Bluestone National Scenic River is a living landscape that provides an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of plants and animals. Created in 1988, this Wild and Scenic River protects a 10.5 mile section of the free-flowing Bluestone River. The Bluestone is named for the deep blue limestone riverbed of its upper reaches in Virginia. The rugged and ancient 1,000 gorge carved by the river is a richly diverse and scenic area of the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Summer: Temperatures range from low to mid 60's at night to middle to upper 80's during the daytime hours. Winter: Temperatures average from the mid 20's to the mid 40's. Snowfall amount varies, but averages 5" per month Dec. - March. Spring and Fall: temperatures and rainfall variable. Peak fall foliage is usually mid-October.
Entrance - $0.00
There is no entrance fee for the park. Pipestem Resort State Park charges a small fee to ride the tram to and from the bottom at the entrance in Pipestem.
Sandstone Visitor Center
Sandstone Visitor Center is located in New River Gorge National River near Sandstone, WV, and is the primary National Park Service information site for Bluestone National Scenic River. Information can also be obtained at Bluestone State Park and Pipestem State Park, both which border Bluestone National Scenic River.
Please be aware of the following Bluestone National Scenic River regulations:
Last updated: November 13, 2017