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Three new modern cabins dedicated at State Park
July 17, 2018

LOGAN, W.Va. — The West Virginia State Parks system dedicated three new cabins at Chief Logan State Park in Logan County today. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Chief Logan Lodge and Conference Center was attended by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources staff, local officials and several members of the public.

The cabins are Chief Logan State Park’s first and provide spectacular views of the park. They cost just over $2 million to complete.

“These three gorgeous cabins are a wonderful addition to Chief Logan State Park and will give travelers and vacationers in the area another option for overnight lodging,” said DNR Director Stephen McDaniel. FULL STORY

Paddle at a WVa state park on National Canoe Day
June 18, 2018

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — National Canoe Day is June 26 and West Virginia State Parks is encouraging visitors to join the fun by taking a canoe or kayak out for a paddle at a park or forest lake. “West Virginia’s state parks and forests are a great place to enjoy a day out on the water,” said Dilla... FULL STORY

State Park’s Vista Restaurant Gets New Start
June 14, 2018

ANSTED, W.Va. — The Vista Restaurant at the Hawks Nest State Park lodge is now under park management and has reopened following a period of equipment replacement and seating and décor updates. The restaurant, which overlooks the New River Gorge and provides views of the iconic Hawks Nest overloo... FULL STORY

“Noodling,” or hand-fishing season opens June 15
June 13, 2018

Hand-fishing is permitted between sunrise and sunset. However, it is prohibited in all state-managed impoundments except Stonecoal Lake, Hawks Nest Lake, Mount Storm Lake, Cheat Lake and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes. The daily creel limit for all catfish species taken by hand-fishing is fou... FULL STORY

Free Fishing Days this weekend, June 9 and 10
June 8, 2018

CHARLESTON, WV - Grab your fishing pole and get your bait and tackle box ready because West Virginia's Free Fishing Days are this Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. This annual program gives residents and nonresidents a chance to fish in West Virginia for free. “West Virginia has miles and miles... FULL STORY

WVDNR stocks trout at Summersville Lake tailwater
June 7, 2018

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the West Virginia Professional Outfitters Association, stocked 650 pounds of rainbow trout in the Summersville Dam tailwater of the Gauley River on June 5. “The goal of the stocking is to enhance summer t... FULL STORY

West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 6, 2018

DAVIS, W.Va. — Blackwater Falls State Park will welcome hundreds of wildflower enthusiasts to the area May 10-13 for a weekend of springtime outdoor adventure and nature exploration during the 57th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The Wildflower Pilgrimage is one of the longest-running special even... FULL STORY

35th Annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike
March 28, 2018

LOGAN, W.Va. — The 35th annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hike is scheduled for Saturday, April 7 at Chief Logan State Park. The popular hike commemorates local wildflower enthusiast and Logan Garden Club member, Sue Browning. Two hikes are planned. The main hike will follow the Woodpecker Trail, a... FULL STORY

Stocking Stuffer Art and Craft Show
November 10, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park is offering a new event this year that allows visitors to do some early holiday shopping while supporting local artisans and creative craftsmen. The Stocking Stuffer Art and Craft Show will be held Nov. 19, 2016, at the McKeever Lodge Conference Center fr... FULL STORY

Wood carving workshop
November 7, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Join renowned wood carver Nathan “Nate” Parr for a basic woodcarving workshop at Blackwater Falls State Park Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. The West Virginia native artist will be featured at the Harold Walters Nature Center at 10 a.m. “We will use soap as the carving material,” said Par... FULL STORY

Electric vehicle charging stations unveiled
November 2, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – An electric vehicle (EV) charging station is now available at Pipestem Resort State Park’s McKeever Lodge. This first installation will be followed by installations at seven additional lodge parks across the state. Funding for the dual (two spaces) electric vehicle charging sta... FULL STORY

Saw-whet owl banding at Valley Falls State Park
October 28, 2016

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Four late-autumn evenings at Valley Falls State Park stand to provide a memorable experience for bird watchers as the public is invited to observe banding and release of migrating saw-whet owls. Because the birds are nocturnal, the banding survey will take place during the evening ... FULL STORY

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ culinary event
October 25, 2016

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Stonewall Resort’s culinary team and a host of area breweries and spirit providers have teamed up to present a culinary extravaganza the weekend of November 11-12 featuring two events: a Yuengs & Wings Pairing Friday, Nov. 11 and the third annual Beer, Bourbon & BBQ culinary event, ... FULL STORY

Battle Days at Point Pleasant
October 5, 2016

POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. – Tu-Endie-Wei State Park will participate in the annual Battle Days celebration at Point Pleasant Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016. The weekend activities celebrate the 241th anniversary of the Battle of Point Pleasant which occurred Oct. 10, 1774. The play, “Ma... FULL STORY

Mansion by Candlelight at Blennerhassett
September 30, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Enjoy autumn at Blennerhassett Island State Park’s Mansion by Candlelight event Oct. 14 and 15, 2016. For two nights, electricity is banished and guests are transported back to 1805 to see the Blennerhassett Mansion and grounds lit by hundreds of flickering candles. Guests ar... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Resort Ready for Winter Fun
September 27, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – The weather is warm now, but soon it will be winter recreation season and Canaan Valley Resort State Park is getting ready. New equipment is being added to the resort’s 12 T40 snow guns, doubling Canaan’s snowmaking capability. The rental shop is increasing its inventory and will ... FULL STORY

West Virginia state parks special events
September 23, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The start of the 2016 fall season kicks off special autumn events at West Virginia State Parks. In addition to scenic fall foliage color changes, visitors can find many things to do in the outdoors during this change of season. A full schedule of events is listed online at ... FULL STORY

Hidden History Weekend
September 23, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks in the New River Gorge region will participate in the National Park Service’s Hidden History Weekend Sept. 23-25. They will host several free activities designed to celebrate Appalachian heritage and the rich sites and stories of the region. S... FULL STORY

Ride the ski lift at Canaan Valley Resort
September 21, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – The ski lift at Canaan Valley Resort is now open for guests to ride to see aerial autumn views and fall foliage colors from the peak of Weiss Knob at 4,280 feet. “The foliage and landscape are beautiful in Tucker County from late September into October, and this is one of the best ... FULL STORY

First local craft cider event to be held
September 14, 2016

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Local craft cider, created from West Virginia-grown heritage and heirloom apples, will be the focus of a first-of-its-kind, four-course culinary event featuring flavors from the early fall harvest. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Stonewall Resort, in ... FULL STORY

Dark in the Park at Pipestem Resort
September 13, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem Resort State Park encourages visitors to participate in Dark in the Park, a late-evening activity to encourage guests to observe nature after dusk. “Sounds, temperatures and visibilities change as day turns to dusk, and we want people to experience those changes,” said ... FULL STORY

North Bend State Park offers themed buffets
September 9, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – North Bend State Park’s popular buffets are taking a new approach now through the end of the year. In addition to traditional home-cooked entrees and sides, the park will now offer special themed buffets to support special days. The themes will include Grandparents Day, Sept. 11, f... FULL STORY

SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park
August 29, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Blackwater Falls State Park’s annual SeptemberFest is Sept. 16–18, 2016, making it the first time for the popular event to be held on a weekend. “What traditionally was a senior-oriented event has continued to attract a much younger audience year after year,” said Paulita Cousin, B... FULL STORY

Beech Fork State Park stretches summer fun
August 26, 2016

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Late summer fun stretches into the last weekend of August and Labor Day weekend at Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville and Huntington. “Weekend activities are scheduled for individuals and families, especially campers, who want to take advantage of the remaining warm w... FULL STORY

49th annual Nature Wonder Weekend
August 19, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – Wild food foragers from across the country will return to North Bend State Park Sept. 16–18, 2016, for the 49th annual Nature Wonder Weekend. Reservations are open and available for this annual gathering. Featured speakers include wild foods cooking author Leda Meredith and hearth coo... FULL STORY

Mealmaster Cabin Special at Seneca State Forest
August 12, 2016

DUNMORE, W.Va. – Cooking on a wood-burning stove can be a nostalgic experience or a new challenge. Seneca State Forest in Pocahontas County has eight primitive cabins that offer overnight visitors an opportunity to try their hand at this old-fashioned type of meal preparation, while saving money dur... FULL STORY

View the Perseid meteor shower
August 10, 2016

DAVIS and BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. –Dark night skies above Blackwater Falls State Park will offer excellent views of the annual Perseid meteor shower Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Paulita Cousin, park naturalist, will be the sky watching host at the Nature Center at 8 p.m. each evening. ... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Events
August 5, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. – Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park today announced its schedule of unique events and activities for the month of August, including fireworks, pickin’ in the park and a new event, Dining with the Blennerhassetts. Visitors who enjoy the great outdoors, nature and good food... FULL STORY

#MyWV campaign aimed at promoting travel
July 22, 2016

CHARLESTON, West Virginia - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Wild, Wonderful West Virginia today announced the statewide launch of the new #MyWV campaign. This campaign - designed to share the personal experiences that make the Mountain State wild and wonderful - is aimed at promoting travel around the sta... FULL STORY

Flood damage closes part of Greenbrier River Trail
July 6, 2016

BUCKEYE, W.Va. – Recent flood damage has closed a portion of the Greenbrier River Trail (GRT), according to West Virginia State Parks Chief Sam England. The GRT north of Mile Post 14.4 at Anthony is a mixture of lengths of good trail and flood-affected spots. Everything south of Mile Post 14.4 ... FULL STORY

State Parks announces long-term plan for shortfall
June 27, 2016

Charleston, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources announced plans to address a projected budget shortfall of nearly $1 million in the upcoming year. The deficit is a result of additional reductions in next year’s general revenue budget, as recently passed by the Legislature, combin... FULL STORY

Old-time “base ball” game on Blennerhassett Island
June 7, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – An 1860s-style exhibition baseball (two words) game will be played at Blennerhassett Island State Park Sunday, June 12, 2016. The game will start at 2:30 p.m. and will take place in front of the Blennerhassett mansion. The teams will be the Ohio Village Muffins versus the Blenne... FULL STORY

Music, dinner and river cruising at Blennerhassett
June 3, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – A dinner cruise on the Island Belle sternwheeler is part of the Parkersburg Point Park Concert Series that begins Friday, June 3, 2016. A country-style dinner and boat ride on the Ohio River sets the stage before the musical presentation sponsored by Downtown PKB. The Isla... FULL STORY

“Old Friends” harmonize again at Blackwater Falls
May 19, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – Back by popular demand, Old Friends, a barbershop quartet, returns to Blackwater Falls State Park for an evening of harmony and fun. Four men - Wally Reynolds (tenor), John Brooks (lead), Tony DeAngelis (bass) and John Fisher (baritone) will perform Friday, May 27, 2016, at 7:30 p.... FULL STORY

Kids to Parks Day
May 16, 2016

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Kids and their families are the focus of outdoor explorations Saturday, May 21, at Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs in Morgan County. “Kids to Parks Day” activities will include hikes, nature studies and crafts. “We focus on the outdoors in our parks becau... FULL STORY

Historic Exhibit of West Virginia-made longrifles
April 26, 2016

FAIRMONT, W.Va. – An exhibit of 24 West Virginia-made rifles and pistols is on display at Prickett’s Fort State Park in Fairmont through Nov. 11, 2016. Presented by the Kentucky Rifle Foundation (KRF), it is the first time an exhibit of West Virginia-made longrifles and accoutrements has been compil... FULL STORY

Primitive location attracts group camping
April 6, 2016

GAP MILLS, W.Va. – Located on the southeastern edge of West Virginia, Moncove Lake State Park provides a pastoral setting in Monroe County. Last year, the park added a primitive group campground that became popular with outdoors enthusiasts, and it is available for reservation again this year. “T... FULL STORY

Murbles with a “u” Tournament Memorial Day Weekend
March 30, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Murbles, spelled with ‘u,’ not an ‘a,’ is an outdoor game that was introduced at Pipestem Resort State Park last year and is making a return in 2016. Using what appears to be oversized marbles and requiring no special skills, Murbles is a lawn game for any age and that anyone can p... FULL STORY

55th West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage
March 28, 2016

DAVIS, W.Va. – In its 55th year, the West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park offers springtime outdoors and nature explorations May 5-8, 2016. “In addition to the Friday-through-Sunday activities, we are offering introduction to birding and introduction to wild... FULL STORY

Hippity-hop to a W.Va. State Park for Easter
March 25, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Easter weekend at West Virginia’s state parks include egg hunts, Sunday meal buffets and springtime outdoor activities. “Easter is always a nice time to visit parks” said Kristi Steed, Group Services coordinator at North Bend State Park. “Traditional activities like egg hun... FULL STORY

Guitars, Irish Fest, Women’s Getaway activities
March 14, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia state parks offer much to do in mid-March, including a guitar workshop at Twin Falls Resort, an Irish Festival at Pipestem Resort, nature activities at Blackwater Falls, a Women’s Getaway Weekend at North Bend, an Easter egg hunt at Cass Scenic Railroad, and h... FULL STORY

State parks activities are as wacky as the weather
March 9, 2016

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Survival training, wolves, quilts and a murder mystery are among programs and events at West Virginia’s state parks the weekend of March 11-13, 2016. Parks staff are celebrating the changing seasons with some unusual offerings. “Wacky weather can throw a snowball or a c... FULL STORY

“Murder on the Mountain” Mystery Theater
March 2, 2016

LOGAN, W.Va. – Diners can help figure out “who dunnit?” during an interactive murder mystery dinner theater Saturday, March 11, at Chief Logan Lodge and Recreation Center. “Murder on the Mountain” will be presented by Murder and Merriment Productions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. In “Murder on the Mou... FULL STORY

Meet West Virginia’s state parks March 4-6
February 27, 2016

Meet West Virginia’s state parks March 4-6 SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Meet with staff, learn about West Virginia’s state parks and enjoy activities with family and friends the first weekend of March. Many parks are encouraging visitors to participate in “Meet the Parks Weekend” with a wide variety... FULL STORY

Guitar Retreat Weekend at Twin Falls Resort
February 24, 2016

MULLENS, W.Va. – You and your guitar can spend a weekend retreat picking and strumming with instructors Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer and Jim Ritchey at Twin Falls Resort State Park in Mullens March 18- 20, 2016. Kessinger and Shafer are well known nationally as an award-winning flat picker. Ha... FULL STORY

Walk It Off at Pipestem Resort State Park
February 17, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Suffering from cabin fever this winter? Walk It Off at Pipestem State Resort Park. Special guided hikes are scheduled at this Summers County attraction in February. Walk It Off (WIO) is led by Pipestem Activities Coordinator Kim Hawkins and will start on the Par 3 golf course. T... FULL STORY

“Scrap Happy” Quilt Show
February 17, 2016

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The 2016 Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show is March 12-20, 2016, at the Blennerhassett Museum in Parkersburg. Along with the standard categories, the themed category is “Scrap Happy,” the use of leftover fabrics to create a fun and happy scrappy quilt or wall hanging. The quil... FULL STORY

Full Moon Hikes at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park
February 10, 2016

CASS, W.Va. – Whether howling at the moon or sailing along moonlight bay, outdoor fun is taking a new twist on Full Moon Nights at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County. Full Moon Hikes are scheduled in February, March and April. “Train rides on the Cass Scenic Railroad begin in M... FULL STORY

