Sitting on the east rim of the Bluestone River Gorge, Pipestem Resort State Park in eastern West Virginia is a little-known gem offering activities of all kinds. The park spans 4,500 acres with elevations rising to 1200ft. Plateaus and carved gorges provide the backdrop for your next fabulous family getaway, with plenty of fun for the whole crew.
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Best Hiking Trails in Pipestem Resort State Park
Minutes from one of the Pipestem Resort State Park cabins or Pipestem Resort State Park hotels, you'll find more than 15 different trails to suit your family's hiking style.You'll also be treated to pristine lake views and sightings of many types of wildlife on any of your hikes in the park.
1. Den Tree Trail
Try the 1.2mi. Den Tree Trail, which takes you along a narrow path near a stream and over marshes. At the end of this trail, you'll see an arboretum with a wide variety of old, rare trees.
2. River Trail
The park's longest single hiking trail is the River Trail. This walk is more challenging, but it is idyllic as it follows the course of the beautiful Bluestone River over 5.25mi.
3. Lake Shore Trail
If you'd like to check out Long Branch Lake, the scenic 4.6mi. Lake Shore Trail is for you. This trail is shaded by pine trees, and takes hikers through easy switchbacks with stunning views of the lake.
Best Family Activities in Pipestem Resort State Park
There will never be a dull moment for you and your family at Pipestem Resort State Park. If you're staying in one of the Pipestem Resort State Park cabins, you'll be close to a wide variety of activities. An aerial tramway ride, boat rentals, and exciting winter sports are just a taste of the fun you and your family can have in the park.
1. Aerial Tramway
Take the popular Aerial Tramway in Pipestem from a height of 3600ft. down to the Bluestone River Gorge below. The views along the way are breathtaking. Once you've arrived, you can catch dinner at the beautiful and cozy Mountain Creek Lodge.
On the Bluestone River, the New River, or Long Branch Lake, you and your family can rent anything from a fishing boat, to kayaks, to pedal boats and paddle boards. A day on the water is a great way to relax, have fun, and enjoy one another's company.
3. Winter Sports
If winter is your favorite season, Pipestem Resort State Park is the perfect place for the whole crew to do some cross country skiing and sledding. Rental equipment is available for those who need it, or bring your own gear.
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