• river flowing through forest

    Bluestone

    National Scenic River West Virginia

People

sign commemorating the Lilly townsite
 

The Bluestone Gorge once provided a route of transportation and migration through a rugged, untamed wilderness. Throughout time, people have passed through the gorge and sometimes settled here. Their stories combine to form the rich cultural history preserved as a part of Bluestone National Scenic River.

 
historic photo of cabin

Thomas Ingles: Mary Draper Ingles' story of capture by the Shawnees and her escape and torturous journey following the New River home is a fantastic story of survival and perseverance. Her son, Thomas Ingles, has an equally amazing story. more…

Did You Know?

foot bridge on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail

The Bluestone Turnpike, a riverbank road used by those who farmed and timbered the area until the 1940s, is now a trail used by visitors to Bluestone National Scenic River.