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Pipestem in Summers County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Bluestone National Scenic River

 
 
Bluestone National Scenic River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, August 3, 2019
1. Bluestone National Scenic River Marker
Inscription.  This ancient and spectacular river gorge, the rugged sandstone cliffs and overlooks, the unbroken, diverse Appalachian forest ecosystem, and the-hiStoric Bluestone Turnpike Trail, is protected as Bluestone National Scenic River. This publicly owned land is described in the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act as an "outstandingly remarkable, free-flowing river and natural area."

In 1968 the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was passed to protect our nation's most important resource - water; specifically undammed rivers and streams flowing through natural landscapes. In 1988, the-rugged and undeveloped Bluestone Gorge qualified for inclusion into our Wild and Scenic River System. Ten miles of the lower Bluestone River, beginning here in Pipestem Resort State Park and continuing downstream to Bluestone Lake and the New River, was designated as a National Scenic River.

Bluestone National Scenic River is managed as a partnership between the National Park Service and the State of West Virginia. It is one of over 400 special and unique places across our nation that make up our national park system.
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 37° 32.267′ N, 81° 0.507′ W. Marker is in Pipestem, West Virginia, in Summers County. Marker can be reached from Canyon Way. Located at the Mountain Creek Center in Pipestem State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pipestem WV 25979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bluestone River (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Bluestone River (approx. 0.6 miles away); Pipestem Knob Primitive Baptist Church (approx. 2˝ miles away); Jordan's Chapel (approx. 2.7 miles away); Pipestem Falls (approx. 2.8 miles away); Farley's Fort / Thomas Farley (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mercer Salt Works (approx. 2.8 miles away); Neely "Plantation" (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pipestem.
 
Bluestone National Scenic River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, August 3, 2019
2. Bluestone National Scenic River Marker
Bluestone National Scenic River Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Michael C. Wilcox, August 3, 2019
3. Bluestone National Scenic River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 24, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 197 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 24, 2019, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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