About This Park

Wild and wonderful – you’ll find both at Bluestone State Park. This wilderness park, located five miles south of Hinton in southern West Virginia, is best known for Bluestone Lake, the state’s third-largest body of water. The park’s 2,155 acres of forest and rugged mountain terrain are perfect for hiking, fishing and camping.

Bluestone State Park

Things to Do

  • 859
    Biking
  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • 859
    Golf
  • Hiking
  • DeerViewing 859
    Hunting
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • 859
    Snow Sports
  • Swimming
859 attraction is located outside of the park.

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History

Bluestone State Park was established in 1950 and is named after the Bluestone National Scenic River, which flows into the New River at the park. The park’s signature lake was created by the Bluestone Dam, which was authorized by presidential proclamation and approved by an act of Congress in the 1930s. It was created to control flooding in the area, and went through several phases of construction before, during and after World War II.

Accommodations

Cabins

Bluestone State Park has 26 modern, fully furnished cabins with kitchens, showers, linens, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, tableware and modern appliances. Each cabin also has a stone fireplace, grill, picnic table and campfire ring. Cabins are available for rent year-round and accommodate two to eight people. Select cabins are pet-friendly. Guests also have access to nearby Pipestem Resort State Park’s indoor facilities including an indoor pool and sauna for some more rest and relaxation.

Camping

Bluestone State Park has four campgrounds with 120 campsites. The Meador Campground has 32 sites open to RVs and tents with electric and water available at seven of the sites, electric at 15 sites, and a central bathhouse also on-site. The Tent Area Campground has five rustic sites and is designed for group camping. Old Mill Campground, open to tents and RVs, has 44 rustic campsites and a central bathhouse. East Shore Campground has 39 primitive sites accessible by boat only. The campgrounds are open mid-April through late October, so book your reservation now!

Trails

Big Pine Trail

This trail starts at the sharp curve on the road to the campgrounds near the park entrance and ends on the roadway just north of Old Mill Campground. The trail offers scenic views of the Bluestone and New rivers and ample opportunity to view wildlife and flora.
Distance 1.7 miles
Difficulty Moderate to Difficult

Boundary Trail

This trail starts 150 yards northwest of Cabin 17 off the service road and ends at Big Pine Trail. It offers scenic views and an opportunity for viewing wildlife and flora.
Distance 2 miles
Difficulty Moderate to Difficult

Cabin Trail

This trail begins in the field behind the Activities Building and ends at the campground near the head of Big Pine and Riverview Trails. It accesses a popular feeding area for white-tailed deer and wild turkey.
Distance 0.4 miles
Difficulty Moderate to Difficult

Giles, Fayette, Kanawha Turnpike Trail

Park near the historical marker at the sharp curve on the road to the campground. From there it is 0.2 miles up the service road to the trail head. The trail ascends Sand Knob following the historic Giles, Fayette, Kanawha Turnpike that Booker T. Washington followed on his walk out of slavery at age 9. The trail passes through upland hardwood forest, offering several scenic vistas.
Distance 1 mile
Difficulty Difficult

Overlook Trail

The trail head begins 200 feet northeast of Meador Campground entrance and ascends to a scenic overlook, where it dead ends. Boundary Trail and Big Pine Trail can be accessed from this trail
Distance 0.5 miles
Difficulty Moderate

Riverview Trail

The trail begins just before the sharp curve on the road to the campgrounds, 0.2 miles from the park office and ends where it joins Big Pine Trail. Trail highlights include a seasonal waterfall and lake views.
Distance 1.6 miles
Difficulty Easy to Moderate

Rhododendron Trail

This trail begins across the road from the Activities Building and ends at the boat launch below the park office. Trail highlights include seasonal waterfalls and rhododendron (West Virginia’s state flower).
Distance 0.8 miles
Difficulty Easy to Moderate
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Nearby Attractions

Pipestem Resort State Park

“The Year-Round Crown Jewel of West Virginia State Parks,” Pipestem is known for its scenic overlooks and an aerial tram ride into the Bluestone Gorge. Park amenities include an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course with several restaurants and snack bars.

Bluestone Wildlife Management Area

Set on 17,632 acres adjacent to Bluestone Lake, Bluestone WMA is a popular fishing spot, with access to boating and fishing on the lake as well as stocked trout fishing in Indian Creek. Hunting is permitted here. The area has numerous hiking and equestrian trails, and more than 330 primitive campsites and picnic areas.

Hinton Railroad Museum

The museum showcases artifacts and photos from the C&O steam engine era and a John Henry wood carving exhibit. Children will especially enjoy the model railroad!

Grandview

Part of the New River Gorge National River, Grandview is known for its scenic overlooks and hiking trails. It is also home to the Theatre West Virginia outdoor drama if you’re interested in catching a show!

Three Rivers Avian Center

This Hinton facility devoted to wild bird conservation hosts educational programs and photography seminars. It is open for public tours on select days or for special events.

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