A Night of Illusion (and dinner) at Hawks Nest
February 2, 2016

ANSTED, W.Va. – A Night of Illusion with John Slicer is wintry entertainment for the whole family at Hawk Nest State Park Feb. 6. Slicer, a nationally renowned magician, captivates audiences with sleight of hand, interactive audience participation, and mind reading with overheard gasps of "How did h... FULL STORY

Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie
January 26, 2016

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The Mountain State’s unofficial weather prognosticating groundhog, French Creek Freddie, will be the star of the show Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in Upshur County. Wildlife Center personnel will awaken West Virginia’s most famous rodent out of ... FULL STORY

Dinner theaters and shows return to Hawks Nest
January 20, 2016

ANSTED, W.Va. – Six evenings of entertainment with a meal return to Hawks Nest State Park in 2016. “The park is a beautiful setting for a Saturday evening out,” said Hawks Nest Supt. John Bracken. The entertainment, which includes dinner, ranges from magic to history. An overnight package is availab... FULL STORY

Gift Buyers Marketplace at Pipestem Resort
January 19, 2016

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Business and gift shop retailers looking for new and trending resale items for gift and souvenir shops have a marketplace in West Virginia. Pipestem Resort State Park’s Gift Buyers Marketplace is Feb. 1-3, 2016. The venue features more than 50 different wholesale vendors, accord... FULL STORY

Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend
January 8, 2016

CAIRO, W.Va. – Follow the yellow brick road to North Bend State Park for an over-the-rainbow Winter Wonder Weekend Jan. 15-17. The theme for this annual event is “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” and will feature hiking, crafts, activities and sleigh riding (weather permitting). The weekend begins ... FULL STORY

State Holiday Commission Host Annual Celebration
January 6, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Dr. Carolyn Stuart, executive director of the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs and chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Holiday Commission, today announced plans for the annual commemoration and celebration of the life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ... FULL STORY

First Day Hikes in West Virginia State Parks
December 28, 2015

Meet the New Year outdoors at West Virginia’s state parks and forests – First Day Hikes planned Jan. 1, 2016 Chilly or warm, West Virginia’s state parks and forests are embracing First Day Hikes, a nationwide outdoor activity promoted by the America’s State Parks organization (www.naspd.org)... FULL STORY

Beech Fork State Park online campsite reservations
December 26, 2015

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Campers are reminded they can make online campsite reservations for 2016 at Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville and Huntington. The online service began Jan. 1, 2015, and exceeded expectations, renting more than 14,100 reservable campsites from Memorial Day weeken... FULL STORY

Enjoy winter camping at Camp Creek State Park
December 20, 2015

CAMP CREEK, W.Va. – Winter is a great time to camp, and with the recent warm weather in West Virginia, it’s an even better time. Camp Creek State Park and Forest Supt. Frank Ratcliffe says winter camping provides a truer outdoor experience because there are fewer people and the wildlife is more visi... FULL STORY

State Parks are all aglow
December 18, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Christmas holiday lights are now aglow at three West Virginia state parks. Hawks Nest, Cass Scenic Railroad and Chief Logan state parks offer ‘”lights aglow” starting at dusk every night into the new year. State Parks Chief Sam England believes the displays rival many of... FULL STORY

Celebrate the holidays at Cacapon Resort
December 17, 2015

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Christmas programming and a New Year’s party are being offered at Cacapon Resort State Park near Berkeley Springs in Morgan County. Activities that includes crafts, nature hikes and a visit from Santa Claus are part of the seasonal celebration, but visitors seeking some qui... FULL STORY

Christmas at Cass in December
November 27, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – Main Street of Cass in Pocahontas County will be aglow Dec. 1-31, 2015, as the community decorates the street and a town Christmas tree for the holidays. “This is the first year we’ve decorated the whole town,” said Scott Fortney, superintendent of Cass Scenic Railroad Stat... FULL STORY

Winter Woodland Wonderland lights are all aglow
November 27, 2015

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Tygart Lake State Park near Grafton in Taylor County will be all aglow with Christmas decorations beginning Nov. 28. The 20-room lodge and Apple Annie’s restaurant have a theme, "Winter Woodland Wonderland," with interior niches decorated with canoe and woodland creatures. Outside l... FULL STORY

Challenge to “#OptOutside” Beginning Black Friday
November 25, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia State Parks are taking the challenge from the America’s State Parks organization by recommending that shoppers #OptOutside. Shoppers are encouraged to include the outdoors as a healthful, natural break during the stressful holiday season, beginning with Black ... FULL STORY

Cacapon Resort State Park Nature Center Renamed
November 20, 2015

BERKELEY SPRINGS, West Virginia – The Nature Center at Cacapon Resort State Park has been renamed the Thomas D. Ambrose Nature Center, honoring retired Cacapon Supt. Tom Ambrose. “Tom’s nearly 36-year career with state parks was recognized with this well-deserved honor,” said West Virginia State Par... FULL STORY

Apple Annie’s Arrives at Tygart Lake Lodge
November 12, 2015

GRAFTON, West Virginia – Apple Annie’s is the new restaurant at Tygart Lake State Park. The food service operation at this popular eatery near Grafton is Boston Hospitality Group, which also operates Boston Beanery restaurants. Apple Annie’s is known for outstanding service and hospitality, acco... FULL STORY

Halloween Events at Cass Scenic Railroad
October 16, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – The annual Halloween Train departs from the Cass Depot to Whittaker Station at 6 p.m. Oct. 31, 2015, at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County. “It is one of the most favorite special train rides at Cass,” said Scott Fortney, park superintendent. “Riders typica... FULL STORY

“Egg-haunt” at Blackwater Falls State Park
October 13, 2015

DAVIS, West Virginia – A circus of spooky fun is being planned for Oct. 17 at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County, including an “egg-haunt.” What is that? “It’s not your ordinary pre-Halloween fun. It’s a hodge-podge of sights, sounds, and spirits with a circus theme, costumes and a haun... FULL STORY

Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree
October 9, 2015

MULLENS, West Virginia – If it involves pickin’, grinnin’ and choppin’, all at the same time, then it must be the annual fall Lumberjackin’ Bluegrassin’ Jamboree at Twin Falls State Park. This year the popular event is scheduled for Oct. 9 through 11. “It’s like a homecoming for our area and visi... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island State Park Dinner Cruise
October 7, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – It’s the last one of the season: Blennerhassett Island State Park’s final dinner cruise of the year is Oct. 16, and it’s a special one because it’s an opportunity to see the autumn colors of the Mid-Ohio Valley from the water. “Board the Island Belle sternwheeler and ... FULL STORY

Celebrate "Park-tober" in West Virginia State Park
October 3, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Fall kicks in during October, and West Virginia State Parks are celebrating "Park-tober" by offering a wide variety of lodging discounts and special events to appeal to everyone from leaf peepers to rail riders. "October is a fun time to visit West Virginia’s state... FULL STORY

Fall Harvest Day at Cass Scenic Railroad
September 23, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – With the onset of fall colors and lower temperatures Fall Harvest Day, Sept. 26, 2015, is full activities in the community of Cass, West Virginia. “We have fun. We enjoy meeting families and people who come to our town to enjoy the community atmosphere and appreciate practic... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island by Night
September 19, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Candles will light the way to the mansion on Blennerhassett Island Oct. 9 and 10, 2015. The Mansion by Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett, began in 1996 and has since become the island’s most popular annual event, according to Park Supt. Doug Wi... FULL STORY

“All Nations Drum” Returns to Battle Days
September 17, 2015

POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia – The Point Pleasant Battle Days Committee and Tu-Endie-Wei State Park are proud to announce that “All Nations Drum,” a Native American drum group, will be returning as part of Point Pleasant Battle Days, Oct. 2 and 3, 2015. All Nations Drum is a renowned group dedic... FULL STORY

Travelers save in September at many West Virginia
September 9, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Tinges of color, generally good weather, and reduced rates on campsite and cabin rentals make September a good month to visit West Virginia’s state parks. “If your outdoor voice is calling, September is the month to visit and to take advantage of reduced rates at... FULL STORY

7th WV Infantry, Company recreates “Floyd’s Folly"
September 9, 2015

SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – “Floyd's Folly” will be recreated by Civil War reenactors, showing the events leading into the 1861 battle of Carnifex Ferry. The 2015 event at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park Sept. 12 is organized by members of the 7th WV Infantry, Company B. “This year, the ... FULL STORY

Canoe or Kayak – Your Choice, Your “Quest”
September 5, 2015

CAIRO, West Virginia – Kayak or canoe? Which is better for you? The Quest program at North Bend State Park lets you choose one or both through September. Water based activities were especially popular during this first year of the Quest program. “The Quest program caught the attention... FULL STORY

It's CamperTime! At Beech Fork State Park
August 28, 2015

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – It's CamperTime! at Beech Fork State Park with a special display by Setzer's World of Camping, August 29, 2015. Different camper styles and sizes will be stationed in the park campground. “Setzer’s will have several camper units at the park Saturday for... FULL STORY

Aerial Photography Workshop at Cass
August 13, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – Experience photographic views from a new perspective – by quadcopter. Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is offering an Aerial Workshop led by experienced quadcopter operators and professional photographers Walter Scriptunas II and Tyler Evert Aug. 28-30. The worksh... FULL STORY

Horse-powered Fun at Lost River State Park
August 11, 2015

MATHIAS, West Virginia – Carriage rides return to Lost River State Park every Saturday in August from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Lost River State Park Supt. Mike Foster. Stables at the park are operated by Eric and Samantha Shipe of Hidden Tails Stables, LLC. Carriage ride fees are $10 for adul... FULL STORY

The Legacy of Mary Ingles Featured at Beech Fork
August 10, 2015

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – The Mary Ingles Trail Associates (MITA) will present the 2015 Legacy of Mary Ingles encampment and living history event at Beech Fork State Park, Sept. 18-20, 2015. This year marks the 260th anniversary of Mary Ingles’ odyssey in 1755 as she was captured by and escaped... FULL STORY

Pipestem: Baseball, Night Golf and a Fabulous Liar
August 6, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Pipestem State Park organizes and offers activities and things to do when visiting. Open to the public, most activities are free and appeal to a broad range of ages and interests. Pipestem steps up to the plate with a trip to a Bluefield Blue Jays baseball ga... FULL STORY

Hawks Nest Aerial Tram Reopens
August 3, 2015

ANSTED, West Virginia – The aerial tram at Hawks Nest State Park reopened as planned July 31, following extensive repairs and upgrades that kept it idle most of the 2015 season. New electrical components and extensive installation work were necessary to keep the attraction operating at 21st-century ... FULL STORY

Have Brunch on the Island with Margaret
July 30, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – In 1798, Margaret Blennerhassett was known in the Wood County, Marietta/Belpre Ohio areas for entertaining guests with grace and style. In 2015, a late morning brunch on the island in the presence of Margaret Blennerhassett, portrayed by Carolina Alvarez, creates that sa... FULL STORY

“Through the Garden Gate”
July 28, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Visitors to Pipestem Resort State Park August 8, 2015, may want to wander “Through the Garden Gate,” a breathtaking summer garden tour in nearby Bluefield, West Virginia. The tour of six homes will feature outdoor entertaining spaces and the art of tablescapes beginning at ... FULL STORY

Mary Todd Lincoln Portrayal at Canaan Valley
July 24, 2015

DAVIS, West Virginia – Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of President Abraham Lincoln, will be portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program at Canaan Valley Resort State Park Wednesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. ... FULL STORY

Welcome Center’s Amazing Chalk Art Features W.Va.
July 10, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – The Welcome Center at the Wood County location just off I-77 at Williamstown greets thousands of north and south bound travelers every day. This center, like other Welcome Centers in West Virginia, proudly features state park brochures, but this one has a little bit more... FULL STORY

Maple Trees Once Again Line the Streets at Cass
July 8, 2015

CASS, West Virginia – The historic town of Cass, West Virginia, looks a little more like it did in the early 20th century with the return of maple trees along Front and Main streets. Eight sugar maples have been planted along Front Street and four red maples have been planted along Main Street, than... FULL STORY

DNR Swimming Guidelines
July 1, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Strong currents in natural bodies of water can pose a serious threat to swimmers, and they’re often invisible. As part of Operation Life Jacket, the Division of Natural Resources wants the public to be aware of the dangers of currents for swimmers of all ages and ab... FULL STORY

“Choose Your Own Adventure”
June 23, 2015

West Virginia State Parks celebrates the first full day of summer Summer recreation and new “choose your own adventure” program underway CAIRO, West Virginia - June 22 marks the first full day of summer 2015. In celebration, West Virginia State Parks is reminding visitors about the abundance ... FULL STORY

Celebration on Blennerhassett Island
June 19, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – West Virginia turns 152 years old June 20, 2015, and Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is celebrating the Mountain State’s anniversary of becoming the 35th state of The United States of America in 1863. Activities will begin on Blennerhassett Isl... FULL STORY

A Lookout! Thorny Mountain Fire Tower History Days
June 17, 2015

DUNMORE, West Virginia – Old is new again at the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower. The lofty and recently refurbished structure, located at Seneca State Forest near Dunmore in Pocahontas County, served fire prevention aspects of the field of forestry for more than 50 years. “Lookouts” in the elevated cabi... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: Let Freedom Ring
June 17, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: Welcome Summer
June 9, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Spend the Night in Seneca State Forest Fire Tower
June 3, 2015

West Virginia State Parks announces contest for West Virginia Day DUNMORE, West Virginia – The winner of a contest sponsored by the West Virginia State Parks system will get to spend the first night in the newly refurbished Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca State Forest. The tower, built in... FULL STORY

Family Outdoor Activities at Kanawha State Forest
May 29, 2015

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Kyle Wallace, the summer naturalist at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, invites individuals and families to get outdoors more this summer, beginning with special activities May 29-31. There is no charge for scheduled activities “Hiking the trails, ca... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: Outdoor Fun
May 22, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Join the “Nature Nuts” for Saturday Nature Walks
May 22, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – One Saturday each month through October will be an opportunity to join the “Nature Nuts” for a natural history exploration of Blennerhassett Island State Park. The Blennerhassett Island Nature Walk Program is scheduled for June 6, July 4, August 1, Sept. 5 and Oct. 1. Th... FULL STORY

“Veterans Salute” Discount at W. Va. State Parks
May 19, 2015

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) and the West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) have announced veterans and active duty military personnel will receive discounted rates at West Virginia State Parks. “Veterans Salute” is... FULL STORY

East River Mountain Town Band
May 18, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – The East River Mountain Town Band will perform an evening of music in the Pipestem State Park Amphitheater May 23, 2015, beginning at 8 p.m. This town band entertains with an eclectic mix of classical, popular and patriotic concert band music. The ensemble of 60-plus member... FULL STORY

North Bend Rail Trail receives $1 million Grants
May 12, 2015

CAIRO, West Virginia – The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) that crosses four counties in north-central West Virginia recently was awarded grant funding of a little more than $1 million for continued trail improvements, repairs and maintenance. The eastern counties that the North Bend Rail Trail dissect... FULL STORY

Do Some Bird Watching at a W. Va State Park in May
May 9, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – May is one of the best times to bird watch in West Virginia, and two state parks have birding events scheduled for May 9, 2015. Little Beaver State Park new Beckley in Raleigh County will host Three Rivers Avian Center for the Migration Celebration fr... FULL STORY

