While there are many different types of snakes found at Bluestone National Scenic River, only two types are poisonous; the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake. Although these snakes are not normally aggressive, they can bite if surprised or threatened. Copperheads and rattlesnakes are an essential part of the natural ecosystem and an important component in the natural food chain. Please remember that snakes are protected at Bluestone National Scenic River; it is illegal to harm them.
The copperhead and the rattlesnake share three characteristics that can quickly distinguish them from other non-venomous snakes.
How to avoid being bitten:
First Aid for a Snake Bite:
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The upper Bluestone River is a popular whitewater run during higher springtime flows. This upper is rated Class III-IV and is for experienced boaters. The lower section is suitable for beginning paddlers.