Description - Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder preserved in more than 200,000 acres of state parks, forests and wildlife management areas scattered throughout West Virginia
These areas are vastly diverse in their offerings and tucked in remote areas on scenic roads or just off one of themany interstate highways that crisscross the state.
Experience the rich history of West Virginia, from Civil War battlefields to majestic hemlocks as old as the Mayflower, from mineral waters used for soaking to a reconstructed frontier mansion, from belching Shay steam locomotives to wind-swept rock formations . . . each is a unique vacation experience.
- Our rivers, streams, and lakes invite you to boat, fish and swim. Raft or kayak some of the world's best whitewater. Underground, West Virginia is riddled with cave systems that provide spelunking fun year-round. West Virginia’s mountains enjoy an annual snowfall of about 200 inches ensuring great cross-country and downhill skiing as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Recreation - A wide range of activities
Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.
West Virginia Division of Tourism
90 MacCorkle Ave. SW
South Charleston WV 25303
PH. 304-558-2200 or 1-800-CALL WVA (1-800-225-5982)