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.

 Pick the cover for special issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s time to vote again in West Virginia, not for a candidate, but for the cover of a special issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine. The June 2013 issue, in conjunction with West Virginia’s sesquicentennial celebration, will feature dozens of photographs submitted by readers for a “Day in the Life of West Virginia” issue. From those photographs, four have been chosen by magazine staff as potential covers for the issue. The public is encouraged to pick a favorite and vote on the final choice.

The cover finalists were chosen from among nearly 5,000 photographs submitted by about 1,000 people who participated in the magazine’s planned photographic tribute, “A Day in the Life of West Virginia.” On Sept. 15, 2012, the public was asked to take photographs across the state at different times of the day depicting the people, events and places that make the state special. The best will be published in the June 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia. It will be the first all-photograph issue of the magazine in more than 25 years.

“The idea started as a photo contest because we were trying to develop ideas that would encourage involvement by the general public,” said Wonderful West Virginia publisher Bryan Hoffman, Chief of Administration for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which publishes the monthly full-color magazine. “Someone said we had done something similar in the mid-1980s that was very successful. We looked up that issue and decided to go with the ‘Day in the Life of West Virginia’ idea because it was the state’s 150th anniversary. We had so many great pictures submitted that we couldn’t decide on just one for the cover, so we’re asking for help from our readers and the public.”

Votes can be cast on the newly redesigned Wonderful West Virginia magazine Web page at www.wonderfulwv.com. The cover choices include two children sitting outside on a wooden chair, a large flock of chickens in a rural setting, two backpackers with their dog on a country trail, and a group of colorful West Virginia-grown vegetables. The voting will end March 8, 2013.

Wonderful West Virginia is the state's premier showpiece magazine and is published monthly by the Division of Natural Resources. Wonderful West Virginia showcases "the best of West Virginia" with breath-taking photographs and intriguing articles about nature, state history, recreation, art, and interesting people. It is available at most magazine outlets and by subscription. Subscriptions are one year for $18 or two years for $36. Gift subscriptions also are available. Call 1-800-CALL-WVA or subscribe online at www.wonderfulwv.com.

Contact Information

Bryan Hoffman, Wonderful West Virginia magazine