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West Virginia whitewater, Bluestone

Mercer Summers county, Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     21.3 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Mercer/Summers County and the playfulness of the water are in themselves reasons enough to come here to paddle. The starting point is not too far from Beckley, as you can see on the road map further down. The Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park stretch of Bluestone in West Virginia is 21.3 miles long and has been determined by American Whitewater to be a class II-III section. No matter if you're whitewater rafting or
    kayaking there are lots of good rivers for that around here. There's camping available near Bluestone. Getting some good exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great attractions for lots of people. You might
have to settle for a hotel a bit away from the river if you want to stay the night, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The average whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit easier to master in this state than those in other states, so keep in mind that many runs in this state are very easy. This is one of a small number of paddling sections in this river system, there are a few others  

Briefly about the general area:
When you're here at Bluestone it's always fun to pop by Camp Creek State Park, and you'll almost certainly meet some folks from Lerona here. Bluestone State Park is both good and beautiful, and it's right next door to Bluestone; you can hit the slopes at Winterplace close at hand. This river is a great place to visit. Bluestone is a good place of typical precipitation. July is when you get the most rain here, and October is when it's the driest. All through the days of summer highs here at Bluestone get into the 70's; throughout summer nights temperatures are in the 60's.

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


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Bluestone.
 Whitewater Near Bluestone:
Little Bluestone River & Tributaries, Summers County, 3 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 2.2 miles long (Cr 27 bridge to Bluestone River)
Mountain Creek, Mercer County, 4 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.1 miles long (CR 4 bridge to Bluestone River)
Pipestem Creek, Summers County, 5 miles away
      Class II-III(IV) - 3 miles long (Tom Honaker Road to Bluestone Lake)
Bluestone, Mercer/Summers County, 6 miles away
      Class II-III - 21.3 miles long (Eads Mill to Bluestone State Park)
Brush Creek, Mercer County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV(V) - 6.6 miles long (Confluence of Beaver Branch to confluence of Bluestone River)
Madams Creek, Summers County, 9 miles away
      Class III+(IV) - 2 miles long (Madams Creek Road to New River)
Pinch Creek - Glade Creek Tributary, Raleigh County, 9 miles away
      Class IV-V - 4.2 miles long (Pluto to confluence with Glade Creek)
Glade Creek - New River Tributary, Raleigh County, 9 miles away
      Class IV - 5 miles long (Beckley Water Supply Reservoir to confluence with Pinch Creek)
New River, Summers/ Fayette/ Raleigh County, 9 miles away
      Class I-III(IV) - 11 miles long (Bluestone Dam to Sandstone)
Camp Creek, Mercer County, 9 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.5 miles long (Camp Creek State Forest to Bluestone River)
 Ski Areas Near Bluestone:
Winterplace, West Virginia , 9 miles away, 603 foot drop, 9 lifts, 27 runs
The Homestead, Virginia , 81 miles away, 700 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Snowshoe, West Virginia , 85 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 14 lifts, 57 runs
Appalachian Mountain, North Carolina , 88 miles away, 365 foot drop, 5 lifts, 9 runs
Ski Beech, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 830 foot drop, 10 lifts, 15 runs
Hawksnest, North Carolina , 96 miles away, 619 foot drop, 4 lifts, 12 runs
Sugar Mountain, North Carolina , 98 miles away, 1200 foot drop, 8 lifts, 20 runs
 Hotels Near Bluestone:
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Princeton, WV, Princeton , 10 miles away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Princeton, Princeton , 10 miles away
Sleep Inn & Suites, Princeton , 11 miles away
Resort At Glade Springs, Daniels , 11 miles away
Days Inn Princeton, Princeton , 11 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Bluestone:
Pipestem Resort State Park, Lerona, 2 miles away
Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, 3 miles away
Pipestem Mountaineer Retreat, Pipestem, 3 miles away
 Trails Near Bluestone:
Hoof and Hill Trail, Giles , 20 miles away
Standing Branch Horse Trail, Giles , 20 miles away
 Public Lands Near Bluestone:
Bluestone National Scenic River, Glen Jean - WV , 22 miles away
Gauley River National Recreation Area, Glen Jean - WV , 22 miles away
Bluestone State Park, West Virginia , 6 miles away
Camp Creek State Park, West Virginia , 10 miles away
Little Beaver State Park, West Virginia , 12 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Bluestone:
High Country Club, Princeton , 9 miles away
Willow Wood Country Club, Hinton , 10 miles away
Glade Springs Village Golf, Daniels , 11 miles away
 Lakes Near Bluestone
Lake Shawnee, Mercer , 12 miles away
Little Beaver Lake, Raleigh , 13 miles away
Ada Lake, Mercer , 18 miles away

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