Bluestone State Park Is Named For The Bluestone River Which Flows Into The Nearby New River Gorge
Situated in Summers County, West Virginia, this State Park is 2,154 acres of extremely beautiful forested mountain terrain at the southern end of the New River Gorge.
It sits on the western shore of the Bluestone Lake which was created when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built a dam across the New River. Both the park and the lake get their name from the Bluestone River which joins the New River Gorge just to the east of the park.
The Lake At Bluestone S.P.
The accommodation at Bluestone State park is wonderfully set out with 26 modern rental cabins which nestle among mature trees. They are of different sizes and will take from two to eight people.
There is a campground with 22 sites complete with electric hook-ups and a central bath-house and a rustic campground with 45 sites for tents and trailers.
Down on the eastern shore of Bluestone Lake, but still within the park, is a primitive campground with 47 sites that can only be reached by boat. This makes it desirably secluded. You can hire boats from a marina on the west shore of the lake.
Hiking trails wind through the picturesque woods, many of them have fantastic views of the lake which is a superb site for fishing. The state record for Striped Bass was caught in its waters and stands at 29.5 pounds. Another slightly lighter one, but measuring over 40 inches in length, was also caught here.
While in the area the opportunity to go New River whitewater rafting is an experience not to be missed and other West Virginia attractions include the nearby Beckley Exhibition coal mine where visitors can learn all about the history of coal mining in the state and take a trip 1,500 underground.
There IS also the Pipestem Resort State Park ten minutes south of Bluestone while to the north is the amazing New River Gorge Bridge and the Hawks Nest State Park and the wonderfully scenic Glade Creek Mill, a real piece of working American history.
To read about other state parks in West Virginia the website, American-State-Parks.com is a wonderful resource.