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.

 Hawks Nest Winter Evenings Are Diverse in 2014

ANSTED, W.Va. - Three special evenings are featured in January and February at Hawks Nest State Park that offer diverse entertainment: magic and comedy, historic presentation and country music.

“The evenings include dinner and a show with the option of staying at Hawks Nest Lodge,” said Renee Harper, group services coordinator. Hawks Nest State Park is located in Ansted in Fayette County. The park’s dining rooms and restaurant overlook the New River Gorge.

The dinner and show cost is $54.25 per person including taxes and gratuities. An overnight package includes accommodations at Hawks Nest Lodge, express breakfast for two and a discount program in the park gift shop. The overnight plan is $172.05 total cost for two and includes taxes and gratuities. For reservations or additional information, call Hawks Nest State Park at 304-658-5212 or email hawksnestsp@wv.gov.

Special evenings at Hawks Nest include:

The Magic of Dewayne Hill – Jan. 18
Comedian/magician Dewayne Hill performs Saturday, Jan.18, 2014. His hourlong program is a Vegas-quality act. He is a master of comedy magic and his comedy routine is appropriate for families. Hill strolls during the dinner hour and engages his audience with magic and humor. The dinner and magic/comedy show is staged in Hawks Nest Restaurant.

Carter G. Woodson Remembered – Feb. 1
Local poet Norman Jordan will present a dynamic performance as Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Woodson spent his young adult years in West Virginia as a railroad worker, coal miner, teacher, principal and professor. Jordan delivers a performance about what brought Mr. Woodson to Fayette County and the New River Gorge. Jordan transitions from Carter Woodson the coal miner to Carter Woodson the Harvard University Ph.D graduate. (Note: Woodson is featured in the February 2014 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale.) Jordan recently released a book of poetry, “Sing Me Different.”

Jordan, co-founder and director of the African-American Heritage Family Tree Museum, was the recipient of a Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Award, issued by the Martin Luther King Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission.

Hawks Nest Goes Country with Cody Wickline – Feb. 8
Country music artist Cody Wickline performs at Hawks Nest Feb. 8, 2014. Cody was recently featured in the West Virginia State Journal as a rising country singer, which quotes Nashville producer Dick McVey as stating “Wickline is getting noticed in the music industry.” Wickline is accompanied by Krista Hughes. Both Wickline and Hughes have won local Texaco Country Music Showdown contests in recent years.

To learn more about Hawks Nest State Park visit http://www.hawksnestsp.com/ or call 304-658-5212 for reservations.

Contact Information

Renee Harper