Things To Do

hikers alongside river
Hikers on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail

NPS photo/Wesley Gant


Bluestone National Scenic River offers many outdoor activities. Hiking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, birding, wildlife watching, relaxing and enjoying nature are favorites here. Canoeing and kayaking opportunities are usually limited to the springtime, when river levels are adequate. Camping is not permitted in Bluestone National Recreation Area, although excellent campgrounds are provided at each end of the park in Pipestem Resort State Park and Bluestone State Park.


The Bluestone Turnpike Trail is a 9.5-mile moderate hiking trail that follows the path of an old riverbank road.

sign along the Turnpike Trail

The Bluestone is a popular warm water fishery. Smallmouth bass, bluegill and rock bass are popular sport fish.


Hunting is permitted within Bluestone National Scenic River with the exception of the area within the boundary of Pipestem Resort State Park

kayakers on the river
Paddling the Bluestone

Paddling is seasonal when water levels are high enough. When the conditions are right, paddlers can enjoy a pristine river journey.

ranger leading a hike
Guided Activites

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

View from overlook
Nearby Attractions

Check out the Nearby Attractions page for information for other nearby destinations.

Last updated: September 7, 2022

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Glen Jean, WV 25846



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