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.

Business

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.

Education

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.

Employment

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.

Family

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.

Health

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.

Tourism

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.

 September is for camping and cabin getaways at West Virginia’s state parks and forests

8/30/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With students returning to school, September finds weekends busy with sports and parks generally a little more relaxed for camping, a round of golf or a stay in a cabin.
 
“Fall foliage begins to turn in mid-September in higher elevations, and temperatures, particularly in evenings, are crisp and perfect for campfires or walks,” said Paulita Cousin, naturalist at Blackwater Falls State Park. Cousin has organized SeptemberFest Sept. 17-20, an event that takes advantage of mid-week opportunities at this Tucker County destination.

Parks state-wide encourage visitation and overnight consideration in September.

Cabin and Cottage September ideas

Receive 20 percent off two or more nights’ cabin rental Sunday-Thursday, Sept. 3-30. Parks and forests offering the September cabin discount include:
Cass Scenic Railroad: 304-456-4300
Blackwater Falls: 304-259-5216
Bluestone: 304-466-2805
Canaan Valley Resort: 304-866-4121
North Bend: 304-643-2931
Pipestem Resort: 304-466-1800
Seneca State Forest: 304-799-6213
Tygart Lake: 304-265-6144
Watoga: 304-799-4087
Twin Falls Resort: 304-294-4000 

Bluestone State Park also offers a “Boatin’ the Bluestone” rate package that includes pontoon boat use. Lost River State Park offers a “Retreat to Relax” rate package of three nights for the price of two in fall and winter.

Camping in September 
Camping rates for two or more nights are 50 percent off at the following park areas from Sept. 3-30. Sites are first-come, first-served and parks may offer a mid-week only discount option or any day options. Please ask for the “September Camping 50 Percent Rate Reduction.” There is no coupon or form needed to take advantage of the incentive to get outdoors and camp in September. A minimum of two consecutive nights is required. The discount cannot be combined with any other discounts or packages.

Sunday-Thursday nights extending 50 percent off include:
• Canaan Valley Resort
• North Bend State Park
• Watoga State Park

Any two or more consecutive nights, including weekends, is extended at:
• Moncove Lake State Park
• Kanawha State Forest
• Audra State Park
• Bluestone State Park
• Plum Orchard WMA
• Seneca State Forest
• Tygart Lake State Park
• Twin Falls Resort Park
• Pipestem Resort State Park

Information about cabins, camping, activities and events is maintained on the website http://www.wvstatepark.com/. Click “Find a Park” and use the online map or dropdown screen with park, forest and wildlife management area names.
 
State parks operated by the State of West Virginia do not collect an entrance fee. There are no fees to hike or bike, picnic or to access fishing waters as a licensed angler. Recreational activities such as golf, camping, miniature golf, aerial tram rides and other amenities generally are fee based with a reasonable user cost.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, West Virginia State Parks
304-558-2764
Sissie.A.Summers@wv.gov