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.

 Eastern Panhandle offers colorful foliage, rest of West Virginia past peak

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With the exception of the state’s Eastern Panhandle counties and a few other scattered spots, state foresters report that the fall foliage season in West Virginia is quickly coming to an end.

Hickories and poplars are exhibiting stunning yellows and golden hues in Berkeley County. Foresters recommend visiting Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area to see these leaves plus the beautiful reds and purples of the white oaks.

Leaves in Jefferson and Morgan counties are reported to be equally beautiful. Foresters recommend a drive from Shepherdstown to Harpers Ferry along State Route 230 in Jefferson. In Morgan County, the recommended drive is State Route 9 between Berkeley Springs and Paw Paw.

Other recommendations to see limited color include driving along U.S. Route 220 through Pendleton County, taking U.S. Route 19 north from Weston to the Lewis County line and venturing along State Route 16 from Welch to Coalwood in McDowell County.

Foliage in most other areas of the state is reported to be past peak. Rain, wind and scattered frost have helped defoliate a good portion of West Virginia’s forests.

This is the final fall foliage report for 2011.

For more information about the Division of Forestry, visit www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater, Public Information Specialist
304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102