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.

 Walk Between the Parks at Canaan Valley and Blackwater Falls State Parks, August 2



Walk Between the Parks is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, between Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park. The 8-mile, 4-hour scenic hike is considered moderately strenuous and takes hikers through a variety of settings including groves of Red Spruce, Eastern Hemlock and dense rhododendron thickets. Hikers will encounter wet and rocky terrain and are encouraged to wear hiking boots or cross-country walking shoes and carry their own water and snacks.
“This is a great opportunity to experience two wonderful West Virginia State Parks at their best,” said Recreation Manager David N. Vance. “We have a number of nature-oriented activities planned along the way and it’s a fun-filled day for everyone.”
Registration is required for this event and the fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 6-12. Registration is available online or in person Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Because of its popularity, pre-registration is recommended for this event. The registration fee includes an event memento and shuttle service from Canaan Valley Resort State Park.
Shuttle service leaves Canaan Valley Resort State Park at 9 a.m. to transport hikers to the starting point at Blackwater Falls State Park. The shuttle will return to Blackwater Falls State Park in the afternoon to return hikers originating from that location.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a four-season mountain destination and the highest mountain valley east of the Rocky Mountains, with a base elevation of 3,100 feet. Nestled among 6,000+ acres on a plateau overlooking the valley, the resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. The newly renovated Main Lodge boasts 160 new guest rooms and has recently been awarded a three-star rating by AAA. In addition to the lodge rooms, the resort offers 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites, and more than 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall, and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or for further information, call 800-622-4121.

Contact Information

Cary L. Sponaugle
(304) 866-4121