Find your Murbles at Pipestem Resort
May 8, 2015

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – You can find your Murbles during a tournament scheduled Sunday, May 24 at the Pipestem Resort State Park campground. Murbles, spelled with “u,” not an “a,” is an outdoor game using what appears to be over-sized marbles and requires no special skills. “It’s a... FULL STORY

“Unreconstructed Rebels” event at Carnifex Ferry
May 8, 2015

SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – "Unreconstructed Rebels" is an event at Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park, May 22-24, 2015, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the disbandment of the various WV CS units of McClausland's Brigade at the end of the Civil War. Unreconstructed Rebels weekend is orga... FULL STORY

“Old Friends” Barbershop Music at Blackwater Falls
May 1, 2015

DAVIS, West Virginia – Four men wearing red, white and blue ties and sporting spats will be in harmony at Blackwater Falls State Park May 23, 2015. “It’s an evening of barbershop quartet music by veterans of both the armed forces and barbershop music,” according to Paulita Cousin, act... FULL STORY

Saw-whet Owls and Warblers Weekend
April 30, 2015

DAVIS, West Virginia – Hearing the diminutive “toot” of a saw-whet owl or the sighting of a returning warbler are possible at a new birding weekend offered at Blackwater Falls State Park. Saw-whet Owls and Warblers Weekend is scheduled for May 29-31, 2015. “It should be a perfect ti... FULL STORY

Cathedral State Park Recognized for Old Growth
April 28, 2015

AURORA, West Virginia –On Earth Day, April 22, 2015, Cathedral State Park was recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network, one of four in West Virginia with this designation. “Mother Nature was in attendance,” according to Park Ranger Eric Risinger. “It snowed.” This Preston C... FULL STORY

Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park Dedicated
April 22, 2015

SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park has been recognized as part of the Old Growth Forest Network. Joan Maloof, founder and director of the Old Growth Forest Network, presented a certificate of recognition to Supt. Sam Cowell Thursday April 16, 2015. The... FULL STORY

Wi-Fi at Beech Fork State Park
April 17, 2015

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Beech Fork State Park is now offering free Wi-Fi service to overnight guests at all six deluxe cabins and to campground guests at the park headquarters. Wi-Fi service is available at all six vacation cabins. “Wi-Fi is becoming an expected amenity for ... FULL STORY

W.Va. State Parks Ready For Camping
April 16, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Camping is trending and West Virginia’s state parks are ready for the 2015 camping season. “Our campsite reservation process is underway by mail, phone, walk-in and online,” said Sam England, chief of the State Parks and Recreation section of the West Virginia Divis... FULL STORY

It’s Electric! Audra State Park
April 9, 2015

BUCKHANNON, West Virginia – Audra State Park has installed 30-amp electrical service to some of its camp sites, thanks to funding from the Barbour County Commission. According to Audra State Park Superintendent Jon Teets, the financial assistance to add the electrical pedestal boxes to six of the pa... FULL STORY

2015 New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend
April 8, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Celebrate the glories of Appalachian spring from the rim of the gorge to the river during the Twelfth Annual New River Gorge Wildflower Weekend, April 24 – 26, 2015. Each activity or program highlights the natural diversity of the New River Gorge National River, inc... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: April Adventures
April 8, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Cabins Available for WVa Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 4, 2015

DAVIS, West Virginia – Cabin spaces are still available for lodging during the 54th Annual West Virginia Wildflower Pilgrimage, scheduled May 7-10, 2015, at Blackwater Falls State Park. The Blackwater Falls Lodge is full for this popular weekend, but cabins for four and eight people are available fo... FULL STORY

Babcock State Park Increasing Reservable Campsites
March 24, 2015

CLIFFTOP, West Virginia – Responding to numerous visitor requests, Babcock State Park in Fayette County is increasing the number of campsites available for advance reservations, beginning with the 2015 summer season. “Our staff enjoys hearing the stories visitors tell about their expe... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: April Festivities
March 21, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Spring Cleanup at Beech Fork State Park
March 20, 2015

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Volunteer assistance is welcomed at the 7th annual Spring Cleanup at Beech Fork State Park near Barboursville in Cabell and Wayne counties. The event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015. “It’s a full day of work w... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Museum Quilt Show
March 18, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History’s 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett and WesBanco, is underway and continues through March 22, 2015. There are 75 quilt entries in the show this year that showcase the a... FULL STORY

“Pickin' in the Park” Guitar Weekend
March 18, 2015

MULLENS, West Virginia – Who wants to learn to play the guitar, or learn to play it better? “Pickin’ in the Park” at Twin Falls State Park March 20-22, 2015, features guitar instruction and tips by Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer and Jim Ritchey. The weekend is for anyone interested in... FULL STORY

Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and Mountain Stage
March 13, 2015

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV) and Mountain Stage, a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, announced a partnership to promote the Mountain Music Trail and West Virginia’s music heritage during this evening’s live Mountain Stage show at the Culture Cente... FULL STORY

Vote For The Endless Wall Trail in New River Gorge
March 11, 2015

Vote online until March 30, 2015 CHARLESTON, West Virginia – The Endless Wall Trail in the New River Gorge National River recreation area is one of 20 finalists for Best National Park Hike in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice contest. The top 20 trails were selected by a panel of hiking expert... FULL STORY

Adventure Advisory: St. Patrick's Day Preview
February 25, 2015

The Adventure Advisory, prepared and distributed by Wild, Wonderful West Virginia (GoToWV), highlights some of the many activities happening across the Mountain State. Additional listings are posted at www.GoToWV.com; click the Calendar tab. Event organizers and promoters are encouraged to submit it... FULL STORY

Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show
February 6, 2015

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Quilters and fans of quilts are preparing for the 11th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, scheduled for March 14-22, 2015, at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. The museum is located in downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the corner of 2nd and Ju... FULL STORY

State Parks are for Sweethearts
February 3, 2015

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Valentine’s Day, Feb, 14, falls on a Saturday in 2015, and West Virginia State Parks are offering special Sweetheart Deals that make for a very special and romantic weekend. Reservations are highly recommended for these popular events. Here are some examples of what... FULL STORY

Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie
January 28, 2015

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. - For the 37th year, French Creek Freddie, the state’s official weather prognosticating groundhog, will be the star of the show on Monday, Feb. 2, at the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek in Upshur County. Each Groundhog Day, a Wildlife Center staff member awakens the... FULL STORY

Winter Weekends at Hawks Nest State Park
January 16, 2015

ANSTED, West Virginia – From music to murder mysteries to magic, Hawks Nest State Park has entertainment lined up for winter weekends through March. Located in Ansted, Fayette County, the year-round destination is popular for its view of the New River as well as dining room views and comfortable lod... FULL STORY

Parkersburg Native Scott Cain Dulcimer Performance
January 8, 2015

CAIRO, West Virginia – Fans of the dulcimer will enjoy hearing Parkersburg native Scott Cain perform live at North Bend State Park Sundays, Jan. 18 and 25, 2015. Playing the hammered dulcimer and lap dulcimer, Cain entertains with traditional music and song. “Scott lets guests try pl... FULL STORY

Discover W.Va. Park Lodges with “WV50” $50 rate
December 26, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WV50 is a “visit a state park” discount rate promotion to encourage friends, families and meeting planners to use lodge facilities in January. “Reduced rates can be a very effective way to can encourage visitors to come to state parks at a time they might not... FULL STORY

Mardi Gras Masquerade
December 22, 2014

MULLENS, West Virginia – Those celebrating New Year’s Eve at Twin Falls State Park will bring in 2015 by donning masks and hats. “Mardi Gras Masquerade” is the theme and dress for the dance party is “as you like” or masquerade attire. “It’s all about having fun, good food and dancing ... FULL STORY

Winter Wonder Weekend
December 19, 2014

CAIRO, W.Va. – Bird lovers and other winter outdoors enthusiasts are invited to flock to the 2015 Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Jan. 16-18. The theme for this annual event is “For the Birds” and will feature bird-related programs, crafts and activities. Outdoor opportunities will in... FULL STORY

Pure Winter Fun at Canaan Valley State Park
December 18, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Skiing and tubing at Canaan Valley Resort in Davis, West Virginia, is pure winter fun. The downhill skiing at Canaan combines natural and machine-made snow. “Winter recreation at Canaan is, in one word – great,” said Cary Sponaugle, director of sales and market... FULL STORY

Calling all bird lovers!
December 12, 2014

CAIRO, W.Va. – Bird lovers and other winter outdoors enthusiasts are invited to flock to the 2015 Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park Jan. 16-18. The theme for this annual event is “For the Birds” and will feature bird-related programs, crafts and activities. Outdoor opportunities will in... FULL STORY

Knee Hockey: New Fun Activity
December 6, 2014

LOGAN, West Virginia – West Virginia’s state park system is adding another recreation twist to encourage family and youth activities to enjoy exercise and fun. This time it is Knee Hockey. “North Bend State Park has Box Hockey, Pipestem has introduced FootGolf, and now Chief Logan Lod... FULL STORY

Pipestem Resort State Park Holiday Activities
December 4, 2014

PIPESTEM, West Virginia – Holiday travelers in West Virginia have many opportunities for free outdoor and indoor recreation in state parks. “At Pipestem Resort State Park, we plan and present a variety of events on a weekly basis for our visitors and guests,” said Kim Hawkins, Pipestem program coord... FULL STORY

Historical Christmas Ornament Features State Park
November 23, 2014

BRAMWELL, West Virginia – The Princeton-Mercer County Chamber of Commerce has chosen Pinnacle Rock State Park as the theme for its 22nd annual Historical Christmas Ornament. “We’re honored,” said Park Ranger Brett Harshbarger. “Having the park featured on the annual Christmas ornament... FULL STORY

Trees of Our Heritage
November 14, 2014

Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History, Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – The Blennerhassett Museum’s Holiday Open House, featuring the popular annual Trees of Our Heritage exhibit, is Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, 1-3 p.m. This open house kicks off a six-week display of... FULL STORY

W.Va.State Parks gift cards have "Something Extra"
November 3, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s the time of year for holiday and Christmas gift ideas and West Virginia’s state parks “Something Extra” program returns. Gift card purchases made online or by telephone order between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, 2014, receive additional promotional discounts for the card recip... FULL STORY

Outdoor-indoor events at West Virginia State Parks
October 31, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – A cornucopia of November activities leads to the Thanksgiving holidays at West Virginia’s state parks. Ten state parks lodges have restaurants in the 49 areas that make up the mountain state’s park system, and they will feature Thanksgiving meals and buffets. Those... FULL STORY

Cass Scenic Railroad to Join W.Va.Central Railroad
October 29, 2014

CHARLESTON, West Virginia – West Virginia’s Division of Natural Resources Monday announced that it will partner with the State Rail Authority to improve and streamline operations at Pocahontas County’s historic Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. The partnership will transfer responsibility for Cass’ r... FULL STORY

Detour at Bluestone State Park Entrance
October 28, 2014

HINTON, West Virginia –The entrance to Bluestone State Park will be temporarily closed Nov. 3 - Dec. 10, 2014, as part of the new Lilly Bridge construction crossing Bluestone Lake near the entrance of the park. Brayman Construction Corp., Mountaineer Contractors, Inc., The West Virgin... FULL STORY

Ride the Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad
October 21, 2014

CASS, West Virginia – Tickets are still available for the annual Halloween Train at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park Oct. 25. The ride leaves the depot at 6 p.m. and travels to Whittaker Station for a rare night journey. Reservations are required to assure a seat for this popular excursion. Riders ar... FULL STORY

State Park Adds Final Fall Dinner Riverboat Cruise
October 19, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A final fall dinner and cruise is scheduled for Oct. 25, according to Blennerhassett Island State Park Superintendent Matt Baker. “These dinner cruises have been popular and we’ve had requests for an additional one during the fall foliage season. We plan to schedule more... FULL STORY

Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend
October 17, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – Enjoy the peaceful setting that North Bend State Park offers during the fall Quilters Get-A-Way Weekend Oct. 22-26. This four-day experience is a relaxing time to spend working on unfinished projects or taking a class to learn from skilled quilters. “North Bend ... FULL STORY

Take a Hike to View Ten Miles of Fall Foliage
October 8, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – Take a hike on the North Bend Rail Trail Oct. 11 and enjoy 10 miles of Ritchie County fall foliage. “This is one of the best times of the year to experience the historic Pennsboro Railroad Depot, the small town charm of Pennsboro and Ellenboro, natural springs, ... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island by Night
October 7, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – What was it like to live on an island without electricity? Visitors will have the opportunity to find out during the annual Mansion by Candlelight Tour at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11. The Mansion by Candl... FULL STORY

Celebrate the Heron at Beech Fork State Park
October 7, 2014

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Heron Fest is a family fun day at West Virginia’s largest state park campground, Beech Fork State Park. The Oct. 11 event includes free pontoon boat rides and hay rides, children’s games, arts and crafts, gospel music and other events and activities throughout the day.... FULL STORY

State Park fills October Weekends with Fun Events
October 6, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – October weekends at North Bend State Park in Ritchie County are a cornucopia of activities. “There is no better time to enjoy the outdoors with color changes, pleasant temperatures and seasonal activities,” said Ken Zebo, North Bend’s activities coordinator. He is well known b... FULL STORY

Celebrate “Park-tober” in West Virginia
October 2, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Fall kicks in during October, and West Virginia State Parks are celebrating “Park-tober” by offering a wide variety of lodging discounts and special events to appeal to everyone from leaf peepers to rail riders. “October is when the temperatures becom... FULL STORY

Final Walk Between the Parks Event
September 25, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia– The final Walk Between the Parks event of 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4. The walk between Canaan Valley Resort State Park and Blackwater Falls State Park is an 8-mile / 4-hour scenic hike and is considered moderately strenuous. “In the fall, the Walk Bet... FULL STORY

Fall Dinner and River Boat Cruises
September 22, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Country-style dinners and sternwheeler cruises on the Island Belle are planned for Sept. 27 and Oct. 18 by Blennerhassett Island State Park. The Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers are the waterways and fall foliage is the focus. The evening boarding of the Isl... FULL STORY

Horseback Riding at Babcock State Park
September 16, 2014

Horseback Riding at Babcock State Park Available through September 21, 2014 CLIFFTOP, West Virginia -- Horseback riding is a pleasant and peaceful journey through the shaded and beautiful trails of Babcock State Park. The guided trail rides feature a unique creek crossing and nice views of rock f... FULL STORY

Battle of Carnifex Ferry re-enactment
September 11, 2014

SUMMERSVILLE, West Virginia – The Battle of Carnifex Ferry will be re-enacted Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at 2 p.m. upon the same ground as the original conflict of Sept. 10, 1861. The re-enactment is hosted by the 36th VA Vol. Infantry and Carnifex Ferry Battlefield State Park. Past re-e... FULL STORY

Battle Days with “On the Drum” Demonstration
September 10, 2014

POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia – Anyone interested in literally digging into the past will have that opportunity Sept. 13-14 at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park. The West Virginia Archaeological Society (WVAS) and the University of Kentucky (UK) are sponsoring and conducting an archaeological dig at Tu-Endie-... FULL STORY

Hey Ranger!
September 9, 2014

CALDWELL, West Virginia – Jesse Anderson is a park ranger at Greenbrier State Forest. His title is superintendent, but visitors and guests to West Virginia’s state parks and forests generally just say “Hey ranger!” The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) has nominated ... FULL STORY

