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.

 November Wonderful West Virginia magazine features 1893 World’s Fair, Glass Factories, Nelson Rocks Climb and Fairydiddles

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The November 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, looks at the West Virginia connection to the first World’s Fair in 1893, climbing cliffs at Nelson Rocks, the background of that tiny squirrel some call “fairydiddles” and a review of the four remaining hot glass factories in the state. The cover shows a variety of colorfully exquisite glass objects created in West Virginia.

World’s Fair Wonder
The first World’s Fair, held in Chicago in 1983, exhibited many global wonders, among them natural resources from West Virginia that were “paramount amidst the world’s greatest collection“ and “second to none.”

I Came, I Climbed, I Conquered
Veteran outdoors recreationist David Kurtz explains how he worked up the nerve to navigate the Via Ferrata rock climbing course at Nelson Rocks and reaped the personal rewards of doing so.

Woodland Sprite
Be it charming or pesky, this quick little creature is the stuff of Mountain State myths and legends. If you travel in the eastern mountains, you’re bound to cross paths with a fairydiddle.

Factory-Made Magic
Of the hundreds of hot glass factories that dotted West Virginia over the past two centuries, only four remain. Writer Dean Six looks at the artful products and operations of those glass industry mainstays.

Wonderful West Virginia magazine, the state’s premier full-color magazine of history and 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.

A one-year subscription to the print version is $18 or two years for $36. It also is available for the iPad at an annual rate of $12 for 12 issues. Combined subscriptions for both print and iPad versions are available for $20 for 12 issues. Gift subscriptions also are available.

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Contact Information

Bryan Hoffman, Publisher, Wonderful West Virginia