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.

 Hike to explore life along the Bluestone River July 5, 2014



National Park rangers and Pipestem Resort State Park Naturalist Julie McQuade invite hikers to explore life along the Bluestone River this holiday weekend. The Bluestone Walk and the Bluestone Turnpike Hike begin at Pipestem Resort State Park, offering special chances for in-depth looks at this waterway. Both hikes into the wilds of the Bluestone River Gorge will take place Saturday, July 5, 2014. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are useful tools to bring for these free activities.

Bluestone Walk
10 - 11:30 a.m.  Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway for a walk along the Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2 for the return tram ride to Canyon Rim Center. Please allow 10-15 minutes for your tram ride down to the river.

Bluestone Turnpike Hike
It’s a walk on the wild side through Bluestone National Scenic River exploring the beauty and diversity of this remote area from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway for a 10-mile trek. Hikers will travel with a National Park Ranger along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, which runs along the Bluestone River to Bluestone State Park. A free shuttle will be provided for the return trip to Pipestem State Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch and plenty of water. Reservations  are requested by calling 304-466-0417 at the National Park Service office or register at the Pipestem Resort State Park nature center.

Pipestem Nature Center
The nature center is open daily from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and features interpretative displays with a concentration on birding. The comfortable setting invites learning and relaxation. The building is accessible and ample parking is available. There is no fee to visit the nature center. Many of the park’s craft and nature programs are conducted at this area throughout the summer.

Additional activities scheduled at the nature center Saturday, July 5 include:
12:30 p.m. – “The Great Migration Challenge Game” is a learning challenge about birds that migrate from West Virginia. Players become the bird.

5 p.m. – “Reptiles and Amphibians” is an up-close and hands-on look at some of the different types of reptiles and amphibians found at Pipestem.
To learn more about Pipestem, nature hikes, accommodations and more daily activities, visit www.pipestemresort.com or call 304-466-1800.

Contact Information

Julie McQuade