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.

 October Wonderful West Virginia magazine features Tree Champions, Heston Farm Winery, and The Nature

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The October 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, helps make the transition to fall with looks at big trees, a local winery, a short history of Marion County, the golden anniversary of the conservation efforts of The Nature Conservancy in the Mountain State, and a profile of well-known outdoors biologist Rodney Bartgis. The cover shows living history interpreter Judy Wilson demonstrating weaving techniques at Prickett’s Fort State Park. This issue’s photo gallery features dramatic water scenes by Brent McGuirt. Articles include:

Tree Champions of West Virginia
They’re tall. They’re wide. They’re magnificent! Meet the members of West Virginia’s Big Tree Register, gentle giants that reside on private and public land across our state.

Sweet Success: Heston Farm Winery
Mickey and Julie Heston never imagined their little winery would turn into one of Fairmont’s most popular gathering places for fine dining, music and family fun. At Heston Farm, wine and success are sweet.

History Hotspot: Marion County
From pioneer Jacob Prickett to Gov. Francis Pierpont, this north-central county boats a fascinating history.

A Golden Anniversary: The Nature Conservancy in West Virginia Part 2
More special areas are highlighted that exemplify TNC’s commitment to preserving nature.

An interview with Rodney Bartgis
This esteemed biologist and conservationist, who now heads up the West Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, shares the origin of his love of nature, his sustainable lifestyle, and his goals for conservation in the state.

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