Mary Ingles 18th Century Encampment
September 8, 2014

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Cherokee leader Ostenaco (circa 1703-1780) will be portrayed by Doug Wood of Hurricane as part of the Mary Ingles 18th century encampment at Beech Fork State Park. The presentation is part of the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and will b... FULL STORY

Aunt Jennie Music Festival
August 29, 2014

LOGAN, West Virginia -- The 10th annual Aunt Jennie Music Festival is Labor Day Weekend at Chief Logan State Park. Logan native Roger Bryant, grandson of West Virginia folk legend “Aunt Jennie” Wilson, will serve as emcee this year for the August 30 and August 31 event. Bryant, who has shared the st... FULL STORY

Social Media Creates Dining-out Interest
August 21, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Restaurants at West Virginia’s state parks have an increasing presence on social media and that has resulted in an increase in customers at those restaurants, according to David Pruitt, assistant superintendent at Cacapon State Park. Cacapon and North Bend state par... FULL STORY

“The Frontier Table” is set at Blennerhassett
August 20, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Local historians Martha and Richard “Dick” Hartley have spent the past 25 years researching the food that early settlers in Western Virginia prepared and ate. Unearthing more than 230 reference sources, they have assembled little-known facts and fascinating anecdotes abo... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 18-31
August 12, 2014

Aug. 21-23: Camp Barefoot 8 Music and Art Festival, Bartow 800-336-7009 http://www.campbarefoot.org/ Camp Barefoot 8 is a three-day camping event featuring local, regional and national musical acts. The styles range from bluegrass, jazz, electronic, rock and reggae, just to name a few. CB8 also f... FULL STORY

Summer’s not over yet at Canaan Valley State Park
August 7, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. – It may be back-to-school time, but opportunities for warm-weather outdoor fun continue at Canaan Valley State Park. The same slopes that host thousands of skiers in the winter also are great fun in the offseason, spring through fall. “Winter was great last year, with m... FULL STORY

Tomblin Hosts Nationwide Launch of Bon Appetit Map
July 16, 2014

Guide lists popular culinary offerings throughout Appalachian region CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chairman Earl F. Gohl today in announcing the nationwide premier of the Bon Appétit Appalachia culinary map-guide. The announcement c... FULL STORY

Moth Night on Blennerhassett Island
July 9, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia –The Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the West Virginia Master Naturalist program, in conjunction with Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, is sponsoring a “Moth Watch” outing on Blennerhassett Island, Sunday evening, July 27. Participants will board the Island Belle ste... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 21 – Aug. 3
July 9, 2014

Jackson County Junior Fair: July 21-26, Cottageville Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Junior Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and well attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy entertainment for the whole family -- featuring farm fresh produce, o... FULL STORY

Let’s Root for the Trees at Blennerhassett Island
July 3, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – A visit to Blennerhassett Island is steeped in history. The island is also a wildlife habitat. Join the “Nature Nuts” and learn more about the natural habitat and history of Blennerhassett Island July 5. “Trees Have Feet, Too” is a guided discovery walk a... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 7-20
July 1, 2014

Pioneer Days: July 9-13, Marlinton Music, games, and demonstrations highlight the event that many come “back home” to celebrate. Attractions and activities will include: craft and quilt show, food vendors, carnival, flea market, horseshoe pitching, parades, youth events, contests, demonstrations,... FULL STORY

Outdoor Adventure Weekends
June 28, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – North Bend State Park helps people get interested in outdoor recreation by offering hikes, swimming and games on a daily basis. However, physical activity options are being cranked up with mountain bike and kayak clinics scheduled over three summer “Outdoor Adventure Weekends.... FULL STORY

"Linger Longer" at Cabwaylingo State Forest
June 26, 2014

DUNLOW, West Virginia – Four county names blended creates a tongue twister for one of West Virginia’s often overlooked vacation destinations: Cabwaylingo State Forest near Dunlow in Wayne County. Four area counties, Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln and Mingo create this unique forest’s name. This summer, a sp... FULL STORY

Got Talent? – Family Fun at Beech Fork State Park
June 24, 2014

BARBOURSVILLE, West Virginia – Beech Fork State Park is giving performers a chance to show off their talents June 28, 2014. Singers, dancers, comedians or individuals and families with other special talents are welcome. The acts must be appropriate for children, as this a family frien... FULL STORY

Island Frolic and Picnic Meal
June 23, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – The summer season’s first of three “Island Frolic and Picnic Meals” is set for Saturday, June 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m at Blennerhassett Island State Park. “If you’re looking for something out-of-the-ordinary to do with your family, try a relaxing ev... FULL STORY

Rendezvous on the River
June 21, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia – Blennerhassett Island will be transformed June 25-28 as it becomes the setting for Rendezvous on the River, when re-enactors will present a living history of early frontier life. This annual event is sponsored by the West Virginia Muzzleloader Association and Blennerhass... FULL STORY

“At-A-Park” for Things To Do
June 19, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Sunshine fuels summer outdoor activities at West Virginia’s state parks, and visitors have many from which to choose when “At-A-Park.” Visit www.wvstateparks and look for the “At-A-Park” links or check park bulletin boards when visiting this summer for lists of fun ... FULL STORY

Howling and Prowling at Blackwater Falls
June 17, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – Bears, snakes and coyotes: what should you know about them? West Virginia Day weekend at Blackwater Falls State Park, June 20-22, includes coyote and bear programs by wildlife biologist Karen McClure, a former employee of the Division of Natural Resources and Project WILD inst... FULL STORY

Pre-West Virginia Day Weekend Events Plentiful
June 13, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia –West Virginia Day, June 20, is on a Friday this year. However, the weekend prior to the state holiday, June 12-15, boasts a wide variety of things to do with family and friends at West Virginia state parks. For example, Cass Scenic Railroad is hoping for clear skies ... FULL STORY

Mountain Heritage and Wine Festival
June 11, 2014

ROANOKE, West Virginia – Arts and crafts enthusiasts, wine lovers and those interested in West Virginia and Appalachian culture are invited to attend the Mountain Heritage and Wine Festival at Stonewall Resort State Park Saturday, June 14, 2014. Mike Hager, general manager of Stonewal... FULL STORY

State Park Naturalist Activities
June 7, 2014

WAYNE COUNTY, West Virginia -- The largest campground at a West Virginia state park is located at Beech Fork State Park, which has 275 campsites. Part of the popularity of Beech Fork and many of West Virginia’s state parks is the free activities planned by the naturalist and recreational programmer... FULL STORY

Fred E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum Tour
June 6, 2014

POCAHONTAS COUNTY, West Virginia -- It's National Trails Day on June 7. To celebrate the occasion, Watoga State Park has planned a guided hike that begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Arboretum parking lot and will conclude around 2:00 p.m. The hike is a 4 1/2 mile loop around the Arboretum. “It’s a gui... FULL STORY

Pipestem Lost its Marbles
June 3, 2014

Pipestem State Park is expanding outdoor recreation options in 2014. The introduction of a dirt and NASCAR-style RC (radio controlled car) track occurred in 2012, a disc golf course debuted in 2013 and in 2014, this Summers County destination has found its Murbles. Yes, that’s right... FULL STORY

State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day
June 2, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s state parks extend an invitation to take a hike to help celebrate The American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day event. This year the national promotion is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014. “Public parks, organizations and outdoor enth... FULL STORY

Family Trails Weekend
June 2, 2014

CAIRO, West Virginia – National Trails Day, June 7, 2014, is the country’s largest celebration of trails according to Americanhiking.org. North Bend State Park near Cairo in Ritchie County is turning the one-day celebration into a weekend of family oriented activities with an outdoor focus June 6-8.... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory June 9 – June 22
May 29, 2014

3rd Annual Capitol City Biker Bash: Jun. 12-14, Haddad Riverfront Park and Kanawha Boulevard, Charleston The city of Charleston closes a four-lane highway for all motorcycle enthusiasts to come and enjoy music, food, various vendors, poker run, special rides, a motorcycle giveaway, and much more... FULL STORY

State Forest, Park Recognized by Singletracks.com
May 29, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, West Virginia – Kanawha State Forest and North Bend State Park have been listed #5 and #7 respectively in the best mountain bike trails in West Virginia by Singletracks.com, according to Steve Jones, superintendent at North Bend. Singletracks.com has ranked the best mountain bike t... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Mansion by Candlelight
May 25, 2014

PARKERSBURG, West Virginia - The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has selected “Mansion by Candlelight” as a Top 20 event to attend in the month of October. This year the event is scheduled for Oct. 10 and 11 at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park in Parkersburg. Organized by B... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory May 26 – June 8
May 16, 2014

Whispers in the Wind: May 26, Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont Hear the voices of those who lived and died on the frontier through a historically based performance written by Fairmont State University students under the direction of Dr. Fran Kirk. The original work will be performed at 7 p.m.... FULL STORY

Heavy Rains Creating Weekend Woes
May 16, 2014

Heavy rains over the past two days and rising water levels have caused problems at some West Virginia state parks that may disrupt weekend plans. Tygart Lake Marina opened today but has met with flooding and rising water, according to Paul Redford, district administrator for West Virginia State ... FULL STORY

Amp Up with a Summer Amphitheater Pass at Pipestem
May 8, 2014

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The summer amphitheater season is about to get underway at Pipestem Resort State Park, and this year, for the first time, a season pass will be available for the whole series of events. “The outdoor amphitheater setting at the resort state park is unique to the area ... FULL STORY

Woggers Welcome at Pipestem State Park
May 1, 2014

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Pipestem State Park during the early morning and late evening is the place to be if you’re a wogger. What’s a wogger? “It’s an opportunity for our guests to walk or jog, or as we call it, ‘wog,’ on the golf course before play begins in the morning or after it ends in... FULL STORY

10th Annual Engines & Wheels Festival
May 1, 2014

CAIRO, W.Va. – Visit an old-fashioned turn-of-the-century oil field and industrial and farm machinery at North Bend State Park’s 10th annual Antique Engines & Wheels Weekend, Saturday, May 3. Visitors can see and learn how these engines, wheels and antique machinery became the workhorses of a gener... FULL STORY

State Treasurer welcomes Moneyville exhibit
April 30, 2014

BECKLEY – West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue joined state and local dignitaries to introduce the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia’s newest traveling exhibit, Moneyville. “When I first heard about Moneyville, I knew it was a perfect opportunity for the youth of our state,” said Treas... FULL STORY

State Park Management Contract Awarded
April 30, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. - A management contract to operate Canaan Valley Resort State Park near Davis in Tucker County has been awarded to US Hotel and Resort Management, Inc., according to Paul Redford, district administrator with the West Virginia State Park system. The current management contractor, Guest S... FULL STORY

April 2014 Events at West Virginia’s State Parks
April 23, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring wildflower walks and volunteer days at many of West Virginia’s state parks are planned as April’s quirky weather yields to the merry month of May. Campgrounds are open and events and activities are increasing as summer approaches. Wildflower Walks April 26 ... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Apr. 28 – May 11
April 18, 2014

Rally in the Valley: May 1-4, Williamson One of the coolest motorcycle rallies in the east with hundreds of miles of curves on the Appalachian Mountain roads around Williamson. Additional activities and attractions include lots of food, various vendors, numerous bands, bike show, Miss Rally in t... FULL STORY

State Park’s Swimming Beach Area is Reopening
April 16, 2014

GRAFTON, W.Va. - Tygart Lake State Park’s beach area is scheduled to open May 24, 2014, after being closed for six years for renovation and to meet safety codes. “It all depends upon our ability to find lifeguards and for the lake water to pass quality testing for swimming purposes,”... FULL STORY

Rollin’ on the River Get-togethers in 2014
April 15, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Those planning family or group gatherings can take advantage of paddlewheel charters aboard the Island Belle sternwheeler this summer. Evening excursions on the Ohio River for birthday parties, graduations, family reunions, office parties and other events can be scheduled with B... FULL STORY

Spring Views at West Virginia's State Parks
April 11, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Spring wildflower walks, birding programs and quiet cabin settings are spring tonics at West Virginia’s State Parks and Forests. Many spring-related events, programs and discounts are available to visitors in April and May. A mid-week cabin rental promotion t... FULL STORY

Wildflower Walks at Kanawha State Forest
April 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The annual Osbra Eye Memorial Wildflower Walks are scheduled Saturday, April 26, 2014, at Kanawha State Forest near Charleston, W.Va. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the swimming pool area. A variety of guided walks featuring topics that include wildflowers, me... FULL STORY

Global Gathering of Professional Trail Builders
April 9, 2014

ROANOKE, W.Va. – Stonewall Resort State Park in Lewis County has received a number of improvements during the past week, thanks to nearly 300 people who attended a global gathering for professional trail builders. Seven countries and 44 U.S. states sent 286 representatives to the Prof... FULL STORY

Stonewall Resort State Park Marina to Open
April 5, 2014

ROANOKE, W.Va. - Stonewall Resort State Park’s 370-plus slip marina opened for the season Saturday, April 5,, 2014. Stonewall Jackson Lake, near Weston in Lewis Couunty, is 26 miles long and has 82 miles of shoreline, making it the second largest lake in West Virginia. “The marina ha... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Apr. 14 – Apr. 27
April 3, 2014

Annual Spring Bird Walk #1: Apr. 19, Prickett’s Fort State Park, Fairmont Meet at the visitor’s center at 8 a.m. to celebrate the joys of spring with a Saturday morning bird walk. The staff of the West Virginia Department Resources will lead the public on this annual rite of passage. Be sure to w... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Mar. 31 – Apr. 13
March 22, 2014

"Magic Beans & Beanstalks" Traveling Exhibit: Now until May 5, Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley, Wheeling This hands-on exhibit, with a 10-foot-tall beanstalk, encourages children to plant their own seeds, learn about the importance of sun for vegetation, and discover why leaves change colors... FULL STORY

March Weekend Budding with Activities
March 20, 2014

A variety of activities and special events are planned at many of West Virginia’s state parks the weekend of March 21-23. From Pickin’ in the Park guitar weekend at Twin Falls to Amazing Amphibians at Cacapon State Park, there are plenty of reasons to visit and enjoy the first weekend of spring. ... FULL STORY

As Luck Would Have It, There’s Plenty to Do
March 14, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - You don’t need the “luck of the Irish” to enjoy a variety of events and activities scheduled at many of West Virginia’s state parks the weekend of March 14 into St. Patrick’s Day, Monday, March 17. Irish Festival at Pipestem Resort State Park March 14-16 includes Irish ... FULL STORY

Spring Cleanup with Camping at Beech Fork
March 7, 2014

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Spring cleaning is usually considered an indoors chore, but for the sixth year, Beech Fork State Park will be asking volunteers to work outdoors to help make the park shine while earning a camping reward. Beech Fork Asst. Supt. Dillard Price and his staff are hosting the sixth... FULL STORY

Second Annual Celebration of Diversity
February 25, 2014

Celebration to be held Friday, February 28 at the Culture Center CHARLESTON, W.Va. (February 25, 2014) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the State's second annual Black History Month Celebration of Diversity will be held Friday, February 28 at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. The... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Mar. 3-16
February 20, 2014

