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.

 Weekend Activities at West Virginia State Parks, July 19-21

7/19/2013
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A variety of activities and events are scheduled at many of West Virginia’s state parks and forests the weekend of July 19-20, 2013. From Gospel Music at Camp Creek State Park to the second of four memorial hikes at Droop Mountain in recognition of the 150th year of the battle at Droop Mountain and West Virginia’s statehood, there is something to do outside with little to no cost to enjoy. 

Carnifex Ferry State Park
July 19-21
Wise's Legion – Living History / Boot camp

“Wise’s Legion” is conducting a living history/boot camp at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield. This event’s goal is to educate the public about history and to recruit re-enactors while training new re-enactors. Details and outline of each day’s activities will post as available.
Contact: 304-897-5372 

Blennerhassett State Park
July 20
“History of Bathrooms ... From Ancient Times to the 21st Century”

The “History of Bathrooms ... From Ancient Times to the 21st Century” will be presented by Dr. Ray Swick, West Virginia State Park Historian, and is planned for 1 p.m. in the museum conference area. The collection of potties in the 2013 exhibit “Behind Closed Doors – American Bathrooms Through the Ages,” is on display at the Museum of Regional History through Dece. 31, 2013.
Contact: 304-420-4800 

Droop Mountain State Park
July 20
2nd & 3rd West Virginia Mounted Infantry Memorial Hike
Hike # 2 – July 22

2nd & 3rd West Virginia Mounted Infantry Memorial Hike. Start point will be near Hillsboro. This is a four-mile hike through some fields, but mostly privately owned woodland. The route is all uphill along a narrow ravine, at times very steep, with 800 feet in elevation change. It will involve negotiating a few large boulders, fallen trees and branches. No support vehicle will be provided; snacks, drinks, and personal items will have to be carried by hikers. Restrooms available at park at the end of the hike; otherwise relief relies on 1800s protocol. This will be a moderate to difficult hike and is expected to take three to four hours. Limited to 25 participants in good condition. Preregistration is required and necessary. Assemble at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park office at 8 a.m. sharp.
Contact: 304-653-4254 
Pre-registration Form for Hike #2 

Camp Creek State Park
July 20
Gospel Music Celebration

From 1 to 6 p.m., enjoy music by Render the Hearts, Robin Hatcher, The Hatfield Family, Rick Lilly, Heaven's Harmony and Alaskan Sun. There is no admission fee. Concessions available. Bring a chair or seat.
Contact: 304-425-9481 
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Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
July 20
Heisler/Old Spruce Run

A special run to Old Spruce departs at 10:30 a.m. with Heisler #6 working the rails. This locomotive was built in 1929 for the Bostonia Coal and Clay Products Company of New Bethlehem, Pa., as their #20, and is Heisler #6 today at Cass Scenic Railroad. She’s a standard class C-90 3 truck Heisler. Daily train trips to Whittaker Station and Bald Knob are also scheduled.
Contact: 304-456-4300 

Cacapon Resort State Park
July 20
Irish Road Bowling

Enjoy an afternoon walk (and bowl) on the scenic roads of Cacapon State Park and share in the excitement of this ancient game of Irish Road Bowling. This sport is similar to fast-pitch softball and bowling but using a 28-ounce steel ball. Come and enjoy the fun!
Contact: 304-258-1022 x 5209

Morgan County 5K Run/Walk
A run among the West Virginia hills is scheduled at Cacapon Resort. Participate in the Children’s fun run or challenge yourself to the 5K. Race starts at 8 a.m. Registration fees are required.
Contact: 304-258-1022 x 5209 

Pipestem Resort State Park
July 20
Stages Performance – Amphitheater Show

An evening of entertainment by several student groups of Stages Music School of Princeton. The show begins at 6 p.m. at the Pipestem outdoor amphitheater. There is a minimal charge to attend.
Contact: 304-466-1800 

Berkeley Springs State Park
July 20
Summer Concert – Banana Express

Not traditional Bluegrass! This young but experienced quartet has become a regional sensation with an electrifying sound that is one big musical sandwich stuffed with blues, jazz, folk, old-time and bluegrass. It features a MASHing guitar, rockin' bass and old-timey fiddle with some mighty fine vocals.
Contact: Morgan Arts Council, 304-258-2300 
Download Concert flier 

North Bend State Park
July 19-21
North Bend hosts the 35th Annual International Sports Jamboree. This event engages physically challenged youth in the field of recreation. It has created opportunities through the sponsorship and commitment of dedicated volunteers.

In addition to the sports jamboree, these activities are also planned on Saturday, July 20 at North Bend State Park:

9:30 a.m. – Nature Center Open. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., come inside to enjoy arts, crafts, and our wildlife friends. Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.
2:30 p.m. – Tunnel 13 Hike. Experience the great outdoors with a spice of history mixed in. The trail is flat and easy to walk on. Participants will meet at the Nature Center.
4:00 p.m. – Cornhole. Challenge your friends and the park staff to an exciting game of cornhole. There will be a tournament if participation allows. Meet at the Nature Center.

Daily activities at Lost River, Watoga, Pipestem, Blackwater Falls and other state parks are posted under Special Notices, with links to “At-A-Park.” Find more events and activities posted at http://www.wvstateparks.com/.

Contact Information

West Virginia State Parks
304-897-5372; 304-872-0825