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.

 New Sporting Clays Facility Opening at Canaan Valley Resort

DAVIS, W.Va. – A new sporting clays five stand clay target field is set to open in West Virginia at Canaan Valley Resort State Park during Memorial Day weekend.

“The sport of trap shooting is popular and this provides another outdoor activity that visitors and guests at Canaan Valley Resort can enjoy,” said Frank Jezioro, director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. This event is open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to shoot and experience sporting clays. The shooting field is located in the Canaan Valley Tube Park area. The location creates a multi-use complex that can be enjoyed seasonally for two different recreational uses. The area is also adjacent to the Canaan Valley Resort Ski area.

The ceremony will be conducted at the clays field. Refreshments will follow at the “warming hut” used in winter season for tube park rentals and during the warm season for sporting clays. Attendees are encouraged to call Lisa Ratliff at 304-866-4121 ext. 92680 if planning to attend so refreshments and field equipment can be prepared, or email dnr.parks@wv.gov, subject line: Sporting Clays.

About Canaan Valley Sporting Clays
The Canaan Valley shooting facility is a five stand, clay target field. Shooters fire five rounds from a shotgun from each shooting position for a total 25 shots in an individual round. The trap can be set for an easy repetitive bird flight path for beginning shooters, or on automatic/wobble for more advanced shooters. The launcher fires birds (clay discs) in a variety of angles and heights. The trap resets itself automatically after each shot so the shooter is never sure which flight path the bird will take.

Canaan Valley State Park is accessed from State Route 32. The GPS Coordinates are North 39 degrees 01.450′ • West 079 degrees 27.889′ To learn more about Canaan Valley Resort, accommodations, camping, golf, and four-season outdoor recreation in Tucker County, W.Va., visit www.canaanresort.com.

Contact Information

Lisa Ratliff, Group Services, Canaan Valley Resort or Robert Gilligan, Park Superintendent