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Once you get way, way out to the beautiful Bluestone, you can boat, bike, hike and explore the remote, undisturbed landscape. With abundant wildlife, it’s a peaceful spot for fishing, birdwatching and more.

The Turnpike Trail

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes: The tram from Pipestem is only open seasonally, but you can still reach the trail
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National Coal Heritage Trail

The 187-mile Coal Heritage Trail winds through the Southern WV coalfields.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Nature Exploration

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
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The Legend of John Henry

The Steel-Drivin' Man who beat the machine, the folk hero of the working class, took his famous stand right here.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-Round
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Hiking

The best part of a mountain stroll is the view from the top! Explore the open forest.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Ranger Programs

Curious about the botany, wildlife, culture and history of the National Parks? Join the experts to explore more.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Varies; year-round
  • Special Notes: All programs are free.

Aerial Tram

Descend 1,000 feet into the Bluestone Gorge on the aerial tram.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: May-Oct
  • Special Notes: $2.50 fee to ride
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Boating

Wander the waters, from river to lake!

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: summer
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Fishing & Hunting

Angle for abundant smallmouth bass or hunt wildlife in some of the best game grounds in the state.

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  • Recommended Age: 6 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round, but best in summer and fall
  • Special Notes: Make sure you have the proper licenses.

Biking

Take on the trails, from rough mountain terrain to the smooth, easy stretches.

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  • Recommended Age: Any
  • Activity Time: Year-round
  • Special Notes: Be sure to wear a helmet on mountain rides

Horseback Riding

Ride off into the mountain sunset.

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  • Recommended Age: 9 and older
  • Activity Time: Year-round
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Kayaking

Paddle our scenic lakes and rivers, from the calm waters to the wild waves.

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  • Recommended Age: 10 and older
  • Activity Time: spring, summer, fall
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