Harlem Globetrotters: Mar. 11, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been thrilling families and millions of fans for 88 years, all the while innovating the game in exciting ways. Last year, the Globetrotters did something unparalleled in the history of s... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Feb. 17 – Mar. 2
February 5, 2014

Weirton’s Restaurant Tour: Feb. 18, Weirton The Top of West Virginia has joined with four Weirton restaurants to offer the first Weirton Restaurant Tour on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Weirton Restaurant Tour will run from at 5:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. Diners will meet at the Serbian-American Cultural Center, ... FULL STORY

Chill Seekers and Chill Chasers Look to W.Va.Parks
February 3, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Winter is a challenge. For many, it’s a matter of deciding how to enjoy snow and colder temperatures; for others, it’s deciding where to bundle up by a fire and relax. State parks in West Virginia can accommodate both the chill seekers and the chill chasers. From a Cardb... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Feb. 3-16
January 29, 2014

Hair: Feb. 3, The Clay Center, Charleston The Public Theater’s new Tony Award-winning production of Hair is an electric celebration on stage! This exuberant musical about a group of young Americans searching for peace and love in a turbulent time has struck a resonant chord with audiences young a... FULL STORY

Carter G. Woodson, Father of Black History
January 27, 2014

ANSTED, W.Va. - Local poet Norman Jordan will present a dynamic performance of Carter G. Woodson, the “Father of Black History,” Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, at Hawks Nest State Park in Fayette County. Woodson spent his young adult years in West Virginia as a railroad worker, coal miner, t... FULL STORY

More Snow Fun at Canaan Valley
January 26, 2014

DAVIS, W.Va. – If the weather’s going to be cold, you may as well enjoy it. Canaan Valley Resort State Park is known for excellent downhill skiing with natural snow augmented with machine-produced snow. With 43 trails and a vertical drop of 850 feet, Canaan Valley offers beginners to advanced skiers... FULL STORY

It’s Holly by Golly in 2014
January 24, 2014

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - Holly River State Park is resilient. Two major storms in less than six months – a derecho followed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012 – put the park squarely back into the 18th century by extinguishing electricity and wreaking havoc on the park’s infrastructure, resulting in several ... FULL STORY

Country-Western Dance Weekend
January 21, 2014

PIPESTEM, W.Va. - Karen Mudge and Eddie Bowles of Kickin’ Kountry Couples are dance instructors at Pipestem Resort State Park’s Country-Western Dance Weekend Jan. 24-26, 2014. The weekend includes Friday and Saturday evenings of open dance with dance reviews. “New dances will be taug... FULL STORY

Hawks Nest Winter Evenings Are Diverse
January 19, 2014

ANSTED, W.Va. - Three special evenings are featured in January and February at Hawks Nest State Park that offer diverse entertainment: magic and comedy, historic presentation and country music. “The evenings include dinner and a show with the option of staying at Hawks Nest Lodge,” s... FULL STORY

Outdoor Finery and Indoor Stay-ability
January 17, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Whether the natural elements are cold or moderate, many state parks in West Virginia are open for a trip-away option at lodges, cabins and even some campgrounds. January lodging and camping discounts are being offered at some facilities. “Visits in winter mon... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Jan. 20 – Feb. 2
January 15, 2014

Spa Month: Now until Jan. 26, Berkeley Springs Indulge yourself at this moveable spa feast. Every weekend in January, more than two dozen vendors and practitioners will be offering services at a standard cost of $1 per minute. Activities and attractions include classes, lectures, demonstrations,... FULL STORY

Plan a Nature Excursion
January 12, 2014

LOST CREEK, W.Va. – Watters Smith Memorial State Park in Harrison County is a day-use park that preserves a pioneer homestead of the late 1870s. The park features picnicking and hiking trails in addition to a museum and farm structures. “Introducing park visitors to our natural surro... FULL STORY

Weekends in the Park
January 9, 2014

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – People who visit a West Virginia state park in winter months will find trails for hiking, rooms and cabins for winter retreats with family and friends, and nature-based activities. Saturdays at Cacapon State Park near Berkeley Springs offer free events to brighten wintry da... FULL STORY

North Bend State Park’s Winter Wonder Weekend
December 25, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. - An Olympic-sized weekend of activities and fun is planned at the 2014 North Bend State Park Winter Wonder Weekend. The annual event theme is Winter Olympics and includes crafts, games, parade and carnival. Outdoor winter sports feature sled riding (weather permitting), winter hikes an... FULL STORY

Good Food at Canaan Valley Resort Awaits
December 24, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - Holiday buffets are special events at Canaan Valley Resort State Park near Davis, W.Va. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s parties are big attractions. Thanksgiving features an expanded buffet, Christmas includes family and skiing options, and the New Year’s Eve packa... FULL STORY

Winter Rate Advantages at State Park
December 22, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - A variety of rate packages are available at Canaan Valley Resort to encourage all ages to get outside in the wintry months. “Outdoor recreation is a four-season experience at Canaan, but when temperatures are colder and there is snowfall, winter recreation is exceptio... FULL STORY

State Parks Creates a "WV50" for January 2014
December 20, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – WV50 is a “visit a state park” promotion to encourage friends, families and meeting planners to use lodge facilities at seven of West Virginia’s vacation state parks: Cacapon Resort, Chief Logan Lodge, Hawks Nest, North Bend, Pipestem Resort, Twin Falls Resort and Tygart La... FULL STORY

State Parks Encourage Visits and Warm Memories
December 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Generally blanketed in white, West Virginia’s mountains and valleys yield outstanding winter options for outdoor recreation as well as creature comforts. Fireplaces in cabins, hearty soups and meals at state restaurants, and an abundance of special weekends and reduced rate... FULL STORY

Lights Along the Midland Trail
December 14, 2013

ANSTED, W.Va. - Lights Along the Midland Trail is just the right amount of lights to make things merry and bright at Hawks Nest State Park. Located on Route 60 at Ansted, more than 30 unique holiday displays are located on the state park ground. Visitors can drive slowly around the s... FULL STORY

Park Lodge Open Year-Round
December 9, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Tygart Lake State Park Lodge near Grafton is now open year-round, providing a view in all seasons of West Virginia’s fourth-largest body of water with 1,750 acres of recreational surface. It’s a new era for lodge operations at Tygart, according Brennon O’Sullivan, park superintenden... FULL STORY

Winter Activities and Getaways
December 6, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. - With onset of wintry weather, family and friends look to West Virginia State Parks for things to do close to home. And sometimes, folks look for state parks that are a little farther from home for a winter vacation or trip away. “It’s all in how you face and brace for winter,” said Kr... FULL STORY

Christmas Lights Begin at Chief Logan State Park
November 29, 2013

LOGAN, W.Va. - Chief Logan State Park celebrates the season with Christmas in the Park and more than a mile of holiday lights. Christmas in the Park is an annual drive-through lighting display event with nearly 200 display pieces. The light show runs from Nov. 28, 2013, through Jan. 1, 2014, from da... FULL STORY

Remembering President John Kennedy
November 22, 2013

Plaque commemorates day that forever tied Kennedy to our hearts and minds CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin unveiled and re-dedicated the plaque in the lower rotunda commemorating the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Gov. Tomblin issued ... FULL STORY

Cold Temperatures Bring Out The TF10s
November 16, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - The TechnoAlpin TF10s are the big snow guns at the Canaan Valley Resort ski areas and this week’s cold temperatures have them shooting snow in preparation for the new winter sports season. Weighing in at less than at ton and a length of almost 6 feet, the snow gun fleet at Canaan Vall... FULL STORY

Droop Mountain Soldiers Remembered
November 14, 2013

HILLSBORO, W.Va. - All men at the battle of Droop Mountain were veterans. On Nov. 6, 1863, Federal and Confederate soldiers engaged in the last significant Civil War battle in what is now West Virginia. Seven score and 10 years since that battle, to the date, a monument and memorial ... FULL STORY

November Starts The Holiday Spirit at W. Va Parks
November 12, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Late November is the start of the holiday season, and in 2013, West Virginia state parks are getting ready. “All of the lodge parks will be decorating for the season and encouraging families and friends to visit during these hectic times and enjoy some holid... FULL STORY

Monument Dedication: The Battle of Droop Mountain
November 4, 2013

HILLSBORO, W.Va. – The Battle of Droop Mountain was fought Nov. 6, 1863, and was a major turning point of the Civil War. On Nov. 6, 2013, 150 years to the day, a memorial service and native stone monument will be unveiled at Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park near Hillsboro in Pocahontas County. ... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Nov. 11-24
November 2, 2013

Winter Festival of Lights: Now until Jan. 5, Oglebay Resort, Wheeling Since 1985, the Winter Festival of Lights has been delighting visitors of all ages! This annual holiday light show is one of the nation’s largest, covering more than 300 acres over a six-mile drive throughout the resort. All d... FULL STORY

West Virginia State Parks Recognize Veterans
October 30, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Veterans staying at a West Virginia state park the first two weeks of November are eligible for special overnight rates. “The Veterans Day appreciation program has been offered for many years,” said Paul Redford, district administrator for West Virginia Stat... FULL STORY

36th Annual Pipestem Pumpkin Run
October 24, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – A combination of foot races, a walk and a fun run with a Halloween theme is being offered at Pipestem Resort State Park Saturday, Oct. 26. The 36th annual Pumpkin Run includes a 5-K run, a 10-K run, a 5-K walk and a Fun Run. The Pumpkin Run is organized by the South... FULL STORY

WV State Parks Packed With Activities
October 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - From a singles disc golf tournament at Pipestem Resort in Summers County to a moonlight walk at Cacapon Resort in Morgan County, West Virginia’s state parks offer many fall activity options the weekend of Oct. 18-20. “State parks in West Virginia remain open this time ... FULL STORY

American Crow Calls Visitors to Kanawha Forest
October 13, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Join Kanawha State Forest Naturalist Sara Miller and Master Naturalist Lynn Hartman for the Bird of the Month Program Oct. 19 at 11 a.m. “Our Bird of the Month for October is the American crow,” said Sara Miller, Kanawha State Forest naturalist. “The crow is a hig... FULL STORY

Birding and Banding at Tygart Lake State Park
October 11, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Three days of birding and banding activities for novices and avid birders alike are planned at Tygart Lake State Park Friday through Sunday, Oct. 11-13. Leading the activities will be master bird bander Joey Heron and Tygart State Park activities coordinator Stephanie Bailey. ... FULL STORY

Fall Foliage Brilliant This Year at Cass
October 9, 2013

CASS, W.Va. - Mountain Ash (Sorbus americana) berries are bright red and abundant in higher elevations found at state parks such as Blackwater Falls, but perhaps the best way to see them is to ride the train at Cass Scenic Railroad in October. “At Cass, in addition to the ash berries, fall foliage i... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Mansion by Candlelight
October 6, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The Mansion by Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett, began in 1996 and has become the island’s most popular annual event, according to Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park Supt. Matt Baker. Mansion by Candlelight is Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oc... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Oct. 14-27
October 4, 2013

Fall Harvest Days at Green Acres: Now and every weekend until Oct. 29, Rock Cave Activities and attractions include: corn maze, hay rides, popcorn, pumpkin patch, apple cider, caramel apples, farm tours, games, food and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.... FULL STORY

State Parks, Forests and Facilities Are Open
October 3, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – All of the parks, forests, campgrounds, trails, lodges, cabins, golf courses and other recreational facilities operated by the Parks and Recreation Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources will continue operations as normal. “We encourage... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island Brunch with Margaret
October 3, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Enjoy a morning cruise to Blennerhassett Island hosted by Margaret Blennerhassett Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013. Margaret will provide a glimpse into the 18th-century frontier life she and Harman experienced while living on Blennerhassett Island. She will share intriguing stories abo... FULL STORY

W.Va. DNR Offers October State Parks Discounts
October 1, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Fall foliage is an invitation to visit West Virginia, and the State Parks and Recreation Section of the state Division of Natural Resources is extending that invitation with a number of October discounts. State parks and forests generally recognize an increas... FULL STORY

State Park Smart Code Yields Reduced Room Rates
September 28, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – People are using their smartphones for nearly everything, and the latest innovation involves getting an automatic discount when making lodging reservations online at Tygart Lake State Park. It’s called a “Smart Code” and there are two available. Reservations made onli... FULL STORY

Horseback riding at Babcock State Park a Treat
September 28, 2013

CLIFFTOP, W.Va. - Horseback riding through the shaded and beautiful trails of Babcock State Park is a pleasant and peaceful journey. “Riding a horse on the trails is a different experience in the fall than in the summer, because the park’s elevation means the leaves turn color earlier... FULL STORY

Fall Classic Car Show at North Bend
September 26, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. - The Ritchie County Car Club and North Bend State Park invite the public to the fifth annual Fall Classic Car Show, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. “There is no better setting for a day of fun, music, food and beautiful cars than North Bend,” said Kristi Steed, group services c... FULL STORY

Rebellion in the Hills at Chief Logan State
September 24, 2013

LOGAN, W.Va. – President Lincoln speaks from the train, battles are reenacted, dancers have an evening, and a war surgeon interpreter amputates a leg as part of weekend activities, demonstrations, and interpretive programs at Chief Logan State Park Sept. 28-29, 2013. Rebellion in the ... FULL STORY

Pumpkin Patches, Hay and Corn Mazes Back in Season
September 21, 2013

Charleston, W.Va. – If you and your family are wondering where the closest places are to find the family pumpkin, take a hay ride, or get lost in a corn maze this season, look no further. West Virginia is full of agritourism venues to help get you in the fall spirit. Arnold Farm – Romney, WV – Co... FULL STORY

Coopers Rock State Forest Campground Remains Open
September 20, 2013

BRUCETON MILLS, W.Va. – Fall campers are reminded that Coopers Rock State Forest campground will remain open through Oct. 31, and will reopen for the 2014 season April 1. The campground offers 25 sites with electric hookups. Twelve sites are designated for advance reservations. Children's playground... FULL STORY

Harvest Day at Cass Scenic Railroad
September 19, 2013

CASS, W.Va. - Green foliage tipped in fall colors and crisp temperatures at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is an invitation to Harvest Day activities Sept. 21. “In addition to the daily train runs – Bald Knob at noon, and Whittaker Station at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. – there is a ... FULL STORY

State Parks Provide Public Service Opportunities
September 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Throughout the next two weeks, West Virginia state parks will offer opportunities for residents and visitors to take part in the Day to Serve initiative. Last month, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin asked all West Virginians to volunteer at least one day between Sept. 15 and Sept. 29... FULL STORY

September Weekends at Cacapon State Park
September 13, 2013

BEREKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Fall hikes, an area birding festival, Day to Serve opportunities, and “Bonkers for Bats” programs are scheduled at Cacapon Resort State Park on weekends in September. Naturalist and activities coordinator Renee Fincham organizes and conducts activities to create nature an... FULL STORY

Fall Photography Workshop
September 8, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. - Capture the beauty of nature at Twin Falls Resort State Park, located southwest of Beckley, during the Fall Photography Workshop September 20-22, 2013. “Those who enjoy digital cameras will find this weekend event to be exactly what they are looking for,” said Bryan D... FULL STORY

Legacy of Mary Ingles Event
September 6, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - The Legacy of Mary Ingles, in its 25th year, is an 18th century living history weekend September 12-15 at Beech Fork State Park. Visitors and guests are introduced to the lifestyle of our pioneering ancestors through demonstrations and the portrayal of life in 1755 that Mary I... FULL STORY

