Pipestem State Park in West Virginia

Pipestem State Park in West Virginia
Pipestem State Park, in the mountains of West Virginia, is a scenic resort destination. A variety of activities are available for visitors, including swimming, camping, fishing and golf. Guests can unwind in the resort's lodge, hike nature trails and take an aerial tramway 3,600 feet into the Bluestone River Gorge.


Pipestem State Park has an 18-hole, par-72 championship course, featuring spectacular views of the Bluestone Gorge Canyon, and designed by renowned golf architect Geoffrey Cornish. The park also has a nine-hole, par-3 course.


Anglers can delight in the well-stocked lakes and rivers in the park, including Longbranch Lake, Bluestone River and New River. The park's lakes and rivers provide anglers with trout and smallmouth bass. Bluestone Lake, 10 miles away, has a variety of bass, crappie, catfish and bluegill.


Pipestem State Park has 20 hiking trails that combine for nearly 18 miles of hiking, biking and cross-country skiing. The longest trail is about six miles long. Trails range from relatively flat nature trails to steep, rugged ones.

Horseback Riding

The park has horse stables, and horseback riding is available year-round. You can take a half-day ride around the park or take a horse on an overnight camping trip. Group hayrides are available, as well as holiday hayrides at certain times of the year.

Other Recreation

Miniature golf, canoeing, an outdoor swimming pool, and lighted basketball and tennis courts are available on the park's grounds. McKeever Lodge has a heated, indoor pool; sauna; game room; and exercise room.

Article Written By Kristi Gray

Based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Kristi Gray has been writing for over fourteen years with extensive experience in legal and business writing. Her articles have appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and trade newsletters. She has won several awards at the annual Arkansas Writers' Conference. Gray holds a Bachelor's Degree in English from the University of Arkansas.

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