Bluestone State Park
|Bluestone State Park|
|West Virginia State Park|
Bluestone Lake near the state park marina.
|Elevation||1,742 ft (531.0 m)|
|Area||2,154 acres (871.7 ha) |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest city||Hinton, West Virginia|
Bluestone State Park is a state park in Summers County, West Virginia. The 2,154-acre (872 ha) park is located 45 miles from the New River Gorge Bridge, and along the western shores of Bluestone Lake, an impoundment of the New River built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The park and lake are named after the Bluestone River, that flows into the New River at the park.
Several points of historical and recreational interest are located in the Bluestone area. For instance, famous outdoor musical dramas such as "Hatfields and McCoys," are performed at Grandview Park, near Beckley, West Virginia. Pipestem Resort State Park with its myriad of recreational facilities is only 10 miles to the south. Just north of the park is Bluestone Dam, Hinton, West Virginia, and the New River Gorge National River, the center of some of the state's best whitewater rafting and canoeing. Of special note is Sandstone Falls, just north of Hinton. Bluestone National Scenic River flows into Bluestone Lake within the Park boundaries. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound at 17,632-acre (71.35 km2) Bluestone Wildlife Management Area adjacent to the park and nearby Camp Creek State Forest.
- 26 cabins
- Campground with 77 campsites (22 with electrical hookup)
- Boating access
- Marina with boat and canoe rental
- Swimming pool
- Picnic area
Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic area, swimming pool and playground to be accessible. The 2005 assessment identified some issues with access to the park office.
- West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008 Archived March 14, 2009, at WebCite
- Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3.
- Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006 Archived July 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.