In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System
and National Wild & Scenic Rivers Systems
in 2018, the National Park Foundation has awarded a grant to the National Parks of Southern West Virginia in support of the Love Your Park initiative. This initiative helps to foster a better sense of ownership and stewardship of our parks through service. The National Park Service, along with the Friends of New River Gorge National River are planning three work days to help improve the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, a scenic and historic walking path that runs the entire 10 mile length of Bluestone National Scenic River.
Join local communities across the country to help protect and preserve these treasured resources. Have fun with your family, friends, and community while you give back! Together, we can keep our rivers and trails beautiful and vibrant for current and future generations.
Come and “Love Your Park” by joining us for one of three work days to help pick up trash and work on trail improvement projects.
Saturday September 22, 2018 10:00am-4:00pm
Trail improvement projects from Pipestem to Lilly (this will involve a seven mile walk; shuttle back to Pipestem will be provided)
Meet at Pipestem State Park Tram/Canyon Rim Center @ 9:30am
Saturday October 6, 2018 10:00am-2:00pm
Work day at Lilly
Meet at Lilly at 10:00 - please register first with Adrienne Jenkins at 304-465-2634 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to sign up, contact the volunteer coordinator @ email@example.com or 304.465.2634
Saturday November 17, 2018 2:00-4:00 pm
A Celebration of Rivers
Please join the National Park Service and Friends of New River Gorge National River as we celebrate these milestones of National Parks of Southern West Virginia at Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing, West Virginia.
- 30th - Bluestone National Scenic River and Gauley River National Recreation Area
- 40th - New River Gorge National River
- 50th - National Wild and Scenic River
Event will include remarks by Superintendent Lizzie Watts and early park supporters, launch of the new Love Your Park Challenge, and a visit with Three Rivers Avian Center.