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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Plan Your Visit

Before you visit the park, visit the website to learn about all you can do at Bluestone National Scenic River.

A hike along the Bluestone.

Bluestone River Hike

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


100 Mile Challenge

Are you ready to hike 100 miles along the Bluestone and in New River Gorge? Celebrate the NPS Centennial with our 100 Mile Challenge!

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Friends of New River Gorge Natl. River

Our friends group supports the National Park Service's management of the New, Bluestone, and Gauley rivers in Southern West Virginia.

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Photos and Multimedia

Check out photo galleries, videos, and social media.

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Learn about the animals, plants, natural features, and ecosystems of the Bluestone Gorge.

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Learn more about the people, place, and stories that make up the rich cultural history of the Bluestone Gorge.

Last updated: February 3, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508

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