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 starts the holiday spirit at West Virginia’s state parks

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Late November is the start of the holiday season, and in 2013, West Virginia state parks are getting ready.

“All of the lodge parks will be decorating for the season and encouraging families and friends to visit during these hectic times and enjoy some holiday relaxation and celebrations,” said Sissie Summers, state parks programming coordinator. “It’s a great time for family get-togethers or to just get away for a few days and enjoy some great food and warm fireplaces.”

During this time, West Virginia state parks will be offering various special events, discounts and promotions. Visit www.wvstateparks.com or call 1-800-CALL-WVA for more information about ways to make the holidays more enjoyable.

Special Events
Nov. 17, 2013
"Trees of Our Heritage" - A Sunday Open House at Blennerhassett State Park

This is the opening day of Trees of Our Heritage decoration. From 1 to 3 p.m. visit the museum, enjoy refreshments and entertainment. Trees are decorated to depict different cultures and countries. See delightful ornaments and history on each tree. Admission to the museum open house is $2. Contact: 304-420-4800

Nov. 18 – Dec. 22, 2013
"Trees of Our Heritage" - A holiday tradition at Blennerhassett State Park

"Trees of Our Heritage" are decorated to depict different cultures and countries and staged throughout the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. General museum admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children. The museum includes three floors of artifacts, antiques and art of historical interest. Contact: 304-420-4800

Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2013
Christmas In The Park at Chief Logan State Park

Enjoy the beautiful light displays as you drive throughout the park. Chief Logan State Park becomes a winter wonderland as the displays light up at dark and stay lighted until 10 p.m. No admission fee. Donations are accepted. Contact: 304-792-7125

Nov. 30, 2013
Wreath Workshop at Prickett's Fort State Park

An annual workshop hosted by the Marion County Master Gardeners allows participants to make holiday wreaths from a wide variety of fresh greens to take home. Contact: 304-363-3030

State Parks Seasonal Lodging Discounts

Tygart Lake State Park – Third Night Free 
Online Reservations only through Dec. 19, 2013

When visiting Tygart Lake State Park for a minimum of three nights, stay two consecutive nights in the lodge or cottages at normal rates and receive the third night free. Use discount code: “3RDNF.” Valid Sunday through Thursday nights only, through Dec. 19, 2013. To get this offer, book overnight reservations through the online system at www.wvstateparks.com, “Reserve Online.” Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Tygart Lake State Park – “Falling Prices” 
Online Reservations only through Dec. 23, 2013

As the mercury drops, so do the prices when booking overnight reservations through Tygart Lake’s online system. Enter discount code “Falling Prices” when making reservations online at www.wvstateparks.com and receive 25 percent off the standard rate after the first night at normal rates. This special code works only when booking a minimum of two consecutive nights at Tygart Lake lodge or cottages. Available seven days a week through Dec. 23, 2013. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Chief Logan Lodge – Second Night Free
Nov. 1 – Dec. 30, 2013

Buy one night, get the second consecutive night at no charge for any room type including suites, during the months of November and December. When calling, use this code/letters to get the discount: AUTM. No other discounts apply. Rate based on published rack rates.

North Bend State Park – Relaxing Stay Rate Package
Nov. 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014

Stay overnight at North Bend Lodge, enjoy dinner for two at North Bend Dining Room and take advantage of a $25 gift certificate at the park gift shop. This is a per-night rate available any nights except Nov. 24-29, 2013, Dec. 24 and 25, 2013, Dec. 31, 2013, and Feb. 14, 2014. Packaged rates subject to change without notice. The Relaxing Stay Rate is $125 based on double occupancy. Rate cannot be combined with other packages, discounts or other rate specials or promotions. “Relaxing Stay” rate includes taxes and gratuities on lodging and dinner. Reservations available at 304-643-2931

Blackwater Falls State Park Lodge Outdoor Adventure Discount
Nov. 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Enjoy a 33 percent discount off regular rates for a two-night minimum or additional consecutive nights, lodging Sunday through Thursday. Stay at Blackwater Falls Lodge and enjoy prime outdoor recreation in the heart of the Appalachian Mountain range. Take advantage of unique hiking, biking, shopping, and dining opportunities in the area, just rest and relax in West Virginia's premier mountain vacationland, Blackwater Falls State Park. Not valid with other discounts, does not apply to group functions/reservations. Subject to availability. Excludes holidays and holiday weekends. Use Internet Promo Code BWFA if making reservations online. When calling 304-259-5216 for reservations, please request Outdoor Adventure Package.

North Bend State Park – Christmas in the Country
Dec. 24 or 25, 2013

Reserve early to spend Christmas at North Bend State Park Lodge and feast on a Christmas buffet. Enjoy an overnight stay Dec. 24 or 25 at the North Bend Lodge, the Christmas Buffet meal Dec. 25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., and then relax in the lobby by the fireplace and enjoy the Christmas decorations. Package rate: $99 per couple. Includes taxes and gratuities. North Bend State Park’s gift is a 20 percent discount for additional nights. Reservations available at 304-643-2931.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, State Parks Programming Coordinator