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.

 West Virginia State Park Gift Cards Have “Something Extra” for the Holiday Season

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s that “Something Extra” time of year for purchasing West Virginia State Parks gift cards. Gift card purchases made online or by telephone order between Nov. 1 and Dec. 17, 2013, receive additional promotional discounts for the card recipient, or for the person who purchases the card.

For every $100 card purchased, the “Something Extra” cards are mailed with the West Virginia State Park gift card. Together, the plastic gift card and the paper “Something Extra” cards have a value totaling approximately $155, depending on use dates and if redeemed. Unlike the gift card itself, which can be used any time for all purchases and services at all state parks, “Something Extra” cards have expiration dates.

The “Something Extra” promotion is only offered on gift card purchases made online from Nov. 1 through Dec. 17, 2013, or by telephone order to 304-558-2764, (ask for Carol). There is no shipping or handling fee. Cards are mailed via US Postal Service.

“Gift cards convey to the recipient that a person knows you or your family interests,” said Sissie Summers of West Virginia State Parks. “The card becomes an experience when redeemed.”

West Virginia State Park gift cards can be used on lodging, dining, gift shops or other activities that charge a fee. In addition, each gift card purchase of $100 made online or by telephone order before Dec. 17 will receive up to eight “extras” such as “two for one” offers and other discounts at West Virginia State Parks and Forests. To place an order, visit www.wvstateparks.com and click “Gift Card Purchase” or call 304-558-2764, ext. 51828 (Carol).

About the eight “Something Extras!”
• 2-4-1 Ticket Price at Cass Scenic Railroad

Purchase a Whittaker Station Ticket the day of the trip and second person rides free. There are 95 dates in 2014 listed when this “extra” may be used.

• $25 off room rates at Chief Logan and Tygart Lake Lodges
Stay two or more nights and get $25 off standard rate with “extra” card.

• One-day Sled Run Pass at Blackwater Falls
Enjoy the Blackwater Falls State Park “magic carpet” at the Sled Run when using the “extra.” Not eligible during the “great cardboard sled race” Feb. 22, 2014.

• 18-hole Golf Play at One of Three Courses: Cacapon, Twin Falls or Pipestem
Rent a motorized cart and play 18 holes of golf for free in exchange for the “extra” card.

• Let’s Camp – night free at Little Beaver or Twin Falls Resort state parks.
Redeem “extra” card for second night free on first-come, first-served site rentals. Dates include most dates from opening day through the end of the traditional camping camping season in 2014.

• Room Rate Break at North Bend State Park Lodge
The “extra” card lists reduced room rates at North Bend State Park through 2014.

• Double Wheeeee! Aerial Tram Ride at Pipestem Resort.
With the “extra” card, two can ride the tram at Pipestem Resort State Park.

• Mystery Gift Card
Register online or by returning the “mystery card” to get a gift.

Contact Information

Sissie Summers, State Parks Programming Coordinator