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.

 Lights On at Blackwater Falls State Park

11/16/2012
Damage to the boardwalk and steps that access the state park’s namesake, Blackwater Falls, as a result of Storm Sandy.
Damage to the boardwalk and steps that access the state park’s namesake, Blackwater Falls, as a result of Storm Sandy.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After 18 days without power due to extensive damage from Storm Sandy, Blackwater Falls State Park has re-opened. “The lodge, restaurant and cabins will re-open on Friday, Nov. 16,” Park Superintendent Rob Gilligan said.

Gilligan extends his gratitude to park employees and the power company workers for their dedication and hard work to get the park electricity restored. “Now we have the longer term task of clearing trails, roads and other access areas from downed trees,” he said. Sandy dumped more than 30 inches of snow; snow is still present at the park almost three weeks later.

The 214 steps of the wooden boardwalk and vista platforms providing access to view the falls will remain closed. Several large trees destroyed sections and tree removal is required prior to the rebuilding of the boardwalk.

“It’s a mess at the Falls and a difficult site to work in,” Gilligan said. Damage is extensive. Due to the nature of the remaining cool temperatures and proximity to freezing water mist from the falls, a fully repaired boardwalk could be expected as late as next spring. Repair work depends on the upcoming winter weather conditions, according to Gilligan.

Rental of lodge rooms and cabins resumes Nov. 16. The restaurant that overlooks the Blackwater Falls gorge will be in operation. Activities at the park are resumed and are conducted at the park lodge.

For reservations and park information, call 304-259-5212 or visit www.blackwaterfalls.com.

Contact Information

Rob Gilligan, Blackwater Falls State Park Superintendent
304-259-5216
robert.w.gilligan@wv.gov