While West Virginia’s towering mountains may be its most iconic feature, there’s so much more to discover in the Mountain State. From its rich history to its abundance of natural energy resources, West Virginia offers a blend of culture, heritage, and outdoor adventure that sets it apart as a truly unique destination.

9 Fun Facts About the Mountain State

1. Birth of a State

West Virginia formed after breaking away from Virginia during the Civil War. It was admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863 under a proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln. West Virginia is the only state to be admitted under presidential proclamation.

2. Mother’s Day Origin

Andrews Church in Grafton saw the first observance of Mother’s Day on May 10, 1908, before it became a national holiday in 1914.

3. New River Gorge Bridge

Dominating the skyline, the New River Gorge Bridge stands as the longest steel arch bridge in the Western Hemisphere, stretching an impressive 1,700 feet. Each October, thrill-seekers gather for Bridge Day, leaping from its heights in exhilarating parachute and bungee jumping feats.

4. Wheeling Suspension Bridge

Wheeling boasts one of the world’s earliest suspension bridges, constructed in November 1849, showcasing the state’s engineering prowess.

5. Organ Cave

Delve into the depths of Organ Cave, the largest natural cave in West Virginia and the third largest in the United States, offering a fascinating glimpse into the state’s geological wonders.

6. Forest Haven

With nearly 75 percent of its land covered by forests, West Virginia beckons outdoor enthusiasts with abundant camping opportunities amidst its scenic wilderness.

7. Coal Heritage

West Virginia’s coal legacy runs deep, with the state producing 15 percent of the nation’s coal. White Sulphur Springs is home to Coal House, a unique dwelling constructed entirely from coal, a testament to the state’s industrial heritage.

8. Pioneering Sales Tax

In a landmark move, West Virginia became the first state to implement a sales tax on July 1, 1921, setting a precedent for fiscal policy nationwide.

9. Golden Delicious Apples

Clay County holds the honor of being the birthplace of the Golden Delicious apple, originating from a tree planted in 1775, symbolizing West Virginia’s fruitful agricultural heritage.

Discover the Hidden Gems and Adventures of West Virginia

As you explore the hidden gems and storied past of West Virginia, you’ll uncover a tapestry of culture, innovation, and natural wonders that make it a treasure trove for adventurers and history buffs alike. And for those seeking an extra dose of adventure, don’t miss the chance to visit Harpers Ferry Adventure Center, nestled in the heart of this breathtaking landscape. With a plethora of outdoor activities including whitewater rafting, ziplining, and hiking, Harpers Ferry Adventure Center offers the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the wild beauty of West Virginia while creating unforgettable memories.

Don’t Just Take Our Word for It…

Kathleen NelsonKathleen Nelson
19:49 05 Feb 24
Exciting enough for the twenty something's, gentle enough for my grandkids, great time for all
Kelly RhodesKelly Rhodes
01:04 06 Nov 23
Excellent experience! Group of kids did the zip line tour and had an absolute blast. The guides Logan and Caden were excellent! So fun and everyone felt very safe and comfortable because of them.
Gabriel LeeGabriel Lee
17:56 05 Sep 23
We went white water tubing here with a party of 10 people and had blast. The initial bus ride to the drop off point was a bit long but they sent us in right away. The entire trip down stream took about 2 hours. The water level is a bit low and towards the end the water does get fairly shallow and you need to be careful with the slipper rocks. The white water wasn’t intense at all with it maybe passing as a category 1 not the 3-4 as noted but that was also due to the low water levels. Definitely pack sunscreen and water shoes and you’ll have a great time
Liam AmiriLiam Amiri
13:11 27 Aug 23
This adventure center is very well organized and safe. Loved it.Just make sure before coming for water activities you are wearing proper shoes and you have phone and wallet bags that can be attached to you at all time. Don't lose your stuff in the water...
Alexia StricklandAlexia Strickland
15:11 14 Aug 23
I normally do not write reviews but A group of us went for my boyfriend’s 29th birthday and had a blast. Bella and Kayden were the absolute best Zipline instructors. They were fun, personable and informative with our instructions. We did the Zipline/White water Tubing package and enjoyed the whole day. The facilities were clean, friendly staff, and the team were very accommodating to our requests even when they didnt have to. Definitely want to come back!
Elizabeth HoustonElizabeth Houston
03:47 26 Jun 23
Such a great and full day for our family! Would highly recommend! We did ropes course and rafting. Patrick was awesome with the ropes! He was helpful and so patient. My 10 year old was not feeling the 3rd level fall-but really wanted to do it. Patrick really encouraged him in the best way to jump to it! We had a break in between and the Harpers Ferry Brewery next door was an added bonus we could walk to easily (we went back after too). We ended the day rafting with Liam as our guide. What an experience! He was very friendly, funny and confident on the water. He went out of his way for us to get the most out of the rafting experience. Such a great day-we all really enjoyed ourselves.