Pipestem Resort State Park RV & Campground Guide

West Virginia

Pipestem Resort State Park

stretches over 4,050 acres in the Bluestone River Gorge of West Virginia and boasts scenic views of steep terrains, rugged wilderness, and rushing waters against the backdrop of the Appalachian Mountains. The park derives its name from a local shrub that Native Americans and early pioneers used to create shafts for their tobacco pipes. This “pipe stem” became the namesake of Pipestem Resort State Park, which officially opened in 1970 thanks to President John F. Kennedy, who established the park in an effort to stimulate the local economy. 

Adventure lovers and nature enthusiasts are attracted to Pipestem Resort State Park for its plentiful recreational activities. There’s no shortage of things to do at the park, whether it’s getting an adrenaline rush from zip lining, hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding through the wilderness or heading to the waters of Long Branch Lake and Bluestone River for kayaking, fishing, and swimming. And that’s not even including the Nature Center’s educational programs, open-air concerts at the amphitheater, or the 18-hole championship golf course.

Pipestem Resort State Park offers non-stop fun for everyone, no matter if you’re traveling solo, in a group, or with your family. With numerous outdoor activities and stunning mountain scenery, Pipestem Resort State Park is a no-brainer for where you should go on your next vacation. Read further for where to stay, eat, and play near the park.

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Weather
Spring 36-61 F
Summer 57-77 F
Fall 40-62 F
Winter 21-39 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Pipestem Resort State Park

Visitors flock to Pipestem Resort State Park for adventure and relaxation in the natural beauty of the Appalachian Mountains. When planning where to stay during your trip, you may research hotels, hostels, and tent camping in the area — but have you considered researching RVs? 

RVing is a popular, convenient way to get the most out of your trip: you can connect with nature while traveling (and camping) at your own pace. You’ll also have numerous amenities at your fingertips, including a refrigerator, comfy bed, and A/C. RVshare makes it easy to rent an RV in your area or travel destination. Near Pipestem Resort State Park, you can find RVs in Charleston and Roanoke and stay in campgrounds nearby, including:

Pipestem Resort State Park Campground

Stay close to all the action by camping at Pipestem Resort State Park. Open year-round, the campground has 82 RV and tent camping sites — 31 with full hookups, 19 electric only — and access to numerous amenities like heated bathhouses, coin laundry, and a camp store. Plus it’s a short walk to the park. Rates are $30 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes
  • Electrical hookup: Yes
  • Sewer hookup: Yes
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Heated bathhouses, laundry facility, playground, camp store, propane filling station, bike rentals

Bluestone State Park Campground

Located 12 miles from Pipestem, this campground is open from spring through fall and has 76 camping sites with limited electrical and water hookups. Check out Bluestone State Park to hike along rugged mountain terrain and swim in the vast waters of Bluestone Lake. Rates are $29 per night with electrical hookup.

  • Water hookup: Yes (limited)
  • Electrical hookup: Yes (limited)
  • Sewer hookup: No
  • Wifi: Yes
  • Pet friendly: Yes
  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, picnic area, camp store, dump station, firewood for sale, hiking, biking, swimming pool, lake access

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What to Do at
Pipestem Resort State Park

Inside Pipestem Resort State Park

There’s truly an endless amount of recreational activities at Pipestem Resort State Park, from multi-use trails perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding to aerial tours like ziplining and tramway rides and water sports like swimming, canoeing, and fishing — not to mention the outdoor concerts and plays at the park’s open-air amphitheater. And that’s just in the summer! 

Wintertime transforms the park into a snow resort where visitors can go cross-country skiing and sledding. Added to that, the Nature Center is open year-round with displays of native plants and animals, plus programmings like guided tours and bird watching. 

Here is a (non-exhaustive) list of the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking and Biking - Hiking is popular year-round with 20 different trails of varying length and intensity, from easy loops like Dogwood Trail to challenging climbs like Bluestone Turnpike Trail. Bring your own bike or rent one on-site for an exciting ride through the park’s picturesque trails.

Aerial Tours - Get your adrenaline pumping as you soar through treetops on the Pipestem Peaks Zipline Tour, which also includes nine zip lines and cable bridge. The aerial tramway transports visitors up and down the 3,600 feet of the Bluestone River Gorge for a complete view of its majesty.

Swimming - Swim around the park’s new adventure lake and splash park, complete with 15 inflatable features, or visit the indoor swimming pool at McKeever Lodge, where you’ll also find a sauna and fitness center for next-level relaxation. 

