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.

 Friday the 13th Starts Lucky Weekend for W.Va. State Parks Fans

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Friday, April 13 finds a variety of events and activities at West Virginia’s state parks and forests, according to Ken Caplinger, Chief of West Virginia’s state park. “People will be hard pressed to discover a greater diversity of things to do this early spring weekend.”

In addition, many state parks and forests with cabins have a mid-week special discount in place until May 17. Campgrounds are open for camping on a first-come, first-served basis. For activities, facilities and recreation at West Virginia state parks and forests, visit www.wvstateparks.com.

Tygart Lake State Park Cabin Getaway

Although the lodge and restaurant are open year-round, the vacation cabins at Tygart Lake State Park open the weekend of April 13. Tygart Lake features 11 vacation units with modern design and equipped for housekeeping. The Boston Beanery is the food service at the 20-room lodge and attracts a large following from the surrounding counties. “The food is great and the atmosphere is wonderful,” said Park Superintendent Brennon O’Sullivan.

“Good Morning Glory” is a lodge package available through May 23. The package includes three nights at the park lodge, breakfast each morning, taxes and applicable gratuities. The cost is $240 for two people. Tygart Lake State Park is located in Taylor County near Grafton.

For Tygart Lake events and activities, visit www.tygartlake.com; 304-265-6144

Osbra Eye Memorial Walk at Kanawha State Forest

The annual spring wildflower walk at Kanawha State Forest April 14 promises woodland wonders as hike/walk leaders introduce attendees to spring buds and blooms. Registration begins at 8:30 – 9 a.m. at the swimming pool area. There is a $5 fee and includes options of several different walks including wildflower identification, beginning and advanced birding, and photography. For event information, visit www.kanawhastateforest.com or call 304-558-3500. The walk is open to the public. Refreshments are available for purchase. Registrants are eligible for door prizes.

Osbra Eye was Superintendent of Kanawha State Forest from March 2, 1956, until June 13, 1981. He was a self-taught naturalist, botanist, and photographer and was known as a wildflower expert. His photos of birds and wildflowers, along with related articles, appeared many times in the Wonderful West Virginia magazine. He collaborated with Margaret Denison, teacher and wildflower expert, in compiling a booklet on flowering plants in Kanawha State Forest, published in 1967.

Mr. Eye died July 18, 1992, and his family subsequently donated his personal specimens and slides to the University of Charleston. A herbarium is being planned there to display his collection. In 1993 the Forest Foundation chose to honor him by renaming the Spring Walks the Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Walks. This was to commemorate his esteemed contributions as a naturalist, photographer, and advocate for the forest.

Mountain Duathlon at Coopers Rock State Forest

Mountain Duathlon challenges competitors of all levels with a two-mile trail run, eight-mile mountain bike and a second two-mile trail run on Saturday, April 14. Registration is at Coopers Rock overlook pavilion at the far end of the main park road. The entry fee is $45. Participants must be 14 years of age or older to participate and the runs are open to anyone wanting to participate. Contact Nathan Kile, series director, 304-293-0851, or www.cpass.wu.edu/mass to learn about the WVU Lifetime Activities Program.

Photography Workshop at Twin Falls State Park

Professional photographers Steve Shaluta and Steve Rotsch guide participants through the different components of outdoor photography and conduct field trips to different areas at Twin Falls State the weekend of April 13.

Digital or film cameras users will find this weekend agenda covering an array of topics from equipment and composition to photography, natural light, people, action photography, digital imaging and computer software use.

The package price of $179 for one person includes two nights' lodging, workshop fee, full lunch on Saturday and Sunday and break refreshments. The workshop only price of $70 includes workshop fee, full lunch on Saturday and Sunday and break refreshments. Cabin rates and other package prices are available. This workshop has been offered annually for more than two decades and continues to attract novices and professionals. For photography workshop reservations, call 304-294-4000.
Twin Falls is located in Wyoming county between Pineville and Mullens. The park is known for the picturesque Pioneer Farm setting, sunset and horizon scenic shots, and waterfalls tucked into rhododendron-laden steams.

Contact Information

Ken Caplinger, Parks and Recreation Section Chief