Bluestone National Scenic River

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Bluestone National Scenic River

West Virginia

(304) 465-0508

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Bluestone National Scenic River is preserved as a living landscape that provides an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of plants and animals. The park protects a 10.5-mile section of the Bluestone River in Southern West Virginia. This scenic river preserves relatively unspoiled land in southern West Virginia and contains natural and historic features of the Appalachian plateau. In its 11 miles, the lower Bluestone River offers excellent warm water fishing, hiking, boating, and scenery.

Map of Bluestone

Latitude, Longitude: 37.542910, -80.997605



  • Boating

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  • Bicycling

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  • Fishing

    Fishing is a popular activity on the Bluestone River. Smallmouth bass along with rock bass and bluegill are the favored game fish. With proper respect for the river and its resources and a few safety precautions, anglers can enjoy a quality fishing experience. A West Virginia state fishing license is required. The Bluestone River, together with the nearby New and Greenbrier rivers, make this area of Southern West Virginia a great place for fishing. The natural beauty is an added bonus!

  • Hiking

    The Bluestone Turnpike Trail is a 10.5-mile moderate hiking trail that follows the path of an old riverbank road. Along this trail you may see many of the area's wildflowers. Hunting is permitted during certain seasons. Hikers are advised to wear blaze orange during these periods. This trail connects Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. These state parks also offer good hiking trails. Birding and wildlife watching are also popular activities along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. The river, its banks, and slopes above, provide habitat for a variety of wildlife.

  • Horseback Riding

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  • Hunting

    In approximately 70% of Bluestone National Scenic River lands, hunting and trapping are permitted. This portion of the park is managed as part of the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area. A West Virginia state hunting license is required and all state hunting regulations apply. For more information contact the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources. Park visitors are advised to wear orange clothing during hunting seasons.

  • Water Sports

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Weather in the Bluestone National Scenic River area varies seasonally, but the climate is generally mild. Winter can bring significant snowfall, but it is usually short-lived. Summers can be warm and humid. The weather in the spring and fall is generally pleasant, with mild temperatures. The park is open year round. Access via Pipestem Resort State Park is more difficult during November through April, when the aerial tram is not in operation. At present there is no National Park Service visitor center at Bluestone National Scenic River.



Bluestone National Scenic River is located in southeastern West Virginia and is best accessed via one of two West Virginia State Parks that lie at each end, Bluestone State Park to the north and Pipestem Resort State Park to the south. To reach these parks from I-64, take exit 139, then south on Rt. 20. Bluestone State Park is 15 miles and Pipestem is 22 miles. From I-77 take exit 14 to Rt.20 north. Pipestem is 14 miles and Bluestone is 22 miles.

Phone Numbers


(304) 465-0508