Bluestone National Scenic River
P. O. Box 246
Glen Jean, WV 25846
Sandstone Visitor Center
Explore the Beautiful Bluestone
National Scenic River is preserved as a living landscape that provides
an unspoiled experience for visitors and a haven for a variety of
plants and animals. The park protects a 10.5-mile section of the
Bluestone River in Southern West Virginia.
The Bluestone River, named for the deep blue
limestone streambed of its upper reaches in Virginia, has created a
gorge 1,000 feet deep. The bottomland within the gorge was first used
by American Indians.
In the late 1700s, the Lilly, Meadow, and Farley
families built homesteads along the river. At the confluence of the
Bluestone and Little Bluestone rivers, the community of Lilly
flourished. The Bluestone Turnpike, a riverbank road used by those who
farmed and timbered the area until the 1940s, is used today by
visitors to the park.
The Bluestone River and its gorge support an
abundance of aquatic life, a variety of birds and mammals, and a
diverse mix of forest types.
Things to Do
The resources, size, and location of the
Bluestone National Scenic River make it attractive for a daytime
visit; it is not open to camping. Both adjoining state parks,
Bluestone State Park and Pipestem Resort State Park, offer excellent
campgrounds as well as other services not available within the
Bluestone National Scenic River area.