West Virginia

West Virginia Listeni/ˌwɛst vərˈdʒɪnjə/ is a state located in the Appalachian region of the Southern United States. It is bordered by Virginia to the southeast, Kentucky to the southwest, Ohio to the northwest, Pennsylvania to the north (and, slightly, east), and Maryland to the northeast. West Virginia is the 41st largest by area and the 38th most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and largest city is Charleston.


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Brake, West Virginia
George Washington National Forest
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Google Maps: 2016 Unemployment Rate In West Virginia

The Southern portion of West Virginia is not just the poorest part of the state, it is also the region with the state's highest unemployment rates. McDowell County and Mingo County had a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of 12.1% and 12.6% respectively -- one of the highest in the nation.

Data Source: US Department of Labor, Local Area Unemployment Statistics. 2016 Unemployment Rate. https://www.bls.gov/lau/

Google Maps: Median Household Income In West Virginia

The wealthiest part of West Virginia is Harpers Ferry - Martinsburg in panhandle of West Virginia -- home to many commuters in the Washington DC Metro area. The poorest region is coal fields of southern most West Virginia, including towns of Bradsaw, Welch, Pineville, and Landgraft.

Data Source: 2015 American Community Survey Estimates, Median Household Income by County Subdivision. http://factfinder.census.gov/

Google Maps: Campgrounds In Monongehella, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests

This interactive map shows all of the developed campgrounds in the Monongahela National Forest along with the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in West Virgina and Virgina in the Allegheny Mountains.

Data Source - Forest Service Recreational Opporunities Database. http://data.fs.usda.gov/geodata/edw/datasets.php?xmlKeyword=Recreation+Opportunities

Thinking about how I’m going to get to West Virginia on my autumn trip down there. I don’t think I will have enough daylight to make it down there on my first day, so I have to figure out a stop over somewhere in Pennsylvania.

I’m thinking about Bald Eagle State Park in Centre County, Penna, which is near Lockport and State College. They have campsites with electricity for $15-17 and are open year round. This would give my inverter a break and would mean a hot shower in the morning.

From there, i would hop on the Bud Shuster’s expressway, the I-99 that cuts through the hills, releasing acid mine discharger stronger then battery acid, and head down to West Virginia via that short section of US 220 and I-68 through Cumberland which is a clusterfuck of an expressway with sharp curves and steep hills.

Then maybe spend the second night at Camp Run Campground in Fort Seybert, WV. I should make it there before it gets too dark out, if all goes well, and I don’t take too many side trips on my way down there.

Then there is West Virginia. I have a list of places I want to go to but, I think about them some more. Maybe a future post.