Discover an ancient and richly diverse area of the southern Appalachian Mountains when you visit the Bluestone National Scenic River! Protecting a 10.5-mile section of the free-flowing Bluestone River, this designated Wild and Scenic River draws visitors with its rugged beauty and myriad outdoor activities. Four-legged adventurers are welcome to tag along, so don't leave your canine pal at home when you set off for this pawsome living landscape!
The Bluestone National Scenic River may be reached via two neighboring state parks, Bluestone and Pipestem Resort. You and Fido may also take the narrow, graveled park road that connects to the Bluestone Turnpike Trail at the former Lilly town site by the confluence of the Little Bluestone River. The trail, which stretches 9.5 miles between Bluestone and Pipestem Resort State Parks, follows the route of an old riverbank road. Enjoy a moderate hike through a scenic and remote wooded area where several plants, wildlife, and historical remnants can be seen. The Bluestone Turnpike Trail is mostly level and gentle downhill, with a few small hills and muddy sections along the way.
If you and your pooch would like to go paddling down the river, visit during the springtime when water levels are adequate. Because the river depth is often too low for kayaking and canoeing, the Bluestone is not navigable year-round. When it is the right time, however, paddlers are treated to the isolated beauty and diverse wildlife of the area. Camping is not available at the river, but you and Fido can find dog-friendly campgrounds in both Pipestem Resort and Bluestone State Parks.
Be sure to keep your furry buddy on a 6-foot leash and clean up after them at all times. Don't forget to bring your own waste bags and pack out all trash.
An unfurgettable experience awaits you and your pup at the Bluestone National Scenic River!