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.

 Lights On at Holly River State Park

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. – Largely without power since Superstorm Sandy hit October. 29, 2012, Holly River State Park in Webster County now has full electrical service restored. Park Supt. Ken McClintic is hopeful that both the campground and cabins can be reopened by May 3.

During the restoration efforts, operations were maintained out of an isolated structure on the park property that still had enough power to handle telephone calls and emails from the public regarding park conditions and reservations.

Tri-County Electric was mobilized under an emergency purchase order to rebuild the entire electrical system at Holly River. New power lines were buried instead of strung on poles above ground.

“Restoration of power to the entire park is now complete,” said Brad Reed, district administrator for the West Virginia State Parks system. “It is great news for Holly River staff and engineering section employees who continue to work on clean-up and recovery as well as for the many Holly River patrons.”
Telephone service is not restored at this time. Park contact is still limited to one phone at the temporary office. Email is the best way to contact Holly River. That address is hollyriversp@wv.gov.
The park also has been dealing with the challenge of removing fallen trees, brush and other debris from public areas such as the campground, trails and streams. Davey Tree Service is under contract to assist with these services at both Holly River and Audra State Parks. Muddlety Trading Company is working on stream cleanup.

Reed says cleanup of park grounds and trails will be ongoing through much of the summer into fall. Visitors to both Holly River and Audra state parks must be cautious and observant when hiking. “It will be months, perhaps years, before the trail system regains pre-October 29 conditions,” Reed said.

“There has been an outpouring of concern and understanding from both in- and out-of-state patrons,” McClintic said. “We are humbled by how much this park means to so many people. The work had some setback with the hard winter and additional freezing snow in late March, but the staff has worked diligently to get the park open for the upcoming season. We’re making progress”

Recovery efforts have delayed trout stocking of Laurel Fork at the park. For trout stocking updates, visit www.wvdnr.gov.

For information about Holly River State Park, visit www.hollyriver.com or email hollyriversp@wv.gov.

Contact Information

Brad Reed or Ken McClintic
Brad.R.Reed@wv.gov or hollyriversp@wv.gov