The Mountaineer State of West Virginia is nestled along the steep ridges and green valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, making it a wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts the year round. The Ohio River runs almost the entire western edge of the state, providing boating, fishing, swimming, and camping delights in the summer months. For whitewater rafting enthusiasts, West Virginia has approximately 2,000 miles of mountain waterways. Cultural activities include Civil War re-enactments, Appalachian music festivals, antique and crafts exhibitions, and Charleston's Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences.
West Virginia has 22 private and 21 public colleges and universities. Morgantown is home to West Virginia University, founded in 1867. The school has its own monorail transit line. The state's oldest private school, Bethany College, first opened its doors to students in 1840.