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.

 Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race at Blackwater Falls State Park February 23

DAVIS, W.Va. – Design and construct a person-powered, corrugated cardboard sled that can withstand the descent down the Blackwater Falls Sled Run during the Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race February 23. “In an era of high tech and prefab equipment, we’re relying on ingenuity, creativity, and the basic handyman tool duct tape and cardboard for winter fun,” said Blackwater Falls State Park Activities Coordinator Paulita Cousin.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, and the race starts at 11 a.m. There is $1 registration fee. Three awards will be presented: “Tip Top” for most visually appealing sled; “Spirit” for the team demonstrating the most “for the fun of it,” and “Speed” based on best downhill time.

The sleds can only be constructed of corrugated cardboard and duct tape. “No plastics or other materials allowed,” said Cousin, who will be the sled inspector prior to the race starting. All sleds must be free of safety hazards including sharp edges or pointy objects. To qualify as a finisher, participants must be on the sled or in the sled when crossing the finish line. Safety rules include the ability to maintain control of the duct tape and cardboard conveyance. “Another guideline and most important, is to have fun,” said Cousin.

The race is open to children and adults. The race will be held at the Blackwater Falls Sled Run, which is a natural snow slope.
Additional information about the Duct Tape and Cardboard Sled Race is online at www.BlackwaterFalls.com, Events/Deals, or call Blackwater Falls Nature Center at 304-259-4833, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or email blackwaterfallssp@wv.gov. A race registration form is also posted on the park website.

Contact Information

Paulita Cousin, Activities Coordinator, Blackwater Falls State Park