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NPS Hosts Guided Hikes in Southern W.Va. for Holiday Weekend


The National Park Service is offering Ranger-Guided hikes in Summers and Fayette Counties this holiday weekend. All ranger programs are free unless otherwise noted. The NPS suggests hikers wear comfortable walking shoes. Hikers might also consider bringing water, snacks, camera and binoculars Below is a list of this weekend’s featured ranger programs:

In Summers County, interested hikers should meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014. From there rangers will guide two hikes:

Bluestone Walk            

  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am.
  • This two mile total walk within the Bluestone National Scenic River provides sights of flora and fauna of the area and regional history. Hikers should bring $2.00 for the return tram ride.

Bluestone Turnpike Hike

  • 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • This 10 mile walk along the Bluestone Turnpike Trail explore the beauty and diversity of this remote area The trail runs along the Bluestone River to Bluestone State Park. A free shuttle will be provided for the return trip to Pipestem State Park. NPS says hikers should wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring lunch, and plenty of water. To make requested reservations call 304-466-0417.

In Fayette County, interested hikers can meet at the Thurmond Depot Visitor Center both Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Historic Thurmond Tour

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • This half mile walk is an informal of one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns, Thurmond. Rangers will explain the history behind this once bustling railroad town, hearing stories of days gone by.

For more information about area National Park Service sites, stop by any New River Gorge National River visitor center or the NPS website.