Hike the Blue and Beyond

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Date: July 28, 2014
Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 28, 2014— National Parks are exciting places to find adventure. Ranger-guided walks and talks in parks provide a fun way to get outdoors and learn more about the natural world that surround us and the people who shaped our past. This weekend hike the Bluestone River gorge with a ranger to get a glimpse of life along this amazing waterway, be it on a short, two-mile walk or extend that to an in-depth hike along the full length of the Bluestone Turnpike Trail. All ranger programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes for guided walks. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along. Below is a list of this week’s featured ranger programs:

Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Thursday, July 31, 2014:

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Friday, August 1, 2014:

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Saturday, August 2, 2014:

Bluestone Walk

10:00 am - 11:30 am. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway. 2 mile walk.Walk within Bluestone National Scenic River for a mile and return. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna of the area and discover regional history. Bring $2.00 for the return tram ride.

Bluestone Turnpike Hike

10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway. 10 mile walk.Take a walk on the wild side through Bluestone National Scenic River and explore the beauty and diversity of this remote area. Hikers will travel with a ranger along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail, which runs along the Bluestone River to Bluestone State Park. A FREE shuttle will be provided for the return trip to Pipestem Resort State Park. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring lunch, and plenty of water. Reservations requested; call 304-466-0417.

Historic Thurmond Tour

11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center. 0.5 mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond’s historic district for an informal tour of this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

Ranger on the Rock

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm. Meet at Grandview’s Main Overlook. Come and go as you please for this informal program with a ranger at one of the best views of the New River Gorge. Enjoy the scenery and discuss area natural and cultural history.

Sunday, August 3, 2014:

Historic Thurmond Tour

11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor. 0.5 mile walk. What was life like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns? Meet a ranger in Thurmond’s historic district for an informal tour of this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

For more information about area National Park Service sites visit https://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, or stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center.



Last updated: February 26, 2015

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