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Initially a part of Virginia, West Virginia separated in 1863 and was included in the constitution as the 35th state of the USA. Divided into 55 counties, West Virginia is ranked 41st in area and is the 37th most populous state. Charleston is the largest city and also the state capital. Huntington, Parkersburg, Morgantown and Wheeling are the other major cities. The state shares a common boundary line with Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Several historically important locations find place in the state on account of the intriguing past. From the recreated hundred year old coal mines that bring alive the hardships of miners in the past (Coal Heritage Trail) to the re-enactment of the Civil War battle at the original site (Civil War Discovery Trail), there is active representation of West Virginia‚Äôs history and this truly is heart warming. The Railroad history, African-American Heritage and the Berkeley Springs State Park - a centuries old spa, are the other attractions.
The amazing natural beauty of the state is much talked about all over the country. Only someone who has visited the state would know exactly why West Virginia is called the hub of outdoor recreation. The stunning natural settings include globally acclaimed whitewater rivers, exciting mountain bike terrain and some grand skiing and winter sport resorts. Additionally the numerous park areas coupled with the wide expanses of wilderness provide one of its kind fishing, hiking, swimming, boating and hunting experiences. The flawless backdrops make a trip to any location memorable.
Every inch of West Virginia is beyond doubt a picture perfect location.