Ranger-Led Programs

ranger leading a hike on a forested trail
A ranger guided hike can be a great way to experience the Bluestone Turnpike Trail.

NPS photo/Eve West


Bluestone National Scenic River Walk

1 1/2 hours - 2 miles (round trip)

Meet a ranger at the bottom of the tramway at Pipestem Resort State Park to walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. The hike is a fairly easy walk along the Bluestone River with a few small hills and some rough footing. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discuss a little regional history. Bring good walking shoes, drinking water, and money for the return tram ride.

Bluestone Turnpike Hike

4 to 5 hours -9.5 miles

Take a walk on the wild side on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, between Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park. Meet a ranger at the bottom of the tramway at Pipestem Resort State Park to walk almost the entire length of Bluestone National Scenic River. The hike ends at Bluestone State Park and a shuttle will be provided for the return trip to Pipestem. Take advantage of this great opportunity to explore a very beautiful and remote area without having to arrange your own shuttle. The hike is mostly level and gentle downhill, although there are a few small hills and some rough and muddy footing. Bring a lunch, sturdy hiking shoes, rain gear, and plenty of drinking water.

2021 Schedule:

Normally Bluestone walks occur every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through early October, however due to the COVID 19 pandemic the 2021 schedule is not yet known. Please check back later in the season.

Last updated: February 8, 2021

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