The Official Website of the State of West Virginia

West Virginia: Majestic peaks, surreal caverns and a high-society hangout


Visiting the United States? There are 50 states in all. 

West Virginia, a southern state in the Appalachian Mountains, is known for its scenery and folk heritage. 

Appalachian folk-music traditions include fiddling, ballad singing and other styles derived from Scots-Irish music, celebrated each year at string-band festivals throughout the state. 

Hand-blown glass is produced at the Blenko Glass Company, in Milton, and at Appalachian Glass, in Weston. Both facilities offer tours of their studios and on-site shops. Other handcrafted products — pottery, carvings, textiles and more — can be found at Tamarack, billed as “West Virginia’s artisan retail center.” 

Love the outdoors? Mountainous West Virginia has skiing, cycling, horseback riding, fishing, golfing and whitewater rafting. 

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