Friday, July 8, 2016

Rangers schedule hikes in remote Bluestone canyon

Tram at Bluestone River
Through October 2016, rangers will lead a series of scheduled hikes through the canyon of the Bluestone River -- one of the least-explored regions of national park in southern West Virginia.

Two-mile walks along the Bluestone National Scenic River are regularly scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. every Saturday through October 8 at the lower end of the tram at Pipestem Resort State Park. Participants should bring $2.25 for the return tram ride.

Ten-mile hikes along the trail that follows the grade of the old Bluestone Turnpike have also been scheduled for August 6 and September 4. The hikes also depart from the base of the tram at 10 a.m. and follow the river downstream to Bluestone State Park. A free shuttle is provided for the return trip to Pipestem.

Hikers should wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring lunch and water. Reservations are required for the turnpike hike, and participants must call 304-894-2129 or email getactiveinthepark@gmail.com to register.

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