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 activities building is open April 1 to Dec. 1. A marina with boat rentals is open April 15 to Oct. 15.

Phase 5 of Bluestone Dam Safety Construction in 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

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