redbud in bloom along the Bluestone gorge

The rugged and ancient Bluestone River Gorge is a richly diverse and scenic area of the southern Appalachian Mountains. Time spent in thoughtful solitude along this little mountain river offers the visitor a vestige of primitive America. There are over a thousand species of plants growing in several diverse Appalachian forest habitat types. Two hundred species of birds have been spotted in the park. The Bluestone also provides excellent areas for watching many mammal, amphibian, reptile and insect species. The riverbed habitat is alive with a carpet of macro-invertebrate aquatic species, and supports healthy populations of many warm water game and non-game fishes. The Bluestone River is classified as a High Quality Warm Water Stream by the state of West Virginia.


The diversity of habitats in the Bluestone Gorge make this a haven for wildlife. Check the animals section to learn more about some of the animals that live here. more...


Extremes in topography and elevation account for the great diversity of plant life found in the park. Check the plants section to learn more about the diversity of plants found at Bluestone National Scenic River. more...

Bluestone Gorge

Natural Features and Ecosystems
Check this section to learn more about the geology, geography, and ecosystems found at Bluestone National Scenic River. more...

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846


(304) 465-0508
This is the phone number for the administrative offices of the park and is answered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Park information is available at the Sandstone Visitor Center at 304-465-2515 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week.

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