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Location and Access

Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter Campground is situated within Bluestone State Park in West Virginia. This park is located near Hinton, West Virginia, and is adjacent to both Bluestone National Scenic River and Bluestone Lake, providing a picturesque setting for camping and picnicking.


The Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter offers:

  • A sheltered area for picnics with tables and grills perfect for a barbecue or a family gathering.
  • Paved parking areas for easy access to the picnic site.
  • Nearby restroom facilities for the convenience of visitors.
  • Playgrounds can be found in the park for children to enjoy.


Visitors to Bluestone Lake State Park can indulge in a range of activities such as:

  • Boating and Fishing: Bluestone Lake is well-known for water activities like boating and fishing, with the shelter providing a close base for such activities.
  • Hiking: The park offers numerous trails of varying difficulty for avid hikers or those looking for a serene walk in nature.
  • Water Sports: Jet skiing, water skiing, and swimming are popular in the designated areas of the lake during summer months.

Camping Options

While the picnic shelter itself is not a campground, Blustone State Park offers a variety of camping options:

  • Tent Sites: For those who want the traditional camping experience.
  • RV Sites: These are equipped with electric hookups and other amenities suitable for recreational vehicles.
  • Cabins: Available for rent, providing a bit more comfort and amenities.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations for the Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter and other camping sites typically need to be made in advance, especially during peak season.
  • Fees for camping and shelter rentals vary depending on the site type and the duration of stay.

Local Attractions

  • Bluestone Dam: Explore the area around the dam, which is responsible for creating the beautiful Bluestone Lake.
  • John Henry Memorial Park: Learn about the famous steel-drivin’ man and visit the historic tunnel nearby.
  • Sandstone Falls: A scenic spot along the New River, featuring beautiful waterfalls.

Visitor Considerations

  • Be aware of weather conditions, especially if planning boating or other water-related activities.
  • Follow park rules and regulations, such as keeping pets on a leash and proper handling of any fires.
  • Pack out what you pack in, as the preservation of the park's natural beauty is crucial.

Contact Information

Before visiting, you should contact the park or check online for the most current information:

  • Park Office: Usually provides brochures, maps, and detailed rules.
  • Online resources may include the West Virginia State Parks website, where you can find more details on amenities, reservations, and local regulations.

By obtaining the proper information and making reservations ahead of time, you can ensure a well-organized and enjoyable experience at Bluestone Lake Picnic Shelter Campground and Bluestone Lake State Park.

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