About This Park

Bluestone State Park is a lakeside retreat located in southern West Virginia. This wilderness park is full of outdoor activities, including boating and fishing opportunities. At Bluestone State Park enjoy camping by the water or take in stunning views of the lake from your cabin’s porch. Guests may also enjoy ziplining, mountain bike excursions and guided fishing trips at nearby Pipestem Resort State Park, located about 20 minutes away.

Looking to have a family outing? The picnic shelter at Bluestone State Park is available to rent Memorial Day to Nov. 1. The event building is open year-round. A marina with boat rentals is open April 15 to Oct. 15.

Phase 5 of Bluestone Dam Safety Construction is in progress. Please visit the Army Corps of Engineers website, for current lake current levels, predictions and resulting closures.


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  • Biking
  • Boating
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • DeerViewing
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Snow Sports
  • Swimming
Attraction is located outside of the park.


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.


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Big Pine Trail

Big Pine Trail starts at the sharp curve below the office on the road to the campgrounds and ends on the roadway just north of Old Mill Campground. The trail offers scenic views of the Bluestone River and ample opportunity to view wildlife and flora.

Distance:  2 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

Boundary Trail

Boundary 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

Cabin 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 below the park office going towards the campground. From there it is 0.2 miles up the service road to the trailhead at the mile marker stone. The trail passes cabin 17 and 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: 1.3 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Overlook Trail

Overlook Trail head begins 200 feet northeast of Meador Campground entrance and ascends to the Big Pine Trail to a scenic overlook of the Bluestone River and lake. The Overlook Trail is a good companion to Pawpaw Trail.

Distance: 0.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Pawpaw Trail

Pawpaw Trail is a meandering trail that runs from the tent camping area to the midpoint on Big Pine Trail. Enjoy the Pawpaw trees along the lower portion of the trail and the forest views of the hollows along the top half.

Distance: 0.4 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Riverview Trail

River View Trail begins inside the sharp curve below the park office going towards the campgrounds and ends on the road near the southwest side of the tent area. This trail follows along a creek with several waterfalls before passing a spur trail and continues following the Bluestone River around the campgrounds. River View Trail is excellent for seeing wetland species and birding. (Access may be limited during high-water events.)

Distance: 1.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy


Rhododendron Trail

The Rhododendron Trail begins across the road from the Activities Building and ends at the boat launch below the park office. The trail features Rhododendron (West Virginia’s state flower), often in bloom late June into July, and hardwood forests along the upper end; and a stream ecosystem along the lower end. (Access may be limited during high-water events.) This is an excellent companion trail to the Cabin or Giles, Fayette, Kanawha Turnpike Trail.

Distance: 0.8 miles

Difficulty: Moderate