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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

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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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 End of April 2014 Events at West Virginia’s State Parks

4/18/2014
Many spring blooming wildflowers, such as this Blue-eyed Mary, may be found at weekend hikes in West Virginia’s state parks.
Photo by Ralph McNeeley, taken at Chief Logan State Park.
Many spring blooming wildflowers, such as this Blue-eyed Mary, may be found at weekend hikes in West Virginia’s state parks.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring wildflower walks and volunteer days at many of West Virginia’s state parks are planned as April’s quirky weather yields to the merry month of May. Campgrounds are open and events and activities are increasing as summer approaches.

Wildflower Walks April 26
The 31st annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike will begin April 26 at 9:30 – 10 a.m. at Chief Logan State Park. The free event, sponsored by the Hemlock Hills Garden Club, Museum in the Park and WVDNR/Parks and Recreation, is for individuals ages four and older. A continental breakfast will be available at 9 a.m. Pre-register by calling Patsy Tilley, 304-583-2026. Additional information is posted on www.chiefloganstatepark.com. Hikers who want to stay overnight may call Chief Logan Lodge at 304-866-6100 and ask for the “wildflower” rate.

The Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Hikes at Kanawha State Forest April 26 begin at 9 a.m. at the swimming pool area. There are multiple hikes to select from. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Participation fees are $5 for adults and $2 for students younger than 16. Hot dogs, soft drinks, and cookies will be for sale by the Kanawha State Forest Foundation. Door prizes are part of this event. Participants should wear appropriate shoes or boots. To learn more about Kanawha State Forest, visit www.kanawhastateforest.com or call 304-558-3500.

Birding Walk April 26
The second of three free morning bird walks at Prickett’s Fort State Park begins April 26 at 8 a.m. Prickett's Fort’s location near water, fields and woodland margins is the ideal location for observation of spring migratory species. The third birding program is May 3. For more information, visit www.prickettsfortstatepark.com or call 304-363-3030.

Cleanup Days April 26
The Annual Volunteer Trail Cleanup Day April 26 at Cacapon State Park is organized by the park naturalist and staff and the Cacapon State Park Foundation. Volunteers will help re-blaze the trails, trim back limbs and briars and move other obstructions such as downed trees and branches. Anyone interested in helping should meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. for the 4-hour event. For more information, visit www.cacaponresort.com or call 304-258-1022.

It's Spring Cleanup Day April 26 at Hawks Nest State Park. Meet at the Midland Trail Shelter at 9 a.m. for a fun day outdoors cleaning up the park for spring. This workday is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with lunch provided. Pre-registration deadline is April 22. To pre-register, call Hawks Nest State Park office at 304-658-5196, email hawksnestsp@wv.gov or visit www.hawksnestsp.com.  

Irish Road Bowling April 26 and 27
Irish Road Bowling returns to Pipestem Resort State Park April 26 and 27. Pipestem offers magnificent views of Appalachian spring colors in southern West Virginia and has one of the state's best bowling roads. Kevin Smith with the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association is the organizer and welcomes avid road bowlers or anyone interested in learning this outdoor sport.

To learn more about Pipestem Resort, visit www.pipestemresort.com. For room reservations at Pipestem’s McKeever Lodge, call 304-466-1800. To register or inquire about Irish Road Bowling times, call Kevin Smith at 304-228-7928.
Other Irish Road Bowling dates at West Virginia’s state parks in 2014 include: May 10 – Kanawha State Forest; June 14 – Blackwater Falls State Park; June 15 – Canaan Valley Resort; July 19 – Cacapon Resort State Park (Morgan County Fair); October 11 – Holly River State Park; and October 25 – Chief Logan State Park. Find out more about the sport and other events at http://www.wvirb.org/.

Lunar Cycle April 26

The Lunar Cycle is mountain biking at night at Watters Smith Memorial State Park April 26. Pre-registration is required for this 9 p.m.-to-midnight adventure. Park Superintendent Andy Bennett will meet with participants for a safety check and ride discussion. Refreshments including moon pies are part of the evening. Riders must have appropriate safety and lighting gear. To register, call 304-745-3081.
Other events planned and conducted by Bennett at Watters Smith State Park include: Spring Bird Walk, May 10; National Trails Day “Nature by Night Hike,” June 7; and Moth Night, July 26. Learn more about Watters Smith State Park at www.watterssmithstatepark.com.

Brush Creek Falls Hike at Pipestem State Park April 27

Falls & Flowers: Nature of Brush Creek Hike at Pipestem State Park April 27 offers a free trip to one of the area’s best-known waterfalls, Brush Creek Falls. Participants will caravan to the falls from the Pipestem Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. for the two-hour event. The park’s nature center hours are 12:30-4:30 p.m. A daily activities list is posted on http://www.pipestemresort.com/. For additional hike and activity information, call 304-466-1800.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, Parks and Recreation Section
304-558-2764
Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov