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calm stretch of river
A peaceful stretch of the Bluestone River.

NPS photo/Dave Bieri

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.

Please be aware of the following Bluestone National Scenic River regulations:
  • Hunting and fishing are allowed throughout the park on federally-owned lands in accordance with state laws and regulations.
  • Hunting is not allowed within Pipestem Resort and Bluestone State Parks.
  • No trapping is allowed in the park.
  • Please note that, with the exception of legal hunting and fishing, all resources are protected including most plants and animals.
  • Camping is not permitted in Bluestone National Scenic River, but camping is available at Pipestem Resort State Park and Bluestone State Park nearby.
  • Fires are not permited.
  • Off-road vehicles are also prohibited. Violators are subject to fines up to $5000 and 6 months in jail.
  • Tampering, damaging or defacing public property is prohibited and will be strictly enforced.
  • Littering is prohibited and will be strictly enforced. Please pack out all bottles, cans, fishing line and other trash.
  • Pets must be restrained at all times and leashes are not to exceed 6 feet in length.

Last updated: February 8, 2024

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P.O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846



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