• river flowing through forest


    National Scenic River West Virginia


ruins of an old cabin

Walking through Bluestone National Scenic River today, one will find traces of the past; an old stone wall, a chimney or foundation protruding from the undergrowth, a headstone or cemetery seemingly lost in the forest. These tangible remains help to tell and preserve the stories of those who came before us.

historic photo of officers posing at a moonshine still

Moonshining on the Blue: Descending into the Bluestone Gorge on the tram at Pipestem Resort State Park, an attentive visitor may notice the moonshine still located under a huge rock overhang alongside a picturesque waterfall. The story of moonshining in this area is a testament to the subsistence lifestyles of those who once lived on the rugged land. more…

Did You Know?

The Bluestone River with the Bluestone Turnpike Trail just to the right.

The Bluestone River is managed jointly by the National Park Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.