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.

Employment

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.

 Free Beech Fork State Park Activities Provide Summer Fun in 2013

7/24/2013
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - A mix of lawn games, hiking, and water-oriented activities are offered weekly as part of a five-day schedule at Beech Fork State Park, located near Huntington and Barboursville. In addition to organizing nature and recreational activities, Beech Fork summer naturalist Jason Bryant also assist in the rental of pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, and row boats at the park. Organized activities are open to the public and free of charge.

Activities at Beech Fork State Park, July 24-28, 2013, include:

Wednesday, July 24
Corn hole and bocce ball sets at the boat docks. Bocce ball will start at 2 p.m. and corn hole at 4 p.m.

Thursday July 25
Meet at the dock for a Paddle Boat Race at 5 p.m. Each boat must have someone over 16 years of age on board. There will be FREE ice cream for the boat paddlers who come in first!

Friday July 26
Hayrides start at 6 p.m. at the Park Headquarters/Camper’s Corner. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday July 27
Lost Trail Hike begins at 1 p.m. at Moxley Branch campground bathhouse. Lost Trail is a great hike for those looking for a good workout or to learn about Beech Fork’s flora and fauna. This trail offers great views and is very diverse in its flora. Enjoy the opportunity to have a free guide through this trail that contains many switchbacks. Bring water and wear good footwear. The hike is about 3.5 miles.

Bocce ball and corn hole begins at 4 p.m.

Nature Trail Investigation begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camper’s Corner. This activity has participants look for insects. Naturalist Jason Bryant will have examination boxes to observe and catch insects, a favorite activity for the kids.
 
Fire building and marshmallow roast starts at 8 p.m. at the campfire circle near the Overlook Trail. Anyone interested in seeing how a fire can be built without the use of matches or a lighter? Naturalist Jason Bryant will be using a flint starter. He will have FREE marshmallows for roasting right after the fire is built.

Sunday July 28
The Mary Davis Trail Hike is a challenge for most hikers and contains many side trails. The weather is generally hot so dress appropriately, bring plenty of water, and plan to hike for about 4 ½ hrs. This trail has many inclines so good footwear is a must. The total trail length is about sevenmiles. The Mary Davis Trail Hike starts at 1 p.m. and departs from Moxley Branch Bathhouse.

For more information about Beech Fork State Park activities, swimming, and camping or cabin rentals, visit www.beechforksp.com or call 304-528-5794.

Contact Information

Matt Yeager, Supt., Beech Fork State Park
304-528-4794
beechforksp@wv.gov