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.

 Holly River State Park closed for the year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Holly River State Park is closed for the year.

“Tropical Storm Sandy dropped several feet of snow on this Webster County vacation destination,” said Jim Schotsch, a project engineer with West Virginia’s state parks. Holly River remains without power, water, phone or Internet communication as of Monday, Nov. 5.

Approximately 95 percent of the electric lines are on the ground and more than 15 power poles snapped by downed trees and limbs lay under the heavy snowfall. Two transformers are smashed on the ground throughout the park. “The amount of trees on the ground is a phenomena. It’s almost unbelievable unless you see it for yourself,” Schotsch said.

Access to the park is open but the park facilities are not. “Fortunately, there was limited damage to buildings caused by falling trees and branches,” he said. DOH assisted with clearing a rock and mud slide that blocked the road to the cabin area. The slide occurred after a large tree on the slope above the road toppled at the roots. Clearing the access to the camping area has not started. A National Guard team, with a road grader and chain saws, is in the park and assisting clearing trees and snow from the park roads.

Contracting for power restoration will require assessment of damage and emergency purchase orders for repair work. Power lines at Holly River are owned by the park system. Schotsch is onsite assessing damages, along with Park Superintendent Ken McClintic, Assistant Superintendent Josh Hinchman, and others.

Cabin guests staying at Holly River prior to the storm were evacuated by Nov. 5. Cabin reservations for the remainder of this season, including Thanksgiving week, are canceled and guests are being contacted. All park employees have been accounted for. Until power is restored, the water reservoirs are depleted.

Holly River State Park is located in Webster County in Hacker Valley, W.Va. It is the second[largest park in acreage in the West Virginia park system with a total of 8,101 acres. Nestled in a narrow valley, the park is surrounded by heavily forested mountains, some reaching heights of over 2,800 feet.

To learn more about Holly River State Park, visit www.hollyriver.com For Holly River updates, email Jim Schotsch at James.G.Schotsch@wv.gov or Brad.R.Reed@wv.gov

Contact Information

Jim Schotsch; Josh Hinchman, Asst. Supt. Holly River State Park; or Brad Reed, District Administrator
(304) 637-0301
James.G.Schotsch@wv.gov, Joshua.D.Hinchman@wv.gov, or brad.r.reed@wv.gov