Beautiful Bluestone

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.

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Bluestone River Walk

From late spring through fall park rangers lead a two-mile round trip hike along the Bluestone River.

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Your Safety

Taking time to plan and prepare for your visit to Bluestone National Scenic River will better ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable time.

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Social Media: Join the Conversation

Stay connected with what is happening at Bluestone National Scenic River, New River Gorge National River, and Gauley River National Recreation Area.

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The Bluestone River is a popular warm water fishery. Smallmouth bass, bluegill, and rock bass are some of the sport fish.

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The Lost Town of Lilly

Faint remains of this historic townsite can still be found along the Bluestone Turnpike.

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