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.

 WV Division of Natural Resources Offers October State Parks Discounts

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Fall foliage is an invitation to visit West Virginia, and the State Parks and Recreation Section of the state Division of Natural Resources is extending that invitation with a number of October discounts.
State parks and forests generally recognize an increase in day visitors as well as overnight guests in higher elevations from mid-September through October due to fall colors.

“As a West Virginia native it is hard to imagine not having trees, river and streams seemingly at the doorstep, but to many park guests those are the very aspects of West Virginia that are impressive any time of the year, especially in fall,” said Parks Programming Coordinator Sissie Summers. “Visitors are wide-eyed at the changing colors that pop from a hillside or valley. It is a naturally occurring, special event."

Visitor who chose mountains as a vacation destination find West Virginia appealing. "There are generally some rooms and cabins open for last minute weekend reservations, but for the most part, parks are busier on weekends. It's the nature of travel," Summers said. “Sundays through Thursdays are becoming more popular travel days in October. Parks such as North Bend and Blackwater Falls offer adjusted rates for mid-week travelers in autumn, and Chief Logan Lodge offers a discount all week through the end of the year.

Autumn Mid-week Discounts 

North Bend State Park
October 2013 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
$64 room rate offer

Like West Virginia autumn leaves, already-great getaway prices are falling at North Bend in October. Forested terrain rewards visitors with great fall colors. North Bend Rail Trail is nearby for hiking and bike riding. The 305-acre North Bend Lake is quiet and a perfect setting to enjoy a fall travel getaway. When calling for reservations at North Bend Lodge for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday night(s) in October 2013, please mention “great rates” to get a great room rate of $64 

Blackwater Falls State Park
Oct. 21 – Nov. 14, 2013

Stay two or more nights, Monday through Thursday, at Blackwater Falls’ lodge or cabins and get 50 percent off standard rental rates. Offer cannot be combined with other discounts or rate packages. Ask for the Fall Festival rate. 

Chief Logan Lodge

We’re celebrating West Virginia’s 150th birthday. Get $18.63 off the standard rate on all room types through Dec. 27, 2013. No code needed, but you should ask for the State Birthday Rate Reductions. Happy Birthday West Virginia!

Chief Logan Lodge also has fall and winter lodge room discounts. Ask for the “Autumn Leaves” and the “Mercury Dropping” options November through March.

Whether it is a day trip or to stay overnight in a lodge room, cabin or campsite, visitors tend to wait a little closer to the date and watch weather patterns.

"October is always a great travel month," said Rob Gilligan, superintendent at Blackwater Falls State Park. “Depending upon the weather, we host 'leaf peepers' from mid- to late-September through most of October.”
Blackwater Falls and all lodges, and lodge parks with cabins, offer online reservation services. Discounts are available when making online reservations. Cabin rentals also are available at traditional parks when making phone reservations: Bluestone, Holly River, Lost River, Babcock, Beech Fork and Watoga state parks; and at Cabwaylingo, Kumbrabow, Greenbrier and Seneca state forests. Online or phone reservations are offered at Cass Scenic Railroad, Blackwater Falls, Cacapon, Canaan Valley, Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem, Stonewall, Twin Falls and Tygart Lake state parks.

West Virginia state parks and forests are beautiful and inviting all year long. Information about West Virginia's state parks is online at www.wvstateparks.com or call 800-CALL-WVA and ask for a general brochure featuring all state parks and forests in West Virginia.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, State Parks and Recreation Section