Your Guide to Bluestone National Scenic River
The Bluestone River and the rugged and ancient gorge it has carved is a richly diverse and scenic area of the southern Appalachians.
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.
Bluestone National Scenic River is most easily accessed via Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. A narrow, graveled park road provides access to the Bluestone Turnpike Trail at the former Lilly town site at the confluence of the Little Bluestone River. To reach these parks from I-64, take exit 139, then south on Rt. 20. From I-77 take exit 14 to Rt.20 north. Either direction, Bluestone State Park is 15 miles and Pipestem is 22 miles.
GPS: lat: 37.56577087, long: -80.98366657
Physical address: 3405 Pipestem Drive, Pipestem, WV, 25979
Mailing address: P.O. Box 246, Glen Jean, WV, 25846
There is no entrance fee for the park. Pipestem Resort State Park charges a small fee to ride the tram to and from the bottom at the entrance in Pipestem.
Summer: Temperatures range from low to mid 60's at night to middle to upper 80's during the daytime hours.
Winter: Temperatures average from the mid 20's to the mid 40's. Snowfall amount varies, but averages 5" per month Dec. - March.
Spring and Fall: temperatures and rainfall variable.
Peak fall foliage is usually mid-October.
Hours for Bluestone National Scenic River
The park is accessible year-round at two entrance points, Bluestone State Park and the former Lilly townsite, and seasonally at Pipestem Resort State Park. The park is open 24 hours a day. View closures: https://www.nps.gov/blue/planyourvisit/hours.htm
Sunday: All Day
Monday: All Day
Tuesday: All Day
Wednesday: All Day
Thursday: All Day
Friday: All Day
Saturday: All Day