Pipestem Resort State Park is a
4,050-acre state park located in southern West Virginia,
on the border between Mercer and Summers counties. The
park was built with grants provided by the Area
Redevelopment Administration of the U.S. Department of
Commerce under the administration of President John F.
Kennedy. It is located in the gorge of the Bluestone
The Park name derives from pipestem, or
narrowleaf meadowsweet (Spiraea alba), a locally common
shrub historically used for making pipe stems.
The park features two hotels, one of
which may be reached only by an aerial tramway to the
bottom of the gorge, 26 fully equipped wood cabins, a
regular and a par-3 golf course, several restaurants, and
other recreational activities, including its own stable of
The park's nature center features
displays of native plants and animals, and offers nature
programs. The Nature Center is open year-round, and
includes the Harris Homestead, a reconstructed 1900s
period historic house museum, barn and meat house.
There are three picnic shelters for
daily rental at Pipestem. Advance reservations are
available two years out. All shelters offer approximately
10 tables, electric service and lighting, water, and a