Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

Celebrate 160 Wild and Wonderful Years

June 20, 1863 marks the date that West Virginia was recognized as the official 35th state in the United States of America. With 55 counties, four seasons, scenic landscapes, wildlife, outdoor adventures, Appalachian history, delicious food (our state delicacy–the pepperoni roll), and friendly folks, it’s no wonder they call West Virginia “Almost Heaven.”

This year, our “Wild and Wonderful” state turns 160! See how you can show your appreciation for our Mountain State in Mountaineer Country by attending true West Virginia events or exploring its vast, outdoor beauty.



Check out the many Mountaineer Country events taking place this weekend and next!

  • Hellbent WV Day Festival: This year, Morgantown Brewing Company is working together with some good friends to hold a special event to celebrate West Virginia! On June 24th, they will be holding the second annual Hellbent WV Day Festival with Keep On Creepin’ On! It’s sure to be a day full of food, vendors, cocktails, and brews featuring all the best our state has to offer!
  • West Virginia Day 2023 at the Apothecary Ale House & Cafe: The 11th Annual West Virginia Day Tap Takeover is back! See which one of your favorite brews are featured for the day.
  • Cheer on the West Virginia Black Bears at the Monongalia County Ballpark: The Black Bears will take on The Trenton Thunder on Friday, June 16, and end the evening with fireworks to celebrate!
  • West Virginia’s Birthday! Head to Coopers Rock State Forest for a birthday photo on the #AlmostHeaven swing. Follow our social media for yearly birthday celebrations.


  • Preston County History Day: Celebrate West Virginia’s 160th birthday early by learning more about our history and who and what came before us in Preston County.
  • The Making of the 35th State: Join West Virginia & Regional History Center at WVU Libraries for a discussion on the creation of the 35th state with Dr. Scott MacKenzie author of The Fifth Border State: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829-1872.
  • West Virginia Birthday Party: Head to High Street in Downtown Morgantown for a birthday celebration featuring games, live music, food, and celebratory cupcakes, compliments of WVU. Come out and help celebrate our beautiful mountain state!



  • Paddle the Monongahela River: Looking for something relaxing to do this weekend? Grab your kayak or canoe and enjoy a leisure escape down the Monongahela River. Take in the scenic views on either side of the river and unwind.
  • Bike ride the Rail to Trail: Rent a bicycle from Wamsley Cycles in the Seneca Center or break out your own to ride along the Monongahela River. The local Deckers Creek Rail to Trail expands for 19 miles, and it allows cyclists to enjoy the scenic waterway and West Virginia nature throughout the ride.
  • Raft on the Cheat River: Book a raft trip with Cheat River Outfitters in Albright, West Virginia and make a memory that will last a lifetime. Experience the wild and wonderful nature there is along this rapid-filled waterway in Greater Morgantown.
  • Hike the Raven’s Rock trail in Coopers Rock State Forest: Take the adventurous route and hike 2.5 miles to Raven’s Rock. This scenic view allows you to see the mountainous landscape from all viewpoints and provides a different perspective from the overlook.
  • Cool off at Tygart Lake State Park’s Tygart Adventure Lake: The adventure lake at Tygart Lake State Park features twenty-five giant inflatables and a sandy beach area with lounge chairs. Whether you want to catch some rays or jump right in the water this is the place for families to have easy summer fun.

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