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.

 June Wonderful WV celebrates sesquicentennial with all-photo “A Day in the Life” issue and release of new iPad version

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The June 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, celebrates its namesake’s 150th anniversary of statehood with a special “Day in the Life” issue featuring nearly 100 photos provided by readers. They were chosen by magazine staff from more than 5,000 entries submitted by nearly 1,000 photographers. The requirement was that each photo capture a moment of West Virginia life on a single day, September 15, 2012.

“As we began to look at the photographs, we were awed by their beauty and breadth,” said Clayton Spangler, the magazine’s photography editor. “Some photographers captured the ordinary goings-on of hometown life. For others, it seemed our request had become a personal quest, as they traveled the state from one end to the other in search of special images. In the end, there were far more outstanding ones than we had room for in this issue. Deciding which ones to publish was very difficult.”

The cover for this special issue was chosen by the public from among entries narrowed down to four by magazine staff. The winner is a delightful photograph of young cousins Drew and Lyla Davis, taken at 5:04 p.m. by their grandfather, Roger Davis of Parkersburg, at the Butcher Family Farm in Washington, Wood County.

Read Wonderful West Virginia on your iPad
As part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, Wonderful West Virginia will enter the digital world by becoming available in June in a version for the iPad. Subscriptions to the iPad version will be offered at an annual rate of $12 for 12 issues. Regular print subscriptions remain $18 for one year, or combined subscriptions for both versions are available for $20 per year.

“With so many people using tablets today, we think the iPad version of the magazine will be a popular addition to the print version,” said Bryan Hoffman, publisher of Wonderful West Virginia for the Division of Natural Resources. “Now the outstanding photography and articles that are the magazine’s hallmarks are just a touch away. Also, West Virginians who live out of the country can now subscribe. If the response to the iPad version is good, we will consider versions for other electronic platforms. Subscribers to the iPad version will receive the special June issue and the April and May issues, at no additional cost.”

Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the state’s premier full-color magazine of outdoor adventure, is published monthly by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. It is available at newsstands for $3 a copy, or by subscription by calling 1-800-225-5982 or online at www.wonderfulwv.com. Follow on Facebook at Wonderful West Virginia Magazine.

Contact Information

Bryan Hoffman, Publisher, Wonderful West Virginia