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.

 January Outdoor Finery and Indoor Stay-ability at West Virginia's State Parks

1/13/2014
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Whether the natural elements are cold or moderate, many state parks in West Virginia are open for a trip-away option at lodges, cabins and even some campgrounds. January lodging and camping discounts are being offered at some facilities. “Visits in winter months to parks are great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the comfort that rooms, cabins and restaurants offer,” said Emily Fleming, interim state parks chief and assistant to the director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. January overnight and recreational opportunities at West Virginia’s state parks include:
WV50 - $50 per night lodging rate
WV50 offers a reduced room rate of $50 per night at seven lodges in January. It is available through the online reservation program or by calling any of these parks and asking for WV50. Participating state parks include Twin Falls, Pipestem, North Bend, Hawks Nest, Cacapon, Chief Logan and Tygart Lake. Customers affected by the current water outages in parts of West Virginia have been calling these parks for overnight accommodations and taking advantage of the WV50 discount.
Camping
Camping is primarily a spring-through-fall recreational pursuit, but winter camping is an option at Beech Fork State Park. Full hookup sites are open when campers heat-tape or properly insulate the camper waterlines. Full hookup includes water, electricity and sewer. Rates are $33 for full hook up. Beech Fork State Park is extending a half price campsite rental rate to campers who are affected by the water outages during the state of emergency in nine West Virginia counties.
Cabin and Lodge Discounts at State Parks
Blackwater Falls cabin in winter
Blackwater Falls has a Stay-and-Play rate for mid-week visitors.
State Parks cabins are open all year and some offer attractive winter rates. Parks with cabins open year-round are Beech Fork, Blackwater Falls, Bluestone, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Cass Scenic Railroad (houses), Lost River, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall, Twin Falls and Watoga.
  • Beech Fork State Park’s Wildlife Watchers cabin special is offered from Nov. 1 through March 31. Guests can rent two nights, save 20 percent off the published rates and stay the third consecutive night at no charge.
  • Blackwater Falls State Park, near Canaan Valley Resort and ski/tubing area, has a Stay-and-Play rate for mid-week visitors. The cabin rental rate for the north- or south-side cabins is 20 percent off mid-week through March 17, 2014.
  • Bluestone State Park has a Vortex Rate of 20 percent off winter rates at the park’s cabins through January. Call Bluestone State Park at 304-466-2805.
  • Watoga State Park has offered a “Watoga Winter” rate for several years. “We also call it the Three Dog Night rate,” said Kelly Smith, assistant superintendent. “It is very popular with folks looking for rest and quiet.” Guests staying three nights Sunday through Thursday get a 50 percent off rate. The cabins at Watoga are equipped for cooking and include linens. www.watoga.com
  • Twin Falls and Pipestem Resort have long-standing Sunday-through-Monday lodge specials from January through March. “Sunday/Monday” or “Crackerjack” is 50 percent off room rates at either park lodge. The rate encourages winter visitation on typically less busy days, through March 31, at a reduced rate.
For events, accommodations and activities at West Virginia’s state parks, visit www.wvstateparks.com. The state park system also sends infrequent email to individuals subscribing to the newsletter. To subscribe, visit the website and click Join Our Newsletter. Also, you can become a friend or follow West Virginia state parks and forests to get current news and information on Facebook and Twitter at WVStateParks.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers
304-558-2764
Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov