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Hikers on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail

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The Bluestone Turnpike Trail is a 9.5-mile moderate hiking trail that follows the path of an old riverbank road. Farmed and timbered until the 1940's, this forested area now has a great diversity of plants and river wildlife. Remnants of the area's human history remain, waiting to be discovered by observant hikers.

The Bluestone Turnpike Trail connects on the north end with Bluestone State Park's campground road, just past the Old Mill Campground. On the south end at Pipestem Resort State Park, this trail connects with the Farley Loop Trail and River Trail. These trails can be accessed from the Mountain Creek Lodge, at the base of the tram at Pipestem Resort State Park.

hiking along the Bluestone River
Hiking along the Bluestone River

NPS photo/Dave Bieri

Hunting is permitted during certain seasons. Hikers are advised to wear blaze orange during these periods. This trail connects Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. These state parks also offer good hiking trails.

Check out the Ranger Programs page to find out more about ranger guided hikes in the park.

Also look at the Hiking Safety Page before taking a hike at Bluestone National Scenic River.

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Guided Activites

Join a ranger for a guided hike or stream search program.

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Hiking Safety

Before you go, get some tips on how to have a safe hike.

Last updated: December 4, 2021

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