With over 2,000 acres of space for outdoor recreational fun, Bluestone State Park in West Virginia has plenty to offer its guests. Named for the Bluestone River, which runs through the park, Bluestone State Park has all kinds of outdoor fun on and off the water.
Bluestone Lake has over 2,000 acres and is the third largest body of water in the state. There are public boat launches from the lake and the river. Guests can bring their own boats, or you can rent from the park’s office, which offers kayaks, canoes, fishing boats, and pontoon boats. Fishing on the lake may yield bass, catfish, crappie, and bluegill. A valid West Virginia fishing license is required.
Bluestone State Park has four campgrounds and 120 campsites, many with electric hookups. Campgrounds are open mid-April through late October. Reservations can be made in advance between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and are first-come, first-serve for the remainder of the season.
Bluestone State Park also offers eight miles of hiking trails to explore, as well as an outdoor swimming pool and game courts. Hunting is available in the park’s adjacent Bluestone Wildlife Management Area during the applicable seasons and with the appropriate permits.
Pets are permitted in West Virginia state parks but must remain under physical control at all times. Bring your own waste bags and remember to clean up after your pets. Do not allow dogs to become a nuisance. If you bring your dog hiking, come prepared with enough water for both of you. Be aware of hazards on the trails. Park and trail maps are available online on the West Virginia parks website.
As with any other state park or public recreation area, be respectful of posted rules and regulations. Be mindful of other park guests and do not harass or disturb local wildlife, or allow your pets to be disruptive. If you’re in Southern West Virginia and looking for a place to enjoy the great outdoors all year-round, bring your family and furry companion to Bluestone State Park.