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West Virginia whitewater, Bluestone River

Mercer county, Spanishburg to Eads Mill section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-III     10.5 miles
The put in and take out positions on the map are wrong! You can put in where it is marked with a blue dot, but you'll be going through about 3 miles of bottom land and slow water. The red dot is not even on Bluestone River. It is positioned on a tributary of Wolf Creek and to get there from Bluestone you'll need to be able to paddle up a 40' water fall. It also states here to look at Brooks Branch which is only about 2' wide and also runs through
    farm land. Rich Creek is the same way. Put in on the ''Mill Dam Road'', 1 mile north on Rt.19 from where the blue dot is. It is on the right and you can access the river where the rapids start. It is private property you'll
have to cross, but if you ask before you proceed they will let you. If you don't ask they will not let you. ''ASK BEFORE YOU UNLOAD'' There are 2 property owners there you can go through. There is also nowhere to get out at Eads Mill, but Pipestem Lodge is a couple miles down stream. It has lodging and a tram from the river to the lodge. Talk to one of the locals there on the Mill Dam and they can be great help. Says L.

This section
of Bluestone River is 10.5 miles long and it is classified as a class I-III section by American Whitewater. The natural beauty of Mercer County and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. There arenít any hotels right nearby but if you're willing to drive a short distance then no problem and if you make reservations in advance you're all set. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Beckley, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This stretch has enough mileage for an overnight trip, so pack your camping stuff.

Bluestone River, Spanishburg to Eads Mill road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Bluestone River.
 Whitewater Near Bluestone River:
Bluestone River, Mercer County, 1 miles away
      Class I-III - 10.5 miles long (Spanishburg to Eads Mill)
Camp Creek, Mercer County, 2 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Camp Creek State Forest to Bluestone River)
Bluestone, Mercer/Summers County, 4 miles away
      Class II-III - 21.3 miles long (Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park)
Brush Creek, Mercer County, 5 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6.6 miles long (Confluence of Beaver Branch to confluence of Bluestone River)
Mountain Creek, Mercer County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (CR 4 bridge to Bluestone River)
Little Bluestone River & Tributaries, Summers County, 12 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.2 miles long (Cr 27 bridge to Bluestone River)
Glade Creek - New River Tributary, Raleigh County, 14 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to confluence with Pinch Creek)
Pipestem Creek, Summers County, 14 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake)
Pinch Creek - Glade Creek Tributary, Raleigh County, 16 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Pluto to confluence with Glade Creek)
Piney Creek, Raleigh County, 16 miles away
      Class III-V - 12 miles long (Beckley to McCreery)
 Ski Areas Near Bluestone River:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 8 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 80 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 87 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 89 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 91 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 94 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
 Hotels Near Bluestone River:
Holiday Inn Express PRINCETON/I-77, Princeton , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Princeton, Princeton , 7 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Princeton , 7 miles away
Hampton Inn Princeton, Princeton , 7 miles away
Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndham Princeton, Princeton , 7 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bluestone River:
Camp Creek State Park - Mash Fork, Camp Creek, 2 miles away
Camp Creek State Forest, Camp Creek, 2 miles away
Camp Creek State Park - Blue Jay, Camp Creek, 3 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bluestone River:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 24 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 4 miles away
Coopers Rock State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
Pinnacle Rock State Park, West Virginia , 14 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bluestone River:
High Country Club, Princeton , 7 miles away
Bluefield Elks Lodge, Bluefield , 14 miles away
Glade Springs Village Golf, Daniels , 15 miles away
 Lakes Near Bluestone River
Lake Shawnee, Mercer , 3 miles away
Ada Lake, Mercer , 11 miles away
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 16 miles away

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