• river flowing through forest


    National Scenic River West Virginia


historic photo of Lilly townsite

Walking along the Bluestone Turnpike today, it is hard to believe that this was once a major thoroughfare used by Native Americans and later by early settlers and subsistence farmers who settled along the Bluestone River. Small farms were found throughout the Bluestone Gorge. The town of Lilly was once home for many families. Now only a few traces of foundations remain.

historical photo of Lilly townsite

The Lost Town of Lilly: Once the largest town in the Bluestone Gorge, only the traces of a few foundations remains today. 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.