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One of the most beautiful states in the nation, the Mountain State lies in the mid-Atlantic region – the heart of the Appalachian Highlands. Mostly a rugged hilly terrain interspersed with small valleys, the state’s highest point is at Spruce Knob (4,861 ft) and its lowest at Harpers Ferry (240 ft). Each region of the state offers an abundance and diverse blend of cultural, historical, arts and sciences, sports, recreational, entertainment and outdoor activities for all ages to experience and enjoy. The state enjoys four distinct seasons, which vary dramatically across the state. Mountainous areas experience colder temperatures and greater snowfall during the winter, which are perfect for the state’s ski resorts, and summers are pleasant and mild. Lower elevations experience milder winters and summers can be quite warm. Cost of living in West Virginia is one of the lowest in the nation, making it an ideal place to reside and conduct business.

Area Codes:  304 and 681

Sales Tax:  6% is standard Sales and Use Tax. Note, however, the sales tax on the sale, purchase, and use of food and food ingredients intended for human consumption is 3% (does not apply to prepared food, food sold in a heated state, or food sold with eating utensils provided by the seller, which remains at 6%).  [NOTE: Production companies are eligible for exemption from the state sales tax. See Incentives for details or contact the Film Office.]

Time Zone:  Eastern Standard Time (Daylight Savings Time is observed)

Highway Conditions:  877.982.7623 (recorded message)

Highway Emergencies:  To report accidents, highway emergencies, and hazards, dial 9-1-1. Mobile phone users may also dial *SP to reach the State Police.

Highway Courtesy Patrol:  If you require roadside assistance between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 am, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, you may contact the West Virginia Courtesy Patrol Communications Center toll-free at 888-359-3683. Courtesy Patrol drivers assist stranded motorists; help reduce the chance of secondary accidents; provide gasoline or directions; and, in general, enhance safety on the state's roadways. Drivers patrol 25 assigned zones on 8 interstates and 5 corridors in 30 counties in well-marked white F-150 trucks. The West Virginia Courtesy Patrol is operated by the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia via contract with the Division of Highways. Further details can be found at http://www.wvccc.com/courtesypatrol/.

Interstate & Other Speed Limits:  70 mph (unless otherwise posted) on interstate highways; speed limits on other major highways and smaller roadways vary; be alert to posted notices.

Seatbelts:  Seatbelts are required by state law.

Motorcyclists:  Motorcyclists are required to wear helmets and safety, shatter-resistant eye protection or face shield; headlights must be on at all times during operation.

West Virginia Facts
West Virginia Facts Brochure

A brochure with a collection of facts on West Virginia.
Unique Places to Dine
Unique Places to Dine

West Virginia is full of mouth-watering aromas and scrumptious flavors. Whatever your taste or dining style, discovering and sampling the Mountain State’s rich food heritage will without a doubt satisfy your cravings.

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