2014 West Virginia Governor’s Conference
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September 22 - 24, 2014

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Camping trips Camping trips
Enjoy the last of summer and welcome fall with some family time around the campfire! West Virginia’s parks and forests offer everything from remote and rustic campsites to cabins with more modern amenities.


Train trips Train trips
West Virginia offers numerous tourist train trips throughout the state, and fall is the perfect time to go! Whether you are satisfying your wild side or simply looking for a relaxing time with the family, there’s an excursion just for you.


Quilt trails Quilt trails
Quilts are works of art that evoke warm reminders of our heritage, and they remain part of fabric of West Virginia life. Find a quilt trail or learn how to make your own.


Antiquing Antiquing
West Virginia is home to many antique shops where you’ll discover a variety of hard-to-find items, from glassware to jewelry to furniture, that represent bygone eras of the state’s rich history. Stop by an antique mall or dealer to see what treasures you can unearth!


Gauley Season Gauley Season
The Gauley River is one of the most exhilarating and scenic whitewater rivers in the United States, and the season is only six weekends in September and October. Plan your unforgettable adventure now!


Fall festivals (mazes, pumpkin fest) Fall festivals (mazes, pumpkin fest)
Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year in West Virginia, and we’re ready to celebrate the things that make the season special! From corn mazes to crisp apples to plump pumpkins, there’s plenty of festival fun to be found.


Fall color planning Fall foliage
Crisp fall days bring colorful drives in every corner of West Virginia. There’s no shortage of beautiful fall color here. With trees covering nearly 80% of the state, you’ll find plenty of Mother Nature’s handiwork in shades of red, orange, yellow and brown. Don’t wait too long to plan your trip!


Haunted tours and ghost stories Haunted tours and ghost stories
Prepare to be scared at the oldest ghost tour in America! The ghosts of Harpers Ferry have haunted visitors for more than 40 years, and it was recently ranked the fourth best tour in the country. Or, visit a former lunatic asylum in Weston or the Moundsville Penitentiary, where the spirits don’t stay behind bars.


Rail trails and trail-fest Rail trails and trail-fest
More than 375 miles of train tracks have been converted into trails for walking, hiking, biking and horseback riding. With their gentle, level grades and wide rights of way, the trails are easily accessible and fun for all ages. The Hatfield-McCoy National TrailFest event in October is one of the premier UTV, ATV and Dirtbike riding events in the country. TrailFest offers some of the very best trail riding, along with daily and nightly entertainment.


Where to stay in West Virginia Where to stay in West Virginia
From campground to state park cabins to hotels, from rustic to upscale resorts, you can find your perfect getaway this summer in West Virginia.


Bridge Walks Bridge Walk
Stop on a sky bridge to quietly observe wildlife from a bird’s-eye view. It’s an adrenaline-packed adventure for the whole family! For a slower pace but heart-stopping scenery, walk 1.5 miles across the gorge on a catwalk below the New River Gorge Bridge while traffic goes by overhead!

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