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.

 School calendars and swimming opportunities adjusted at Tygart Lake and other West Virginia state parks

Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2014.Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.
Tygart Lake State Park’s beach swimming area will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1, 2014.
GRAFTON, West Virginia –With schools restarting for the year, swimming hours are changing at West Virginia’s state parks and forests, including the lake beach swimming area at Tygart Lake State Park.

Swimming pools at West Virginia’s state parks are traditionally open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends, but adjust operation hours to accommodate employees returning to school.

“Our lifeguards are high school and college students and, as school calendars change, we adjust accordingly,” said Tygart Lake State Park Acting Supt. Jim Browning.

The beach at Tygart Lake reopened this summer after being closed for several years for improvements and has been busy and popular. Tygart Lake’s beach will be open Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 1. The cost for beach swimming access is $4 for adults, $3 for youth.

“We are fortunate to have summer employees willing to return to work weekends after returning to school. They understand the recreational aspects of park operations and we appreciate their dedication,” Browning said.

Browning encourages individuals to consider beach lifeguarding at Tygart Lake for the 2015 season. To contact Browning regarding employment, lake or beach information, call 304-265-6144 or email tygartlakesp@wv.gov.

Contact Information

Jim Browning, Acting Supt.