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.

 "Times Change" - West Virginia State Parks Cabin Reservation Policy Changes for Remainder of Summer

7/22/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For the rest of this summer, visitors may reserve cabins at West Virginia’s state parks for a shorter-than-normal time period. Effective now through Labor Day weekend, the West Virginia State Parks system is reducing the minimum advance cabin reservation requirements from a week to only a two-night minimum at all parks with cabins. While many parks’ cabins are booked for the remainder of the summer into Labor Day weekend, several areas have openings on weekends in July and August, as well as mid-week.

Parks and forests participating in the “Times Change” cabin rental night program include: Babcock, Beech Fork, Blackwater FallsBluestone state parks, Cabwaylingo State Forest, Cacapon ResortCass Scenic Railroad state parks, Greenbrier State Forest, Lost River, North BendPipestem Resort state parks, Seneca State Forest, Twin Falls ResortTygart Lake and Watoga state parks.

“Times change and we’ve been seeing changes in how far ahead folks make cabin reservations and also a greater interest in shorter term rentals as opposed to weekly reservations, which was the custom for decades,” Caplinger said. “Over the past several years, the park system has liberalized summer cabin rental policies with many areas offering three or four night reservation options during summer as opposed to a weeklong minimum. For the rest of this summer, however, we’re taking it yet another step. We’re reducing the minimum required number of advance cabin reservation nights to two, which should benefit folks looking to get back to nature before summer’s end but for a shorter period of time.”

Looking ahead past Labor Day, the park system always offers a mid-week cabin discount in September at several areas. Also, several parks offer an “Awesome August” cabin rate option to encourage late summer travel.
Learn more about West Virginia’s state parks and forests at www.wvstateparks.com.

Contact Information

Ken Caplinger, Chief of Parks and Recreation Section
304-558-2764
DNR.Parks@wv.gov