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West Virginia

West Virginia is a state in the southern region of the USA. It's often called the "Mountain State", being the only state to lie completely within a mountain range (in this case, the Appalachians).

Originally part of the state of Virginia, the residents of the counties that became West Virginia split from the rest of the State in part due to a disagreement over the issues of slavery and secession. These counties elected to remain with the Union, and the new state was born on June 20, 1863. The population of the state today is around 1.7 million people. The capital city is Charleston, and the state motto is "Mountaineers are always free." Rich in natural resources, physical beauty, and traditional culture, West Virginia's charm is that of being "off the beaten path". West Virginia is a destination for white water rafting, kayaking, skiing, climbing, golf, mountain biking, hiking, and off-roading. Its location between the mid-west and eastern seaboard of the United States means that over 60% of the United States population lives less than 500 miles from West Virginia.

West Virginia is abundant in natural resources, being primarily known as a major producer of coal since the 1800s. In fact, it's the number-two coal producing state in the US. West Virginia has a lot to offer. There's beautiful natural scenery, quaint mountain towns, delicious down-home country food, traditional handicrafts, lots of pioneer and Civil War history, outdoor activities of the rollicking and stately varieties, and great cultural opportunities. The pace of life is slow and relaxed, but with so many exciting things to do, West Virginia is a wonderful place to call home.

Water Bodies

  • Barkers Creek
  • Beech Fork Lake
  • Big Coal River
  • Big Sandy Creek
  • Birch River
  • Black Fork of the Cheat River
  • Blackwater River
  • Bluestone Lake
  • Buckhannon River
  • Buffalo Creek (Guyandotte River)
  • Buffalo Creek (Monongahela River)
  • Buffalo Creek (South Branch Potomac River)
  • Bull River
  • Burnsville Lake
  • Cacapon River
  • Cedar Creek
  • Cheat Lake
  • Cheat River
  • Cherry River
  • Coal River
  • Copperas Mine Fork
  • Cranberry River
  • Dillons Run
  • Dry Fork of the Cheat River
  • Dry Fork of the Tug Fork
  • East Lynn Lake
  • Elk Creek
  • Elk Fork Lake
  • Elk River
  • Gauley River
  • Glady Fork of the Cheat River
  • Greenbrier River
  • Guyandotte River
  • Hackers Creek
  • Hawks Nest Lake
  • Henry Fork
  • Holly River
  • Huff Creek
  • Hughes River
  • Island Creek
  • Jennings Randolph Lake
  • Kanawha River
  • Lake Sherwood
  • Laurel Fork
  • Leading Creek (Little Kanawha River)
  • Leading Creek (Tygart Valley River)
  • Little Birch River
  • Little Blackwater River
  • Little Bluestone River
  • Little Cacapon River
  • Little Coal River
  • Little Kanawha River
  • Little River
  • Lost River
  • Meadow River
  • Middle Fork River
  • Middle Island Creek
  • Mill Creek
  • Moncove Lake
  • Monongahela River
  • Mount Storm Lake
  • Mud River
  • New Creek
  • North Bend Lake
  • North Fork South Branch Potomac River
  • North River
  • O'Brien Lake
  • Patterson Creek
  • Plum Orchard Lake
  • Pocatalico River
  • Potomac River
  • R. D. Bailey Lake
  • Reedy Creek
  • Saltlick Creek
  • Sand Fork
  • Sandy Creek
  • Seneca Creek
  • Shavers Forkof the Cheat River
  • Simpson Creek
  • Slab Fork
  • Sleepy Creek Lake
  • South Fork South Branch Potomac River
  • Spring Creek
  • Steer Creek
  • Stephens Lake
  • Stonecoal Creek
  • Stonecoal Lake
  • Stonewall Jackson Lake
  • Stony River
  • Stony River Reservoir
  • Summersville Lake
  • Sutton Lake
  • Tenmile Creek
  • Trout Pond
  • Twelvepole Creek
  • Tygart Creek
  • Tygart Lake
  • Tygart Valley River
  • Upper Mud Lake
  • Walker Creek
  • West Fork River
  • Wheeling Creek
  • Williams River
  • Woodrum Lake
  • Worthington Creek
  • Youghiogheny River

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