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Your Guide to Bluestone National Scenic River

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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.

Contact Information

Phone: 3044650508

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:

Sunday: All Day

Monday: All Day

Tuesday: All Day

Wednesday: All Day

Thursday: All Day

Friday: All Day

Saturday: All Day