West Virginia is rich with natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a unique cultural climate that combines the spirit of Appalachia with the colorful, international flavor of our residents from around the globe.
More than 200,000 acres of the state have been set aside as state parks, forests and wildlife management areas. These sites offer areas of pristine, scenic beauty, natural wonders, and historical significance as well as recreational enjoyment. Hiking and rock climbing can be enjoyed here and in areas such as Spruce Knob, the state's highest point at 4,863 feet, located in the gorgeous, rugged Seneca Rocks region overlooking the North Fork River. Or you can try the New River Gorge National Recreation Area, with its 1,500 climbing routes in a 10-mile stretch. For caving enthusiasts, more than 500 caves have been explored and catalogued in the state, and countless more await their first human visitors. Five commercial caverns, including Smoke Hole, Seneca, and Lost World Caverns, provide guided tours, and several spelunking organizations sponsor monthly excursions.
The world-famous Greenbrier Resort is tucked away among the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs. It offers three championship 18-hole golf courses, a 65,000 square foot golf academy staffed by six PGA and LPGA professionals, fine shopping, a full-service salon and spa, and a wide range of other outdoor and leisure activities for the entire family. Starting in 2011, the Greenbrier hosted the PGA Tour and introduced the golfing world to the legendary "Greenbrier Classic". After just two years, The Greenbrier Classic has been awarded the designation of "Best in Class Tournament on the PGA TOUR" by the PGA TOUR itself. Also, each year The Greenbrier hosts The Sam Snead Festival Pro-Am. Golfers who have played at The Greenbrier include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Nick Faldo and Tom Watson, just to name a few. The Greenbrier proudly announces that its Executive Chef Richard Rosendale won the prestigious Bocuse d'Or USA Finals, held January 29, 2012, at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. A tremendous achievement, Chef Rosendale will now represent the United States at the 2013 Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France (January 29-30, 2013), where he will be joined by his commis (assistant) Corey Siegel. The Resort also hosts the world-renowned LaVarenne Cooking School for a series of week-long programs in the early spring.