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.

 Holly River State Park Recovered (mostly) from Storm Damage

5/31/2013
HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - Holly River State Park has accomplished what many would have deemed impossible tasks following extensive damage from last fall’s winter storm. The campground is fully open, the cabins are available and were booked for Memorial Day weekend, and electricity and some of the phones are restored within a seven month time span under mostly winter conditions. Phone service has been restored to the park office.

Damage is still obvious from the late October storm that closed the Webster county destination. Trails are not open due to massive tree loss and debris conditions, and clearing is not anticipated to be completed for many months, perhaps years, according to Brad Reed, district administrator.

The swimming pool may open later in the summer. The park staff has cleared about two miles of trails leaving approximately 40 more miles of work in addition to opening the roadways, cabin and campground areas.

The electric service and communications service had to be totally rebuilt. The park office had operated from a remote park structure that had electricity since November. The terrain is mountainous and primarily a mature oak-hickory deciduous forest, compounding the difficulty in recovery.

Holly River Restaurant is open daily from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Marsha Jordan, office manager at Holly River, says cabins are booking for the summer and there is availability. "It's hard to believe that we're open. People didn't give up on us and continued to make reservations. It's good to be back."

To learn more about Holly River State Park, visit www.hollyriver.com

Contact Information

Brad Reed, District Administrator
304-558-2764
DNR.Parks@wv.gov