Travel through Time on the Bluestone Turnpike

Walk through history on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Ranger and visitors on a trail
Ranger leading a hike on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Eve West

Walk through history along the Bluestone River. The Bluestone Turnpike Trail was once an ancient footpath used by Native Americans to travel through the Bluestone Gorge, a natural river corridor through a rough and rugged landscape. Today the trail runs the length of Bluestone National Scenic River, providing an in depth view of the wild, natural beauty of the gorge as well as a glimpse into the past. Visitors can do an easy two mile round trip hike with a ranger every Saturday from Memorial Day through October 10. Or to really experience the remote, wild nature of the park, visitors can join the 9.5 mile Bluestone Turnpike Hike (offered on three different dates throughout the summer).

Plan your visit to Bluestone National Scenic River and learn about ranger led hikes on the Bluestone Turnpike Trail.