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.

 “New to Mountain Biking?” Workshops Featured at North Bend State Park in July and August

6/28/2013
CAIRO, W.Va. – Mountain Biking is a popular outdoor pursuit that anyone who rides a bicycle can master, and North Bend State Park is offering two summer weekend workshops to teach the skills needed.

“When I first learned to ride a bike it took a little help to get started,” said Ken Zebo, activities coordinator at this Ritchie County destination. “These weekends are designed as a ‘push’ to help beginners get comfortable with mountain biking as an outdoor activity.”

There are two summer weekend workshop planned: July 6-7, and August 3-4, 2013, at North Bend State Park and the North Bend Rail Trail.

The instructors are Kim Corman and her associates. Topics include evaluating your current bicycle, selecting appropriate gear and trails, knowing when to use your brakes, and when to change gears. The fee is $30 with some proceeds used for trail work at North Bend State Park. Each workshop offers the four courses.

Brief descriptions of the four workshop componets are: “Intro to Biking,” “Intro to Mountain Biking Skills,” “Beginning Mountain Bike Skills on the Trail,” and “Introduction to Trail Building.” Class times vary and there is ample time to enjoy other attractions at North Bend State Park over the weekend.

“It isn’t mandatory to attend all four activities during the weekend workshops, but for an overall immersion into mountain biking, it is recommended,” said Zebo.

To register for Mountain Biking Skills Weekends, call 304-643-2931 or email northbendsp@wv.gov. Accommodations are available in the park lodge, cabins or campsites as available. Mountain Biking Workshop info is also online at www.northbendsp.com, “Events.”

About Kim Coram, primary instructor
Kim Coram has been teaching outdoor recreation for more than 15 years. Selected as one of West Virginia’s top executives for her work in the field, Kim brings a wealth of knowledge, a variety of experience and a love for teaching. Kim is a member of the International Mountain Bike Association's Regional Leadership Advisory Council, Vice-President of the WV Mountain Bike Association, mountain bike representative on the Parkersburg Bicycle Advisory Board and currently working with West Virginia schools and other biking interests.

Contact Information

Ken Zebo
304-643-2931
northbendsp@wv.gov