State Park Adds Sightseeing and Dinner Cruises
September 4, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Tygart Lake State Park has several popular water options. The park has recently added sightseeing and dinner cruises for folks looking for a few hours on the lake during their visit. Tygart Lake is West Virginia’s fourth-largest body of water with 1,750 acres of recr... FULL STORY

W.Va. Camping and Cabin Getaways
September 2, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With students returning to school, September finds weekends busy with sports and parks generally a little more relaxed for camping, a round of golf or a stay in a cabin. “Fall foliage begins to turn in mid-September in higher elevations, and temperatures, pa... FULL STORY

Labor Day Weekend at Canaan Valley
August 30, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Labor Day Weekend starts off with a bang at a Sporting Clay Shoot-out Competition at Canaan Valley State Park Saturday, August 31. “It’s a first time event at the park’s new sporting clay shooting range,” said Lenore Testerman, park activities coordinator. Registration... FULL STORY

Brush Creek Falls Area is Closed to Swimming
August 29, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is announcing that the Brush Creek Falls natural area near Pipestem State Park is now off limits to swimming. “The public’s safety is always of paramount concern in operating any type of outdoors facility, and waterfal... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Sept. 2 – Sept.15
August 27, 2013

Pennsboro Country Roads Festival: Sept. 5-7, Pennsboro Pennsboro is the place to be Sept. 5-7. The theme for this year's festival is "Picture Perfect." Activities and attractions include: children’s pageant, musical entertainment, photo contest, car show, food vendors, carnival rides, zip lines,... FULL STORY

“Walking in the Footsteps of Soldiers”
August 26, 2013

HILLSBORO, W.Va. - The Battle of Droop Mountain occurred on November 6, 1863. On November 6, 2013, 150 years ago to the date and time, a group of individuals will arrive at the battlefield after an overnight hike that commemorates the route taken by Echols’ Brigade, Confederate Army of Southwestern... FULL STORY

Emily Campbell, 2013 American Honey Princess
August 22, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Emily Campbell, the 2013 American Honey Princess, will be in Parkersburg speaking for the West Virginia Honey Festival this weekend. Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will be hosting Emily at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23. Emily will speak to guests about the importance o... FULL STORY

Little Beaver State Park Campground
August 22, 2013

BEAVER, W.Va. – Camping season is still underway in West Virginia, and the newest campground in the West Virginia State Parks system at Little Beaver State Park in Raleigh County is an appealing option for those looking for a remote atmosphere while having major highway access. “The c... FULL STORY

State Park Presents Dinner & Cruise Evening
August 20, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – A sternwheeler ride on the Ohio River, dinner and Motown-sound concert is a winning combination Friday, Sept. 6 in Parkersburg, W.Va. Purchase your ticket and board the Island Belle sternwheeler for a country-style dinner and boat ride. Upon return to Point Park, enjoy the eveni... FULL STORY

Kanawha State Forest Bird of the Month for August
August 18, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s international flight time for the Cerulean warbler. This bird winters in Colombia, South America, and she’ll be taking off soon, according to Master Naturalists Lynn Hartman and Sara Miller. A program about Cerulean warblers and a bird walk are scheduled for ... FULL STORY

SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls
August 17, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. - SeptemberFest at Blackwater Falls State Park is four days and three nights of activities, good food and entertainment. “It has elements of a cruise without the ocean, a sort of ‘terra-cruise,’” said Paulita Cousin, activities coordinator. SeptemberFest, scheduled for S... FULL STORY

WV State Parks Offer Special Events
August 15, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – There’s still a lot of summer to enjoy, and many activities are available in late August at West Virginia’s state parks. While most activities are free of charge, some have modest fees and all are open to the public. Cass Scenic Railroad features bluegrass music, daily t... FULL STORY

Beech Fork State Park Activities
August 15, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - Although school is back in session in many counties in West Virginia, activities at Beech Fork State Park near Huntington and Barboursville continue to encourage campers and park visitors to stay outside and enjoy late summer weather. The campground remains busy and the park i... FULL STORY

“Remembering Our Roots”
August 14, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – “Remembering Our Roots” is a wildly appropriate theme for wild food enthusiasts who will be meeting for the 46th Annual Nature Wonder Wild Foods Weekend at North Bend State Park Sept. 20-22, 2013. The event, North America’s premier and longest-running wild foods event, begins Friday e... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 19 – Sept. 1
August 14, 2013

17th Annual Appalachian Festival: Aug. 23-25, Beckley and throughout Raleigh County The Appalachian Festival is a compilation of multiple events held throughout Raleigh County over three days in late August each year. Now in its 17th year, the festival continues to expand to showcase several eve... FULL STORY

Geocache Challenge to Celebrate State's Birthday
August 8, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced West Virginia's official geocaching enthusiast group, ExploreWV, is celebrating the Mountain State's 150th Birthday by launching the Civil War GeoTrail, the group's fourth geocache challenge. The kick-off event begins at 11 a.m. at Camp Virgi... FULL STORY

Conditions Improving at Holly River State Park
August 6, 2013

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - The restoration of electric service at Holly River State Park continues following a major outage that began in mid-July. Visitors and patrons of Holly River State Park will be pleased to know that park staff, working with contractors, has restored some service. All campsit... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory Aug. 5-18
July 30, 2013

52nd Mason County Fair: Aug. 5-10, Fairgrounds Road, Point Pleasant Activities and attractions include: exhibits, livestock shows, pageants, contests, entertainment, motocross races, tractor/truck pulls, carnival, Discount Days and much more. Senior Citizens Day will be on Tuesday. The Antique ... FULL STORY

Free Beech Fork State Park Activities
July 25, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. - A mix of lawn games, hiking, and water-oriented activities are offered weekly as part of a five-day schedule at Beech Fork State Park, located near Huntington and Barboursville. In addition to organizing nature and recreational activities, Beech Fork summer naturalist Jason Br... FULL STORY

State Parks Cabin Reservation Policy Changes
July 24, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – For the rest of this summer, visitors may reserve cabins at West Virginia’s state parks for a shorter-than-normal time period. Effective now through Labor Day weekend, the West Virginia State Parks system is reducing the minimum advance cabin reservation requirements from a... FULL STORY

Lights on! It’s Moth Week at Pipestem State Park
July 21, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – National Moth Week is a global celebration of moths and biodiversity held on the last week of July 20-28. Pipestem State Park is participating in the second annual National Moth Week with organized moth hunts, crafts and the showing of the “Godzilla vs. Mothra” movie. The first nat... FULL STORY

Lincoln-Like Conditions Return to Holly River
July 18, 2013

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. – A two-mile stretch of underground electrical cable at Holly River has conductivity failure. “We know the new underground service and transformers are sound. The remaining two miles of original underground service that seemed fine have now apparently developed a problem,” said ... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Island Frolic and Picnic Meal
July 14, 2013

It’s a different “out-to-eat” experience on Blennerhassett Island PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - The second Island Frolic for the season on Blennerhassett Island is set for Saturday, July 27, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. “If you are looking for something out of the ordinary to do with... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory July 22 – Aug. 4
July 12, 2013

Jackson County Jr. Fair: July 22-27, Cottageville The Jackson County Jr. Fair truly has something for everyone! Located at the Fairgrounds near Cottageville, the Jackson County Jr. Fair is one of West Virginia's largest and highly attended county fairs. Make your plans today and enjoy entertain... FULL STORY

Civil War Campfire Program Encore Set July 12
July 11, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Three score and two individuals attended a special Civil War Campfire program at Pipestem State Park’s campground, a Summers County travel destination. Luke Stevens developed the program last year when he first served as Pipestem’s seasonal naturalist. “This position became one ... FULL STORY

Bloomin’ Wonderful Rhododendrons
July 8, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia is still celebrating its 150th anniversary of statehood, so now is a good time to get acquainted with the state flower: Rhododendron maximum. It typically blooms at the end of June well into July. “Folks tend to confuse the spring bloom time of Rhododendron ... FULL STORY

Evening Excursions and Good Food at Cass
July 7, 2013

CASS, W.Va. - Engines from an era when trains were steam driven and geared for power are working at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park in Pocahontas County. Cass has all the bells and whistles that a person expects from a fleet of iron horses that date back to the early 1900s, according to Scott Fortn... FULL STORY

W.Va. Division of Tourism Launches Spirits Page
July 5, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Division of Tourism has launched a new landing page on its website devoted to showcasing the Mountain State’s wineries, distilleries and breweries. The landing page can be accessed at www.wvtourism.com/spirits. The site provides a listing of spirit makers org... FULL STORY

Louisiana Waterthrush is the Featured Bird
July 4, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A special bird walk and associated activities are scheduled Saturday, July 6, at Kanawha State Forest beginning at 10 a.m. The featured bird is the Louisiana Waterthrush. The activity begins at the campground parking lot and proceeds to Shelter #4. The interpretative activity i... FULL STORY

July 4th Week Offers Wide Variety of Activities
July 3, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Activities at West Virginia’s state parks range from square dancing to “Trees Have Feet” programs the week of July 4, 2013. “Parks that have summer naturalists offer daily activities that include hikes, stream searches, campfires and other outdoor activities,” said Sissie ... FULL STORY

Reach for the Moon and Stars on Cass
July 2, 2013

CASS, W.Va. – In an era of dusk-to-dawn lighting, lunar excursions at Cass Scenic Railroad offer dark skies on New Moon Runs and moonlight shadows on Full Moon Runs. The state park in Pocahontas County in West Virginia has four night runs planned in 2013. “On clear dark nights up on the mountain... FULL STORY

Evening Cruises Aboard The Island Belle
July 1, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - In the cool of the evening, visitors to Parkersburg, W.Va., will find a sternwheeler waiting to depart for a historical island. Summer events at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park begin in the evenings aboard the Island Belle sternwheeler. They include Point Park Music... FULL STORY

“Confederate Infantryman” at Pipstem
June 27, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Two “Civil War Campfires” are scheduled at Pipestem Resort State Park in July 2013, featuring tales and songs of the time. The program will be presented by Luke Stevens, a senior at Concord University in nearby Athens, W.Va. Stevens, who worked at the park in 2012 a... FULL STORY

Jamboree Preparations Will Include DHHR Presence
June 26, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is preparing for the 2013 Boy Scouts of America’s National Jamboree July 15-24 at the Summit Bechtel Family Scout Reserve in Fayette and Raleigh counties to ensure public health safety. “As part of our ongoing preparedness efforts, the DH... FULL STORY

Lost River State Park Off-grid Location is Popular
June 23, 2013

MATHIAS, W.Va. - Slightly off the technology grid, Lost River State Park in Hardy County attracts a vacation personality that enjoys tradition, family and friend interaction, with limited distractions. Cabins, outdoor swimming pool, recreation hall, nature center, stables for horseback riding and mi... FULL STORY

“Hail to the Hills” A Part of State Celebration
June 18, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s 150th birthday is Thursday, June 20. Most major events and activities across the state are scheduled for the weekend following the actual holiday to allow greater participation and attendance. However, state parks will pay tribute on the June 20 birth date ... FULL STORY

Preparations for Birthday Celebration Underway
June 17, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today announced preparations for West Virginia's 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol are underway. This morning the nine projectors that will be used to project "150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride" onto the south face of the ... FULL STORY

West Virginia State Parks June 20 -23, 2013
June 16, 2013

Stonewall, Delany, Dulcimers, Eagles, Fairfax Stone, Trains, Rocks, Hikes, Picnics, Cannon Firings and More SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A variety of West Virginia Day/Sesquicentennial events and activities are planned across West Virginia, many at state parks and forests. Thursday, J... FULL STORY

Historical State Park Celebrates West Virginia Day
June 15, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – On June 20, 2013, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will honor the 150th anniversary of West Virginia becoming the 35th state on this date in 1863. The public is invited to this birthday celebration beginning at 1 p.m. on Blennerhassett Island. The Thursday after... FULL STORY

Sesquicentennial Celebration Activities
June 15, 2013

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Celebrating is something Cacapon Resort State Park does well. The vacation destination, located in Morgan County near Berkeley Springs, celebrated 75 years as a state park in 2012; celebrated the 50th year of the opening of Cacapon Lodge in 2006 and now, in 2013, reflects u... FULL STORY

150th Anniversary of Droop Mountain Battle
June 12, 2013

HILLSBORO, W.Va. - Few events about West Virginia’s statehood and history will be more meaningful than the four memorial hikes at Droop Mountain Battlefield planned in 2013. The hikes, scheduled for June 22, July 20, August 31, and November 5-6, will be sponsored by Droop Mountain Battlefield State ... FULL STORY

Fishing At State Parks - A Family Favorite
June 9, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Ponds, lakes, streams and rivers in West Virginia sustain a favorite pastime: fishing. Warm and cold water fisheries in West Virginia include bluegill, bass, catfish other fish species and trout. “Regardless of what fish species a person is angling for, fishing can become... FULL STORY

Aerial Tramway Accesses Unique Lodge Setting
June 8, 2013

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – It sweeps from the Upper Station at Pipestem’s Canyon Rim Center to the floor of the Bluestone Canyon. It crosses the Bluestone River before arriving at Mountain Creek Lodge. It is the only public access to this 30-room vacation hotel-style accommodation complete with upscale dini... FULL STORY

Shay No. 4 Repeating Honors After 50 Years
June 6, 2013

CASS, W.Va. – Originally numbered 5, this Shay locomotive at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park began service at Birch Valley Lumber Company, Tioga, W.Va., in 1922. Mower Lumber Company at Cass, W.Va., acquired the engine in 1943 and re-numbered it No. 4. Shay No. 4 is typical of Lima Class C-70 locomo... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory June 9-23
June 5, 2013

Badlands Bluegrass Festival: June 14-15, Poor Farm Festival Grounds, Williamsburg Enjoy two full days and nights of bluegrass music, country music and camping fun! The first Poor Farm Fest hosted 13 bands and filled the hills and valleys around Williamsburg with the sounds of the festival. Since... FULL STORY

Holly River State Park Recovered (mostly)
June 1, 2013

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. - Holly River State Park has accomplished what many would have deemed impossible tasks following extensive damage from last fall’s winter storm. The campground is fully open, the cabins are available and were booked for Memorial Day weekend, and electricity and some of the phone... FULL STORY

Birding Festival at Canaan Valley Resort
May 31, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Tucker County in West Virginia’s Allegheny Highlands rivals any bird-watching area found in the United States, bar none. Offering a unique mix of boreal forest, wetland habitats, and high altitude (4250’), the land mass and geography is the perfect location each summer for breeding bi... FULL STORY

June is Busting Out All Over in West Virginia
May 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An eclectic selection of events is scheduled at West Virginia’s state parks June 1. Tu-Endie-Wei State Park is steeped in 1760s history; Cass Scenic Railroad has an evening run with food and music in addition to daily train trips; Pipestem Resort features "The Little Mermai... FULL STORY

State Parks Celebrate National Trails Day
May 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s state parks extend an invitation to take a hike to help celebrate The American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day event. This year the national promotion is set for Saturday, June 1, 2013. “Public parks, organizations and outdoor enth... FULL STORY

