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.

 Tygart Lake Lodge starts 2012 with year-round operations

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Tygart Lake State Park lodge and restaurant will no longer close during the winter and now will be a year-round operation. According to Paul Redford, a district administrator with the West Virginia State Parks system, the decision to keep the lodge and restaurant open at Tygart Lake is due to not only the popularity of the park restaurant operated by the Boston Beanery, but also because of the number of calls requesting rooms during the time it has been historically closed for the season.

“The restaurant’s success, as well as business we’ve turned away, warrants a two-year assessment for year-round operation,” Redford explained. “We think the positives far out-weigh any challenges that would arise with keeping the lodge open during the winter months. We’ll reassess the success of year-round operations in 2014. Beginning January 1, this will be the first time in memory that Tygart Lake Lodge and restaurant will be open for business winter and year-round. The park’s cabins and campground are open from mid-April and closed during the winter months.”

The Boston Beanery became the food service managers at Tygart Lake State Park Lodge in 2010. Featuring a wide variety of menu options not readily available in the Grafton area, the parking lot quickly yielded to an overflow parking situation that resulted in some unexpectedly positive growing-pains. Restaurant managers are not surprised at the immediate success. “We offer good food, great selections and a lake view that can’t be beat in our area,” said Ken Cole, CEO of the Boston Hospitality Group. They operate a number of restaurants under the name Boston Beanery in West Virginia as well as in Pennsylvania and Virginia.

A variety of winter activities and events are already planned. A New Year’s Eve Dinner/Dance December 31, 2011; and a February 11 Valentine Dinner/Dance both offer overnight packages. A Valentine Dinner and Evening is planned for February 14, 2012.

To learn more about Tygart Lake State Park or overnight lodge reservations, meeting or restaurant information, visit http://www.tygartlake.com/ or call 304-265-6144.

Contact Information

Ken Caplinger, Chief; Paul Redford, District Administrator or Brennon O’Sullivan, Supt.
304-558-1764 or 304-265-6144
dnr.parks@wv.gov or tygartlakeinfo@wv.gov