Fishing and Boating - Fishing and boating enthusiasts alike will enjoy the waters of Long Branch Lake, Bluestone River, and New River. Anglers with a valid fishing license can cast a line for some of the best trout and smallmouth bass fishing in the state. In the summer, boating rentals are available for rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards.

Golfing - Test out your golf game at the par-3 golf course or 18-hole championship course with stunning views of Bluestone River Gorge or check out the shorter 9-hole course and driving range. The Recreation Center also has disc golf and putt-putt golf.

Sledding and Skiing - Snow transforms the Appalachian Mountains into a winter wonderland, which is perfect for cross-country skiing and sledding. Bring your own sled or cross-country skis or rent equipment at the park’s Pro Shop.

Outside Pipestem Resort State Park

With so many options for adventure, lodging, and dining, you never really have to leave Pipestem Resort State Park! But if you’re ready for a change of pace, then venture into Princeton or Hinton where you can learn more about the area’s history and stroll around downtown for your choice of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

Restaurants

Mountain Creek Dining Room

Take the park’s aerial tramway to this riverside restaurant in Mountain Creek Lodge for a fine dining experience and unique menu items like pecan-crusted rainbow trout or sous vide duck breast. For dessert, take the tramway to Tramway Sweets & Treats for an ice cream treat.

Type: American

Location: Pipestem, WV

A Taste of Memphis

This locally owned restaurant serves authentic hickory-smoked barbecue at reasonable prices. Order favorites like the pulled pork sandwich, slow-cooked ribs, or half chicken with a side of hush puppies or baked potato.

Type: American, barbecue

Location: Princeton, WV

Market on Courthouse Square

A cornerstone of Hilton’s Historic District, this restaurant has wood-fired pizzas, sandwiches, and entrees that are sure to satisfy anyone’s appetite. Top it off with a glass of wine or cold beer and gelato for dessert.

Type: Pizza, cafe

Location: Hinton, WV

Chestnut Revival

Open for breakfast and lunch, this cozy cafe serves up delicious dishes and assorted coffees and teas. You can’t go wrong with favorites like the grilled shrimp salad and muffaletta sandwich or any of their wraps, soups, and baked goods.

Type: American, cafe

Location: Hinton, WV

Shopping

Otter and Oak

This retailer has everything you need for outdoor adventure from sporting goods and gear to footwear and apparel. It also carries unique gifts including home goods, beauty products, artwork, stained glass, and pottery.

Location: Hinton, WV

Hinton Historic District

Set on the picturesque New River, this area boasts many historical buildings of late 19th and early 20th-century design, which now house small boutiques, outdoor recreational retailers, antique shops, as well as many charming B&Bs, theaters, and restaurants.

Location: Hinton, WV

Sightseeing

Hinton Railroad Museum

This museum opens its doors each summer to share the rich railroad history of Hinton and across the state and features artifacts and mementos from the C&O Railway dating from 1873 to present day. Admission is free.

Location: Hinton, WV

Chuck Mathena Center

With beautiful architecture, large seating capacity, and state-of-the-art audio and visuals, this performing arts center regularly hosts events and performances, including off-Broadway plays and musicals, dance recitals, and comedy shows.

Location: Princeton, WV

Bluestone State Park

This state park is home to Bluestone Lake, the state’s third-largest body of water. Stroll around the water’s edge, soak up the stunning lakeside views, and take a moment to breathe in the mountain air. Hiking trails are also available.

Location: Hinton, WV

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How to Get to
Pipestem Resort State Park

Pipestem Resort State Park is located in Pipestem, WV and is near major routes like Interstates 64 and 77.

From I-77, take exit 14 for County Highway 7 toward WV-20 / Athens Road. Continue on WV-20 North for 12 miles before reaching the park’s entrance on the left.

From I-64, if traveling south, then continue on I-64 until it turns into 1-77, then follow the directions for I-77 above. If traveling west, continue on I-64 until exit 139 toward WV-20 / Standstone / Hinton. Continue on WV-20 South for 25 miles before reaching the park’s entrance on the right.

Address: 3405 Pipestem Dr, Pipestem, WV 25979

Entering Pipestem Resort State Park

The park has no entrance fee and is open from 6am to 10pm everyday.

We hope you’re ready now for your next adventure to Pipestem Resort State Park! Whether you zipline through the wilderness or ride the aerial tramway down the gorge, take us along for the fun by tagging us on social media or sending your photos and stories to [email protected]. You could end up on our blog or social media. Happy (RV) camping!