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.

 Governor Tomblin Announces Launch of Civil War GeoTrail

8/12/2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia's official geocaching enthusiast group, ExploreWV, is celebrating the Mountain State's 150th Birthday by launching the Civil War GeoTrail, the group's fourth geocache challenge. The kick-off event begins at 11 a.m. at Camp Virgil Tate on Saturday, August 10, 2013.

"This geocache challenge will provide a wonderful opportunity for West Virginians, young and old, to set out on a new adventure in our beautiful state and learn more about our history through interactive discovery," Gov. Tomblin said.

The Civil War GeoTrail will take geocachers to 75 of West Virginia's noted Civil War sites. Documentation will be required during the process and those who complete the trail will receive limited-edition, collectible geocaching coins that fit together to form West Virginia.

"We wanted to do something special to celebrate West Virginia's Sesquicentennial," said Robin Taylor, Program Director for ExploreWV. "By incorporating our historic Civil War locations into a geocaching trail, it allows for visitors to simultaneously experience every region in West Virginia - while educating them on our state's rich history."

Created in 2000, geocaching is an international outdoor phenomenon that combines elements of a traditional treasure hunt with high-tech Global Positioning Systems (GPS). Currently there are over two million geocaches worldwide and more than 5,000 geocaches in West Virginia.

ExploreWV launched their inaugural challenge, the WV Geocoin Challenge, in September 2010 and has since launched two additional challenges focusing on West Virginia's Main Streets and famous haunted locations. The Civil War GeoTrail will be the organization's fourth challenge, attracting people from across the country and around the globe to geocache in West Virginia.

The kick-off event for the Civil War GeoTrail is Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Camp Virgil Tate in Sissonville. The event will feature trail registration, family activities, entertainment, a Japanese Auction, and many local artisans and food vendors. A Civil War encampment will also take place. Basic registration is free and open to the public.

In addition to the main event, a Meet and Greet is scheduled for Friday, August 9, 2013, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. There will also be a site clean-up activity on Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Both events are located at Camp Virgil Tate and are free.

For more information on the Civil War Geo Trail, visit www.civilwargeotrail.wv.gov.  

Contact Information

Amy Shuler Goodwin
304-558-4977