Bend Recreation Area
White Sulphur Ranger
410 East Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Constructed in the
1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, Blue Bend is in a rustic
and beautiful setting along scenic Anthony Creek. The area serves both
campers and daytime visitors, and is popular for fishing, swimming,
hiking, and picnicking.
Located on State Route
16, near Alvon, West Virginia. From
White Sulphur Springs, travel 8 miles north on State Route 92. Turn
left (west) at Alvon, West Virginia, onto State Route 16. Travel 4
miles to the recreation area.
The Blue Bend Camping
Loop is open year-round. The Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop is
available for group camping from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and is
open to other campers on holiday weekends.
There are two camping loops in the recreation area. Blue Bend Loop has
21 campsites and Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop has 19 campsites,
including 4 walk-in sites. Each site has a table, fire grate, waste
receptacle, lantern post and a parking spur. All campsites are
suitable for both tent and trailer camping except for the 4 walk-in
sites. The maximum number of campers per site is 8. Blue Meadow is a
group camping site. There are no hook-ups provided (sewage, water, or
electric). Flush toilets with running water are located in the camping
areas. However, in the winter, only vault toilets are open for use.
Blue Meadow has running water for washing and flush toilets but it is not
safe to drink. Good drinking water is available at Blue Bend.
Several water fountains are located throughout Blue Bend.
Blue Bend is a popular fishing area. The West Virginia Division of
Natural Resources stocks Anthony Creek with trout from January through
May and in October. The nearby Greenbrier River is fished for trout
and bass. A state fishing license and National Forest Stamp is
required and if you are fishing for trout a trout stamp is needed.
Hiking and Biking
All hiking trails are open to biking as well. Most of these trails
were constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Anthony Creek Trail follows the creek in a narrow valley filled with
rhododendron and many flowering forest trees. Blue Bend Loop Trail
offers three scenic overlooks and has a trail shelter for overnight
use. The South Boundary Trail travels from the beautiful Greenbrier
River, fords Anthony Creek, then winds through mountains along the
forest's southern boundary. The Beaver's Tale Braille plaques along
its route invite the visitor to explore this unique river-bottom site.
There are 25 picnic units in Blue Bend. Each unit contains a table,
fire grate and waste receptacle. Two rustic picnic shelters, each with
a fireplace and picnic table is also available. The large shelter may
be reserved for group outings and family reunions. A swinging bridge
across Anthony Creek connects the picnic areas on opposite sides of
A fee site. Golden Age and Golden Access passport holders pay half of
all stated fees.
sites are not reserveable.
reservations may be made online or by calling (877)444-6777.
Pavilion reservations must be made at least 4 days prior to your
arrival or can be made 360 days in advance.
Campsites for Blue
Bend Campground are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Camping
reservations for Blue Meadow Group Campground can be made online
or by calling (877)444-6777. Camping reservations must be made at
least 4 days prior to your arrival or can be made 240 days in
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