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.

 Geologic Mysteries of West Virginia State Parks Solved

5/18/2009 How were the famous Blackwater Falls formed? How did Canaan Valley get to be so wide? West Virginia’s state parks and forests are famous for their natural beauty, and that includes the makeup of the land on which they are located. The geologic setting of West Virginia’s state parks also can teach a lot about the natural history of our state and region. A new series of publications focusing on the geology of state parks reveals the landforms, geologic history, and rocks of these scenic areas in words and photographs, and it’s done in an easy-to-understand format. 

“The Geology of Cacapon Resort and Lost River State Parks” (State Park Bulletin SP-7) is a highly-illustrated geological tour through these two eastern panhandle state parks in the Valley and Ridge physiographic province. Cacapon Resort State Park is in Morgan County, and Lost River State Park is in Hardy County. The 36-page booklet describes the rocks and geologic history that visitors will encounter in each park, and explains each park’s topography and prominent geological features. In addition to text written for the non-specialist, the booklet is filled with explanatory illustrations and beautiful photographs. Fold-out colored geologic maps identify the rock units visible in each park area.

“The Geology of Canaan Valley Resort and Blackwater Falls State Parks” (State Park Bulletin SP-6A) follows a similar format for these two eastern West Virginia state parks in Tucker County, in the Allegheny Mountain Section of the Appalachian Plateau physiographic province. The highly-illustrated 32-page booklet describes the geology, rocks, and landforms in these parks, including the geology responsible for the formation of the falls of the Blackwater River and the broad valley at Canaan. Fold-out colored geologic maps identify the rock units visible in each of these parks areas.

“We also are preparing maps and text for a third volume in the series that will feature Watoga, Droop Mountain Battlefield, and Beartown State Parks in Pocahontas County,” said Ken Ashton, geologist for the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey. “This bulletin is expected to be available by mid-summer 2009.”

These booklets are produced by the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey in cooperation with West Virginia State Parks. Each is available for $5.95 and can be ordered from the Publications Sales office of the West Virginia Geological and Economic Survey, 1 Mont Chateau Road, Morgantown, WV 26508-8079; phone (304) 594-2331. Mail orders should include 6 percent sales tax if mailed to a West Virginia address and $4.95 shipping and handling for each order. Visit online www.wvgs.wvnet.edu for more information.

The booklets also are available at many state parks and forests that have gift shops, including Cacapon Resort, Lost River, Blackwater Falls and Canaan Valley Resort. Visit online West Virginia State Parks at www.wvstateparks.com for state parks information.

Contact Information

Ken Ashton
304-594-2331
ashton@geosrv.wvnet.edu