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.

 State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger Receives West Virginia Tourism's Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award

DAVIS, W.Va. - West Virginia State Parks Chief Kenneth K. Caplinger II was awarded the West Virginia Division of Tourism’s highest honor, The Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 2013 Governor's Conference on Tourism. The annual conference host was Canaan Valley State Park Oct. 28-30, 2013.

Frank Jezioro Director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, made the presentation on behalf of the West Virginia Tourism Commission and Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver. Jezioro said, “To be a leader it takes vision, dedication and above all, understanding of the business and product; our product being tourism, travel and outdoor experience that spans generations. Ken's career and life in state parks has been a 35 year journey and West Virginia has a nationally recognized state park system and much of it is because of his leadership.

“He is steadfast is the park systems’ mission statement: to ‘promote conservation by preserving and protecting natural areas of unique or exceptional scenic, scientific, cultural, archaeological, or historical significance and to provide outdoor recreational opportunities for the citizens of this state and its visitors.’ This mission statement, embodied in state law, has been the guiding principal for operating the West Virginia State Park system since its inception in the late 1920s,” Jezioro said while presenting the award to Caplinger. “You’ll find no one more deserving of this recognition than Ken Caplinger, Chief of West Virginia's State Park system, our 2013 West Virginia Tourism’s Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award recipient."

The Oshel Craigo Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed upon the best of the best in West Virginia’s tourism industry. Persons nominated for this award must have demonstrated continued and long term leadership, benevolence or contributions to the growth and success of the entire state’s tourism industry. This person is the epitome of the state’s success.

Caplinger started in the West Virginia state parks system as assistant superintendent at Watoga State Park in 1979. He later served as assistant superintendent and superintendent at Pipestem Resort State Park. He was promoted to deputy parks chief, then chief of operations. He served two stints as acting state parks chief -- from 2000 to 2001, and 2006 to 2008. Since 2008 he has served as state parks chief.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, State Parks Programming Coordinator