Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Princeton, West Virginia 24740

Bluestone Turnpike Trail

Bluestone Turnpike Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Bluestone Turnpike Trail follows the banks of the slow moving Bluestone River from Pipestem Resort State Park to Bluestone State Park. The hike is shady and easy. Nestled between Pipestem Resort State Park and Bluestone State Park is a quiet stretch of the federally designated Bluestone National Scenic River. Managed by the National Park Service, the designation protects the unspoiled nature of the river and the surrounding land. The Park Service has done its job well. The river is wonderfully wild and the ridges of the gorge are so steep that when sitting by the river it appears that there are only two ways out, upstream or downstream.

Luckily, both directions lead to top-notch state parks: Pipestem Resort State Park to the south and Bluestone State Park to the north. The Bluestone Turnpike Trail travels the distance between these parks. Birch and sycamore crowd the riverbank and produce deep shade during the heat of summer. If the shade isn’t enough to cool you off, there is a constant supply of swimming holes just a few steps away. Special attractions: Lazy river, deep swimming holes, and two state parks."

More Bluestone Turnpike Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This old river road-turned-trail travels the corridor along the Bluestone National Wild and Scenic River, a tributary of the New River. The mostly level trek provides expansive views of the Bluestone River, making its way past bluffs and rich forests en route to the townsite of Lilly, where the Bluestone and the Little Bluestone Rivers meet. Your return hike will yield not only more natural splendor but also more traces of human history."

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Trail Information

Princeton
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season
Bluestone National Scenic River
Local Contacts
USGS Flat Top, Pipestem
Local Maps