North Bend State Park Family Trails Weekend
May 24, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – Family Trails Weekend at North Bend State Park, May 31 – June 2, jumpstarts the summer months with a variety of outdoor activities. It also showcases National Trails Day guided hikes by naturalist Ken Zebo and other outdoor activities at the park and North Bend Rail Trail. Zebo organi... FULL STORY

ArtSpring 2013 at Canaan Valley State Park
May 23, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – ArtSpring at Canaan Valley Resort State Park is Memorial weekend, May 24-26. The opening-of-summer event features birding, crafts and youth activities, clogging, Motown Steel Concert, hayrides and other family oriented activities. “It’s going to a full weekend with a w... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory May 27 – June 9
May 16, 2013

West Virginia Memorial Day Festival (Spirit of Grafton): May 24-27, Grafton Join in the fun at the 8th Annual Spirit of Grafton Celebration! Activities and attractions include: a pool party, Grafton’s Got Talent, historic lantern tour, exotic animals, bike and skate board stunt ramp show, barnya... FULL STORY

Kids to Parks Day May 18
May 16, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kids to Parks Day is a National Park Trust program to encourage youth to get outdoors. State parks and forests offer plenty of outdoor activities from fishing, hiking and biking to organized activities. Some events the weekend of May 17 for kids and adults include: ... FULL STORY

Blackwater Falls Boardwalk Reopens
May 15, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Although it will be some time before the vegetative area at Blackwater Falls State Park’s iconic falls has regenerated completely, the boardwalk has reopened just before Memorial Day Weekend. The boardwalk had to be closed to the public because of damaged and downed trees caused by la... FULL STORY

Wonderful West Virginia Celebrates
May 13, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The June 2013 issue of Wonderful West Virginia magazine, now on sale, celebrates its namesake’s 150th anniversary of statehood with a special “Day in the Life” issue featuring nearly 100 photos provided by readers. They were chosen by magazine staff from more than 5,000 ent... FULL STORY

Remote Control Aircraft Event at Hawks Nest
May 10, 2013

ANSTED, W.Va. – Airplanes and helicopters will be flying at Hawks Nest State Park, Saturday May 18, but they will be the remote controlled kind. The remote control aircraft event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The remote control aircraft event is free to the public. “Members of the Beckl... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory May 13-26
May 7, 2013

72nd Annual West Virginia Strawberry Festival: May 15-19, Buckhannon The festival is a unique, traditional celebration to promote the strawberry harvest. Enthusiastic volunteers provide good, family style entertainment that offers exciting educational and cultural events for everyone. Children a... FULL STORY

Mountain on the Cass Scenic Railroad
May 4, 2013

Golden Anniversary Run Scheduled June 15 GREEN BANK, W.Va. – In 1900, a community’s economy would rely on logging timber on Cheat Mountain and the mill operations in town. Cass, West Virginia, was a logging town. In 1960, after years of operation, that industry was worked out and... FULL STORY

ANTIQUE GAS ENGINE SHOW
May 2, 2013

The West Virginia State Farm Museum will host an Antique Gas Engine Show Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. each day at the Museum grounds, just north of Point Pleasant. “It’s difficult to plot a course for the future of agriculture in West Virginia if we don’t understand its past,... FULL STORY

Six Saturdays Focus On Nature
April 30, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park is the setting for a series of nature programs in 2013 focusing on the area’s native plant and wildlife. The nature of an island is generally contained except for when materials or people arrive by boat, swim, or throug... FULL STORY

Company House Rental Reservations Now Online
April 29, 2013

GREEN BANK, W.Va. – New for 2013, and just in time for its 50th anniversary, company houses rentals may be reserved at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park through a new online service. Online reservations to rent company houses are being taken now, but reservations also continue to be taken by telephone... FULL STORY

Cabin Rentals More Affordable Mid-week
April 28, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Select West Virginia State Parks and Forests with cabins extend a 20 percent discount on overnight stays of two or more consecutive nights, Sunday-Thursday, through May 16, 2013, Ask for the “spring cabin special” when making reservations. Greenbrier State Forest and Beech... FULL STORY

“Wings of Wonder” soar at W.Va. State Parks
April 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Birds of prey can be seen this spring and summer at West Virginia state parks, and not just in the sky and trees. Park visitors and guests will be introduced to eagles and other raptors throughout the summer program series, “Wings of Wonder – Birds of Prey” from May through... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory April 29 – May 12
April 25, 2013

Liberty on the Border: A Civil War Exhibition: now until Aug. 25, The Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, Beckley “Liberty on the Border” focuses on the relationship between the states along the Ohio River. Its many educational elements provide new insights into the events leading up to the... FULL STORY

The Roots of Un-Civil War
April 23, 2013

The 250th Anniversary of Cornstalk’s Campaign SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – In West Virginia, 2013 will be marked by numerous historical commemorative events highlighting the year 1863. That’s the year the American Civil War brought about great changes to our nation, not the least of whic... FULL STORY

Bike the Park Day at Twin Falls State Park
April 22, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. – The annual Bike the Park Day at Twin Falls State Park is scheduled for May 4 beginning with registration at 10 a.m. at the park’s ball field. “This event is for anyone who likes to ride mountain bikes or wants to learn more about mountain biking,” said Bryan Danfor... FULL STORY

Audra State Park Campground Opens
April 20, 2013

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – Audra State Park was hard hit by Superstorm Sandy on October 29, 2012. The park had to be closed because of downed trees crossing and blocking roads, trails and campsites. “One minute it was a beautiful evening and a few minutes later Audra looked like a war zon... FULL STORY

Outdoors in Spring
April 19, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –Wildflower viewing and birding are just two of the popular outdoor activities planned at West Virginia’s state parks April 20 and 21. “State Parks are all about getting people outside to enjoy nature, and this is a good weekend for folks to enjoy what our stat... FULL STORY

Lights On at Holly River State Park
April 19, 2013

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. – Largely without power since Superstorm Sandy hit October. 29, 2012, Holly River State Park in Webster County now has full electrical service restored. Park Supt. Ken McClintic is hopeful that both the campground and cabins can be reopened by May 3. During the r... FULL STORY

New Bridge Complete; Babcock State Park Open
April 17, 2013

CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – The bridge replacement at Babcock State Park is complete and the park is open for the 2013 season. The structure, which was rebuilt during the closed season last winter, spans Glade Creek of Manns near the much-photographed Glade Creek Grist Mill at the park. The br... FULL STORY

“The History of Bathrooms…. From Ancient Times to
April 16, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The “History of Bathrooms…From Ancient Times to the 21st Century” will be presented by Dr. Ray Swick, West Virginia State Parks historian, on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 1 p.m. Dr. Swick’s program will repeat on July 20. The talk is being held in conjunction wit... FULL STORY

State Park Debuts Online Reservation Service
April 6, 2013

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. – Beech Fork State Park campground has 275 sites, and many of them may now be reserved online. The online reservation service began March 15 and has proved to be popular with campers who want to plan their vacations well in advance. “With the arrival of camping se... FULL STORY

State Park Puts Some Pep in April
April 5, 2013

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – April is a great time to start going outside again to enjoy springtime weather and learn about the outdoors and native critters. Cacapon State Park naturalist Renee Fincham invites visitors and local residents to take part in the nature and recreation weekend programs sched... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
April 4, 2013

“Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013: now until April 30, Landes Arts Center, Petersburg This is a huge and unique historical Civil War display and event with short seminars and discussions as well as displays by historians, educators, re-enactors, and collectors. The presenta... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
March 20, 2013

“Our Civil War Heritage” – Escape to the Mountains 2013: now – until April 30, Landes Arts Center, Petersburg This is a huge and unique historical Civil War display and event with short seminars and discussions as well as displays by historians, educators, re-enactors, and collectors. Among othe... FULL STORY

It’s Not Just Thread
March 19, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History’s 9th annual Mid-Ohio Valley Heritage Quilt Show, sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett and WesBanco, opened March 16 and runs through Sunday, March 24, 2013. There are 65 quilt entries in the show this year that showcase the ar... FULL STORY

Get Scrapping at North Bend State Park
March 18, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – Organizing events, triumphs, and travel in a scrapbook preserves memorable times for a person or family. “We live in a new age of digital storage and that’s great, but there is a comfort and personal attachment to pieces of paper, pictures and special ribbons or mementos arranged in ... FULL STORY

Nature & Earth Day Extravaganza Planned
March 16, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. – The annual Earth Day Celebration at Twin Falls State Park is scheduled for April 20 at Shelter #1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Environmental stations are part of the Saturday activities and two guided hikes are planned at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. A recycled craft, water testing, an... FULL STORY

Photography Workshop at Twin Falls
March 14, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. –Two premier state photographers, Steve Shaluta and Steven Rotsch, are instructors for the annual Twin Falls Spring Photography Workshop April 12-14, 2013, at Twin Falls Resort State Park near Mullens. The workshop will cover digital or film camera use and cover topics of equipment us... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
March 7, 2013

Life and Limb: The Toll of The American Civil War: now until March 23, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine Library, Lewisburg To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and the more than 3 million soldiers who fought in the war, the exhibition, “Life and Limb: The To... FULL STORY

Pick Twin Falls for Guitar Weekend
February 26, 2013

MULLENS, W.Va. – Nationally recognized flat pick instructors Robin Kessinger, Robert Shafer and Jim Ritchey are instructors for a weekend tailored for guitarists. The annual Guitar Workshop Weekend is scheduled for March 22-24, 2013. The workshop will begin with a Friday night instructors’ mini-conc... FULL STORY

Spring Weekends at Tygart Lake State Park
February 22, 2013

GRAFTON, W.Va. – Spring weekends at Tygart Lake State Park include workshops and events dedicated to individual interests and lifetime pursuits. “Our lodge is large enough to organize small group workshops for people seeking instructional time or classes to learn an art or craft,” said Stephanie Ba... FULL STORY

AGRITOURISM WORKSHOP
February 14, 2013

The West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) will sponsor an all-day Agritourism Workshop Thursday, February 28, as part of the WVU Extension Service’s Small Farm Conference, which will be held at the Waterfront Hotel in Morgantown February 27-March 2.] West Virginia Commissioner of Agricul... FULL STORY

“Behind Closed Doors"
February 6, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Blennerhassett Island Museum of Regional History has installed of a new exhibit : Behind Closed Doors – American Bathrooms Through the Ages. The exhibit collection features artifacts dating back to the 18th century. This unique exhibit opened February 1 and the items will... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
February 5, 2013

23rd Annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting: Feb. 21-24, Berkeley Springs The award-winning 23rd annual Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting welcomes more than one hundred waters from across the country and around the globe on Saturday, February 23. Held in the historic spa ... FULL STORY

Babcock State Park Bridge Replacement Underway
February 1, 2013

Trout Stockings Delayed During Construction CLIFFTOP, W.Va. – Replacement work begins in February for the vehicular bridge that spans Glade Creek (of Manns) near the much-photographed Glade Creek Grist Mill at Babcock State Park. The bridge provides vehicle and foot traffic access to the majority... FULL STORY

Panther WMA Group Camp Reservations
January 31, 2013

PANTHER, W.Va. – It’s not too early to begin making plans and reservations for group camping needs this summer. In the heart of southern West Virginia’s coal country, Panther Wildlife Management Area, operated by the West Virginia State Parks system, affords fine dormitory style accommodations for o... FULL STORY

Cacapon State Park Family Friendly Activities
January 28, 2013

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – Cacapon State Park has a variety of activities for winter weekend enjoyment. Some of the Saturday activities at Cacapon in which visitors may participate at no cost include: Feb. 2, 2013 Whether West Virginia’s French Creek Freddie or Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil ... FULL STORY

State Parks Ready For Great Camping Season
January 25, 2013

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – If inquiries about campsite application forms for reservable sites at West Virginia’s state parks and forests is an indication, camping in 2013 could be a banner year. The camper population in the summer months on any given weekend at smaller campgrounds can exceed the popu... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
January 23, 2013

Sweetheart Weekend: Feb. 8-10, North Bend State Park, Cairo Share this weekend with someone special! Activities and attractions include an ice cream social, breakfast buffets, historical tours, shopping opportunities, crafts, hikes, dinners, dancing and live music. Special package rates are avai... FULL STORY

“A Journey Through Time”
January 22, 2013

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – “A Journey Through Time” theme binds four Sunday afternoon history programs in February, creating the 2013 Winter Lecture Series at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The programs feature two first-person interpreters and speakers on a variety of Ohio Valley and West V... FULL STORY

Local Musicians Liven Lodge Lobby Sundays
January 19, 2013

CAIRO, W.Va. – Local area musicians will add some joy during the drab winter months during “Sundays in the Park” at North Bend State Park in January, February and March. “Music livens and warms what can be cold, wintry Sundays,” according to Ken Zebo, park activities coordinator “We get a good r... FULL STORY

Blue Skies, Cold Temperatures
January 18, 2013

MLK weekend promises excellent skiing and tubing at Canaan Valley Resort State Park DAVIS, W.Va. – A chilly 17 degrees greets the beginning of Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend at Canaan Valley Resort. Snowmaking has resumed on the slopes and tube area. “It’s nature’s invitation to travel to Tuc... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley – New And Updated Options for Winter
January 16, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Critters Crawl, Valley Vista, and Face are names for the fun and challenging trails for folks who are tubing, snowboarding and downhill skiing at Canaan Valley State Park. The Canaan Valley Tube Park officially opened January 11. Winter ski season began December 29. Canaan Valley ... FULL STORY

Yosemite National Park Proposes Removal of Bridge
January 14, 2013

Washington - The National Park Service (NPS) recently released a plan that affects the bridges of Yosemite Valley, named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2012 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. The Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plan and Draft ... FULL STORY

New Tube Park now open at Canaan Valley Resort
January 11, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – Canaan Valley Tube Park officially opened Friday, January 11, 2013, giving outdoor enthusiasts another option for winter fun. Downhill skiing was in full force on 27 of Canaan’s 42 ski trails as Canaan Valley Tube Park hosted more than 50 attendees for the 1:30 p.m. opening ceremony.... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
January 10, 2013

7th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Jan. 21, Metropolitan Theatre, Morgantown The Seventh Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. Performers will include The WVU African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Sky... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley Tube Park Grand Opening
January 4, 2013

DAVIS, W.Va. – With the arrival of winter-correct temperatures, natural snowfall, and the use of snow making equipment, the landscape at Canaan Valley Resort State Park sports white slopes for downhill skiing and a new attraction: Canaan Valley Tube Park. “It’s time to officially celebrate the o... FULL STORY

2013 WEST VIRGINIA STATE TRAVEL GUIDE AVAILABLE
December 27, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Division of Tourism Commissioner Betty Carver today announced the 2013 West Virginia Official State Travel Guide is available free at Welcome Center locations statewide or by request. "Travelers from near and far can learn, research, and... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory For January
December 23, 2012

Archeology within the Upper Ohio River Valley Basin: Jan. 10, Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center, Weirton Dr. Robert Maslowski, retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Archeologist, will deliver a presentation on "Archeology within the Upper Ohio River Valley Basin," at 6 p.m. For additional i... FULL STORY

‘Yule Enjoy’ Blackwater Falls Holiday Celebrations
December 20, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Blackwater Falls State Park activities include Christmas and holiday activities for overnight park guests and day visitors. Activities organized at the Tucker County destination to round out 2012 include: Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 “Brunch with Santa” Meet Santa Claus... FULL STORY

