Bluestone National Scenic River

The Bluestone National Scenic River is the lower 10.5-mile section of the Bluestone River in Southern Appalachians of West Virginia. Part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System, the Bluestone National Scenic River flows through a gorge 1,000 feet deep that is steeped in the history and natural beauty of the Appalachian plateau. 

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Things To Do Near Bluestone National Scenic River

The Bluestone National Scenic River is a pristine slice of nature that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. Hikers along the nearly 10-mile Bluestone Turnpike Trail might still discover the artifacts from some of the area's earliest settlers as they pass near the site where the town of Lilly once stood. The Bluestone River winds through a 1,000-foot-deep gorge and offers visitors the chance to try their hand at warm water fishing. When the water is high enough, paddling the peaceful river is a popular way to enjoy the stunning scenery. 

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How To Get To Bluestone National Scenic River

The Bluestone National Scenic River is most easily accessed via the two West Virginia State Parks that border it — Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. From I-64, take Exit 139 to Route 20 South. Follow Route 20 South for 15 miles to Bluestone State Park or 22 miles to Pipestem State Park. From I-77, you will take exit 14 to Route 20 North. Follow Route 20 North for 14 miles to Pipestem or 22 miles to Bluestone.  From Bluestone State Park, you can reach the Bluestone National Scenic River by following the signage for the Old Mill Campground and continuing to a small parking lot near an iron gate. From Pipestem, you can access the Bluestone National Scenic River via the aerial tram that will take you down to the floor of the 1,000-foot gorge or by hiking down The River Trail.  The Bluestone National Scenic River is open 24/7 year-round, but no overnight camping is allowed on the trail.

Address

3405 Pipestem Drive, Pipestem, WV 25979

Fee: Entry Fee (per person) There is no entry fee.

Fee: Tram Fee (per adult) $8

Fee: Tram Fee (per child aged 5-12) $6

Fee: Tram Fee (per child under 5) Children under 5 years old ride free with an adult.

The Bluestone National Scenic River is a hidden gem nestled between two West Virginia state parks, making it a perfect stop on a scenic RV trip through the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Whether you're looking to relax and take in the lush scenery, explore the area's history, or try your luck with a fishing pole, the Bluestone Scenic River offers a little something for everyone. Add this destination to your travel plans because you won't want to miss it.