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.

 Leaves Changing Quickly in West Virginia’s High Country

10/2/2008

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State foresters report that leaves are rapidly taking on fall hues, especially in the state’s areas of higher elevation.  Pendleton County’s leaves range from 45 to 80 percent peak at higher altitudes, while leaves in the county’s low-lying areas range from 10 to 30 percent peak.  Spruce Knob, the highest point in West Virginia, is recommended as one of the top spots to visit this weekend. 

Foliage in Pocahontas, Webster and Randolph counties is reported to be at 60 percent peak.  Forester Shon Butler said that visitors to the annual Mountain State Forest Festival in Elkins should have a colorful experience.

“The state’s northern hardwoods, including maple, birch, beech and ash have beautiful color right now,” Butler said.  “Higher elevations have more advanced color, but overall I’m seeing foliage at 60 percent peak in Randolph County.”  To see good fall color, Butler recommends a drive along U.S. Route 250 from Huttonsville to Durbin and across Cheat Mountain.

Foresters strongly recommend a drive along Pocahontas County’s Highland Scenic Highway, where suggested points of interest include Cranberry Glades and Richwood.

Yellow poplars and maples are offering excellent color at Kumbrabow State Forest in Webster County and along U.S. Route 72 through Canaan Valley in Tucker County.  Peters Mountain in Monroe County is reported to be at 40 percent peak.

 For more information about fall foliage, visit the Division of Forestry’s Web site at www.wvforestry.com.

Contact Information

Leslie Fitzwater
304-58-2003, ext. 342
leslie.c.fitzwater@wv.gov