwater Falls State Park Feb. 22, 2014

Blackwater Falls State Park’s sled run will host the annual Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race Feb. 22
Photo courtesy West Virginia Department of Commerce
Blackwater Falls State Park’s sled run will host the annual Duct Tape & Cardboard Sled Race Feb. 22.
DAVIS, W.Va. – For the second year, winter enthusiasts/duct tape engineers are invited to design and construct a person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled that can withstand the descent on the Blackwater Falls State Park Sled Run.

“In an era of high-tech and prefab equipment, we still rely on ingenuity, creativity, and the basic handyman tools duct tape and cardboard for some real winter fun,” said Blackwater Falls State Park Activities Coordinator Paulita Cousin.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 with the race starting at 11 a.m. The registration fee is $1. Three awards will be presented: “Tip Top” for most visually appealing sled, “Spirit” for the team demonstrating the most “for the fun of it” spirit, and “Speed” based on best downhill time.

“The sleds can only be constructed of corrugated cardboard and duct tape. No plastics or other materials are allowed,” said Cousin, who will inspect the sleds prior to the race.

All sleds must be free of safety hazards including sharp edges and pointy objects. To qualify as a finisher, participants must be on or in the sled when crossing the finish line. One of the rules is to maintain control of the Duct Tape and Cardboard contraption.

“Another guideline, and the most important, is to have fun,” Cousin said. “Observance of safety rules and guidelines keeps the activity safe for everyone involved.”

To pre-register, a race form is posted at the park website at [6]www.BlackwaterFalls.com. The race is open to children and adults. It will be held at the Blackwater Falls Sled Run, which is covered with natural snow. A conveyor system at the run makes access to the top of the mountain easier.

Additional information about the Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race is online at www.BlackwaterFalls.com under Events/Deals, or call 304-259-5216 or email blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov. To receive West Virginia state park updates via Facebook, click “Like” at www.facebook.com/wvstateparks.

Contact Information

Paulita Cousin, Activities Coordinator, Blackwater Falls State Park