Happy Birthday, West Virginia!

Celebrate 155 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 155! See how you can show your appreciation for our Mountain State in Greater Morgantown by attending true West Virginia events or exploring its vast, outdoor beauty.


Support the many Greater Morgantown events taking place this weekend!

  • Hilly Billy Roubaix:  Saturday, June 23, avid road bike racers will be traveling to through the “hollers and hills” of West Virginia to compete for the Hillbilly Roubaix title. This 72″ish” mile dirty road bicycle race through the country around Morgantown and South Western Pennsylvania is both scenic and challenging. While the hills are known for their intensity level, the cool mountain air and shady paths make it a balanced experience. Want to learn more or register to compete? There’s still time! Visit the Hillbilly Roubaix Facebook page for details.
  • STIHL TimberSports Pro Lumberjack Competition: The Greater Morgantown CVB proudly supports the 2018 STIHL TimberSports Pro Lumberjack Competition and Festival. This event takes place inside of the Hazel Ruby Community Center at Mylan Park Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24. Doors officially open at 10 a.m. both mornings. National and World Champions will be returning to compete in our local facility including five-time US National Champion Matt Coger and Mel Lentz, the “King of Lumberjacks.” There will be dozens of vendors inside the facility for guests to explore, and be sure to register for all of the giveaway prizes while you’re browsing.
  • GMCVB’s West Virginia Birthday Celebration during the West Virginia Black Bears Game: Join the GMCVB at the Monongalia County Ballpark this Saturday, June 23 for tourism night and a birthday celebration for our state. Our staff will be providing free birthday cake, the state’s “Almost Heaven” tourism stickers, throwing out the first pitch and sponsoring the post-game fireworks. Business vendors will be stationed throughout the ballpark as well to provide guests with information. There will also be prizes for lucky birthday party attendees!

If you’re there, share your photos with us by using #TourMorgantown in your posts! Can’t make it? We will be posting live videos and story features on Facebook and Instagram all weekend.


  • 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.

Don’t forget to take a West Virginia “Almost Heaven” sticker with you while embarking on these adventures, and be sure to take a picture of it and post on social media with #AlmostHeaven for all to see! Don’t have one? Visit us at the GMCVB to pick one up today.

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