Bluestone National Scenic River

Overview

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.

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Seasonality / Weather

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.

Directions

Driving: 

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.