Stroll Down Memory Lane
December 14, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. – Winter enthusiasts will be gathering for a “Remembering the Good Ole Days” themed weekend Jan. 18-20, 2013, during the annual Winter Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park. Old-timey activities will include crafts, games, pie auction and a carnival. Outdoor winter sports will includ... FULL STORY

511 enables travelers to "Know Before You Go"
December 12, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox today launched West Virginia's new free 511 Traveler Information System. West Virginia 511 provides real-time traffic information, including congestion, crashes, construction, lane closures, road condi... FULL STORY

Raptor Appreciation
December 11, 2012

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – The annual January eagle survey of the Pipestem area is scheduled for January 12. Jim Phillips, Pipestem State Park naturalist, is coordinating the various survey sites and assignments and inviting anyone interested to be part of this winter four-hour foray. Phillips schedules n... FULL STORY

Bring in 2013 at a West Virginia State Park
December 6, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – You, your friends and family can bring in lucky 2013 by attending one of several New Year’s Eve parties planned at West Virginia’s state parks. Park lodges are offering a variety of dinners and dances and packaged options. Lodge parks offering parties include Blackwater Fal... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Advisory For December
December 1, 2012

Christmas in the Park: now until Dec. 31, Chief Logan State Park, Logan Celebrate the season with Christmas in the Park and more than a mile of drive-through holiday lights. Enjoy more than 120 display pieces and over 1 million lights. Hours are from dark until 10 p.m. each evening through Dec. 31... FULL STORY

Gifts Of A Different Nature
November 30, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – When the discounts and coupons have expired and cyber thrill is gone, there’s still one shopping experience to consider – discovering a new activity or hobby. “Bird watching, hiking, disc golf, surveying for eagles or owls and other outdoor (and indoor) activities are organ... FULL STORY

Blennerhassett Museum Has International Glam
November 28, 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Decorated for Christmas, the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg is adorned not so much as a 21st century holiday, but as an international tour with Victorian influences. International trees greet museum visitors throughout December. “We have trees decor... FULL STORY

Holly River State Park to Open Temporary Office
November 28, 2012

HACKER VALLEY, W.Va. – More than a month after being closed by Superstorm Sandy, Holly River State Park will begin taking calls on Monday, December 3, from a temporary office. Electric service at Holly River has been interrupted since October 29, when the area was hit by the storm. Although uti... FULL STORY

Muzzleloader Deer Season Opens A Week Early
November 27, 2012

Additional Deer (Class RM) must be purchased prior to Muzzleloader Season SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters are reminded that the deer muzzleloader season will open one week earlier this year than in past years, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of Wildlife Resources Section o... FULL STORY

Canaan Valley State Park Goes Cyber
November 22, 2012

Canaan Valley Resort State Park is gearing up for winter fun and going cyber, offering pre-season lift ticket advantages November 23-26, 2012. According to Lisa Ratliff at Canaan Resort, “Folks are calling about skiing. This winter is going to be awesome.” Canaan Valley management sees Black Fri... FULL STORY

Orange for Safety on North Bend Rail Trail
November 21, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. – Deer season is in full force across West Virginia and in some areas the great outdoors will host two types of users in the same vicinity: those hunting for white-tailed deer and those taking advantage of the nice weather to hike or bike. North Bend State Park Supt. Steve Jones ad... FULL STORY

CAPITOL CITY TO HOST 2014 TRAVEL SOUTH SHOWCASE
November 20, 2012

This is the first-time the Showcase will be in West Virginia CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, the West Virginia Division of Tourism along with the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau and Mayor Danny Jones today announced that Charleston, West Virginia has been awarded the di... FULL STORY

Extras stretch West Virginia State Park Gift Cards
November 20, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – It’s a tradition with many. Gift cards as gifts are everywhere. “There is good reason,” says Sissie Summers with West Virginia’s state parks. “Gift cards convey to the recipient that a person knows you or your family interests. The card becomes an experience when redeemed.... FULL STORY

New Parking Makes Hunting Access Easier
November 17, 2012

BECKLEY, W.Va. – Newly developed and strategically located parking areas have eliminated the once long and difficult uphill hikes hunters had to endure just to reach hunting areas in Camp Creek State Forest. One of the parking areas has at least a dozen spots and is located at the intersection of Wh... FULL STORY

W.Va. State Wildlife Center at Reduced Operations
November 17, 2012

FRENCH CREEK, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wildlife Center in French Creek has partially reopened following storm damage recovery, but is operating at reduced capacity, according to the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Gene Thorn, WVDNR wildlife biologist in charge of the Wildlife Center... FULL STORY

Lights On at Blackwater Falls State Park
November 17, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After 18 days without power due to extensive damage from Storm Sandy, Blackwater Falls State Park has re-opened. “The lodge, restaurant and cabins will re-open on Friday, Nov. 16,” Park Superintendent Rob Gilligan said. Gilligan extends his gratitude to park employees ... FULL STORY

Buck and Antlerless Gun Seasons Open
November 15, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s traditional antlered (buck) gun season begins on Monday, November 19, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). West Virginia’s buck gun season provides a wealth of recreational opport... FULL STORY

2012 West Virginia Deer Gun Seasons Fact Sheet
November 15, 2012

· The West Virginia firearm buck gun season is Nov. 19 – Dec. 1. It is open in all counties except Logan, Mingo, McDowell and Wyoming. · Approximately 330,000 licensed hunters will be in West Virginia’s woods during this season. · Hunters should review the 2012 - 2013 Hunting and Trapping Regu... FULL STORY

Blackwater Falls employees Go Old-School
November 9, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Twelve days since “Sandy” hit the spine of the Potomac Highlands, Blackwater Falls State Park employees have been working with no power, heat, or hot water in the lodge. “Anywhere from 30-50 inches of snow fell across the park as a result of the Oct. 29 storm depending up... FULL STORY

Tourism Adventure Media Advisory
November 9, 2012

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Nov. 28, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling Tchaikovsky’s classic score for this Christmas story opens with a “Miniature Overture.” The music sets the fanciful holiday mood by using upper registers of the orchestra exclusively as the curtain opens to reveal the i... FULL STORY

Storm Delivers Unusual Visitors to Tygart Lake
November 8, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bonapart gulls have been sighted at Tygart Lake State Park. “The possibility of a little gull was also reported,” said Joey Herron. Herron is a master licensed bird bander and conducts banding of migrating saw-whet owls at Valley Falls State Park. Tropical storm Sandy... FULL STORY

Holly River State Park Closed For The Year
November 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Holly River State Park is closed for the year. “Tropical Storm Sandy dropped several feet of snow on this Webster County vacation destination,” said Jim Schotsch, a project engineer with West Virginia’s state parks. Holly River remains without power, water, phone or Internet... FULL STORY

Visit STARLAB Portable Planetarium
November 2, 2012

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. – A cart path illuminated by a waxing gibbous moon invites visitors and guests to Cacapon Resort State Park to experience the early evening skies of November. Cacapon Resort Naturalist Renee Fincham and a community resource center, Starting Points of Morgan County, are hostin... FULL STORY

National Forest and WMA Roads Open to Hunters
November 1, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Physically-challenged hunters possessing a Class Q/QQ hunting permit may hunt on designated roads throughout the Monongahela National Forest, portions of the George Washington/Jefferson National Forest in West Virginia and on selected wildlife management areas, according to... FULL STORY

Black Bear Hunting Opportunities in Deer Season
November 1, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Deer hunters are reminded that a concurrent bear season without dogs will occur from November 19 through December 1 in eight counties, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project Leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. Boone, Fayette, Hampshire, Kan... FULL STORY

West Virginia State Park Lodges are Open
November 1, 2012

Hawks Nest, Twin Falls, Pipestem, Cacapon and North Bend ready for guests SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Hawks Nest State Park, located in Ansted (Fayette County), and Twin Falls Resort, situated between Mullens and Pineville (Wyoming County), have both reported that power and phone service have been... FULL STORY

WV State Parks and Forests Recovering from Sandy
October 31, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s state parks are in the process of digging out of snow, clearing roadways and restoring electric and telephone service following widespread damage caused by Tropical Storm Sandy, according to West Virginia State Parks and Recreation Chief Ken Caplinger. “... FULL STORY

Governor’s One Shot Whitetail Hunt and Banquet
October 26, 2012

Special Guest: Brigadier General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager, USAF, Retired ROANOKE, W.Va. – Invited guests will join West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro for a special event designed to draw attention to hunting opportunities in the Mountain State and to the Hunters H... FULL STORY

Two New Wildlife Management Areas Open
October 26, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The newly established Little Canaan Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Sideling Hill WMA have been incorporated into the state’s WMA system, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. “The ad... FULL STORY

Cass Scenic Railroad Golden Anniversary
October 25, 2012

CASS, W.Va. -- The world’s foremost roster of working Shay locomotives is faithfully chugging toward a golden anniversary in 2013. The train line, originally built in 1901, hauled timber to the mill in the town of Cass for almost 60 years. The rail-haul logging operation and bandsaw mill ceased ... FULL STORY

Hawks Nest Resumes Aerial Tram
October 25, 2012

ANSTED, W.Va. – Aerial tram rides have resumed at Hawks Nest State Park following a temporary shutdown for repairs that began October 13 and ended October 20. Tram rides will continue until the end of the season, October 28. Tram operating hours are 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. weekdays (except Wednesdays, ... FULL STORY

West Virginia Trout Stocking
October 20, 2012

ELKINS, W.Va. – The following waters were stocked the week of October 15, 2012: Anthony Creek Big Clear Creek Blackwater River Brandywine Lake Buckhannon River Buffalo Fork Lake Clear Fork of Guyandotte River (C&R) Coopers Rock Lake Cranberry River Elk River Evitts Run Glade Creek of... FULL STORY

Hawks Nest State Park Aerial Tram Down For Repairs
October 19, 2012

ANSTED, W.Va. – The aerial tram at Hawks Nest State Park that carries passengers into the New River Gorge became inoperable on October 13 due to power surge and resulting electrical failure. Park managers and maintenance employees have been working since then to make repairs and reopen it. Brad Lesl... FULL STORY

Fabulous Fall Finds with Sparkling Winter Forecast
October 18, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s parks and forests are engulfed in full color this October, but leaf-peeping is just one of many popular draws. “Even the dusting of recent snow in the higher elevations at Cass Scenic Railroad and Blackwater Falls was welcomed,” says Ken Caplinger, chief of ... FULL STORY

Take Off for Tygart Lake Any Time of Year
October 18, 2012

Grafton, W.Va. – This will be the second winter in the history of Tygart Lake State Park that the lodge and restaurant are open year-round. “Either good food with friends or some solitude is the beginning for a great night out or a weekend away,” says Brennon O’Sullivan, park superintendent. Tyg... FULL STORY

Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee Portrayed at Dinner
October 17, 2012

MULLENS, W.Va. – Performers Karen Vuranch and Al Stone bring two noted figures in U.S. history to the stage at Twin Falls State Park on Saturday, November 10. Dinner will be followed by the “History Alive” presentation about Clara Barton and Robert E. Lee during the Civil War era. Clara Barton... FULL STORY

“Boo”dles of Fun Planned at Many WV State Parks
October 16, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. –State parks across West Virginia offer a variety of activities associated with Halloween and days leading up to October 31. From a zombiefest with proceeds supporting area food banks at Chief Logan State Park to afternoon Halloween parties at Blackwater Falls and North Bend... FULL STORY

Late October activities at Pipestem State Park
October 12, 2012

PIPESTEM, W.Va. – Crisp fall weather is an invitation to get outdoors at Pipestem Resort State Park in Summers County. Park guests and visitors are encouraged to take part in the wide variety of nature activities planned at this southern West Virginia destination and experience the outdoors during ... FULL STORY

State Parks Are Ripe for Fall Leaf Peepers
October 1, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Autumn is one of the most popular seasons for West Virginia’s state parks because the heavily-forested areas figuratively explode with color during October and much of November. “This is one of the best times to walk through the woods and enjoy nature because the temper... FULL STORY

Mansion by Candlelight
October 1, 2012

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – Mansion by Candlelight is October 12 and 13 at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. For two nights only, Blennerhassett Mansion and the island takes on an 18th century glow when hundreds of candles light the way from the sternwheeler landing to the mansion and to other a... FULL STORY

Tracking and Woods Lore Weekend
September 25, 2012

DAVIS, W.Va. – With harvest and fall colors coming to the mountains of West Virginia, Blackwater Falls State Park is stepping back in time to the 18th century, when American Indians and European Americans lived closer to nature. Tracking and Woods Lore Weekend, scheduled for September 28-30, refresh... FULL STORY

Hardy County Heritage Events at Lost River Park
September 20, 2012

MATHIAS, W.Va. – Lost River State Park will offer activities in conjunction with Heritage Weekend in Hardy County the weekend of September 28-30. Heritage Weekend began in 1953 as a way to raise money for the county public library. The annual fall event honors the rich culture and history of Har... FULL STORY

A Busy Weekend of Fun in West Virginia
September 14, 2012

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With a nip of fall in the air and temperatures moderating, West Virginia’s state parks offer a wide variety of events the weekend of September 21-23, 2012. “For example, Nature Wonder Weekend, in its 45th year at North Bend State Park, is like a favorite television show... FULL STORY

Mountain Bike Classes at North Bend State Park
August 15, 2012

CAIRO, W.Va. – An introduction to mountain biking will be offered at North Bend State Park on Saturday September 1, and Sunday September 2. Instructor Kim Coram will cover the basics any beginner needs to know to get started in mountain biking. There are four classes over the two-day period. Atte... FULL STORY

Iron Horses Working the Tracks at Cass
August 15, 2012

CASS, W.Va. – Cass Scenic Railroad State Park is the place for railroad enthusiasts or for taking a first train ride, especially over the Labor Day weekend. With standard daily trips to Whittaker Station and Bald Knob, the park also has two evening train events planned plus a new Heisler #6 Special ... FULL STORY

"The Rolls Are Hot!"
By Don Smith
June 24, 2012

If you are looking for a great family restaurant, look no farther than Legends Family Grill. The atmosphere is friendly and inviting and the food will make you come back again and again, just to sample the diversity their menu has to offer. They have flat screen TVs, pictures of sports legends on... FULL STORY

The West Virginia Wildlife Center
March 12, 2012

Here is a quick look at some of the residents at the West Virginia Wildlife Center located in French Creek, WV, which is a part of Upshur County. FULL STORY

West Virginia Wesleyan Slideshow
March 12, 2012

This is a slideshow shown to prospective freshman while they visit the campus. It has pictures from all sorts of organizations so I included it on my youtube channel. FULL STORY

West Virginia Wesleyan College Video Tour
March 12, 2012

West Virginia Wesleyan College Video Tour FULL STORY

Buckhannon River Watershed Association
March 12, 2012

A video about the Buckhannon River Watershed Association funded by a mini-grant from the Bonner Foundation. Created by students and faculty from the "Natural Resource Conservation" course at West Virginia Wesleyan College. Edited by Sherie Edenborn. FULL STORY

Buckhannon River - Catch and Release musky pool
March 12, 2012

Some footage taken during a return trip downstream after fishing the Buckhannon River C&R musky pool. This stretch is dominated by sunken timber and deep, slow water. Audio has been disabled. I guess I have to pay Led Zeppelin to use their music. I let youtube pick the new music... not too bad. FULL STORY