West Virginia

West Virginia Overview:
West Virginia’s history traces back to the Civil War, when it seceded from the Union to become its own state. Home to more than one million acres of state parks and national forests, tourism is becoming increasingly popular in West Virginia with Harpers Ferry, New River Gorge National River, and The Greenbrier and Berkeley Springs resorts being popular destinations. Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia’s location in the Appalachian Region provides an abundance of outdoor adventure including whitewater rafting, zip lining, hiking and biking trails, skiing and winter sports.

West Virginia Real Estate:
Lower housing and living costs make West Virginia a popular place to search for retirement and vacation homes. Cost of living at 14 percent below the national average paired with quaint mountain towns with unique culture, abundant natural beauty, and folksy charm draws new residents from around the United States.

West Virginia Weather:
West Virginia has four distinct seasons. The low-lying areas of the state feature mild winters and warm summers, whereas the more mountainous regions have greater snowfall and pleasant, mild summers. See West Virginia temperature charts.

Regions in West Virginia:
New River-Greenbrier Valley, Hatfield-McCoy Mountains, Mountain Lakes, Metro Valley, Mountaineer Country, Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highlands, Northern Panhandle, Mid-Ohio Valley

West Virginia Airports:
Yeager Airport (CRW), North Central West Virginia Airport (CKB), Tri-State Airport (HTS), Greenbrier Valley Airport (LWB), Morgantown Municipal Airport (MGW)

West Virginia Facts:
State Capital – Charleston, West Virginia; Nearly 75 percent of West Virginia is covered by forests; Bordering states include Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, and Kentucky.

West Virginia Trivia:
West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State and its motto is "Mountaineers Are Always Free." The first organized golf club in America was formed in West Virginia. Golden delicious apples originated in West Virginia.

West Virginia State Government Resource Link: www.wv.gov

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