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 provide public service opportunities for the Governor’s Day to Serve Initiative

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Throughout the next two weeks, West Virginia state parks will offer opportunities for residents and visitors to take part in the Day to Serve initiative. Last month, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked all West Virginians to volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29. This is the second year West Virginia has been part of a regional effort to strengthen communities through volunteer service.

“This is a chance for people to lend a hand with state parks projects and to help others in need,” said West Virginia State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger. “As a whole, the state park system is a public service that enhances our quality of life through outdoor recreation, preservation and public service.”

Opportunities to serve at state parks between now and Sept. 29 include:

• Sept. 16-29 – Beech Fork State Park will accept donations of new and clean, gently used bath towels and wash cloths and take them to the Huntington City Mission.

• Sept. 20 - Clean Up Cacapon Lake at Cacapon Resort State Park: volunteers will clean up trash and do general maintenance around the lake.

• Sept. 21 - Cacapon Resort State Park: Restore the Piney Ridge Trail with volunteers helping record missing interpretative data from the trail as well as clean up. 

• Sept. 21 - Blackwater Falls State Park will sponsor its Trail Monitoring & Litter Patrol. Volunteers will receive park maps, trail assignments and equipment for gathering and disposing of trash along the park’s trails. They also will identify trail needs for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

• Sept. 26 – Blackwater Falls State Park will sponsor its Litter Patrol. Volunteers will clean up litter around Pendleton Lake and in the picnic areas and clean grills. Small trash bags and rubber gloves supplied.

• Sept. 28 – Biking Skills Course Maintenance Day: Twin Falls State Park will be offering opportunities for volunteers to build or maintain mountain biking trails.

For more information about Day to Serve in West Virginia, visit governor.wv.gov.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, West Virginia State Parks