Bureau of Land Management National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service U.S. Forest Service

Bluestone River, West Virginia

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Managing Agency:

National Park Service, New River Gorge National River


Designated Reach:

October 26, 1988. From a point two miles upstream of the Summers and Mercer County lines down to Bluestone Lake.


Classification/Mileage:

Scenic — 10.0 miles; Total — 10.0 miles.

Bluestone River

Bluestone River

The lower 10 miles of the designated segment flow through an 800-foot deep gorge and offer warmwater fishing, whitewater boating when water level permits, and hiking along the river on a trail between Bluestone and Pipestem State Parks. Spectacular views of the river gorge may be seen from overlooks at Pipestem. A major portion of the lands are managed by the state to provide hunting opportunities; wild turkey is the featured species.