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Driving an hour and 45 minutes southeast of Charleston brings you to Pipestem Resort State Park, Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. Pipestem Resort State Park is a paradise for adventure lovers of all ages and interests. With many outdoor activities, breathtaking views, and cozy accommodations, this state park is ideal for a refreshing break from the daily grind.
WHERE TO STAY OVER THE WEEKEND
No need to worry about accommodations – Pipestem Resort State Park offers a variety of lodging options. From cozy cabins to lodge rooms with stunning views, there is something for every budget and preference. I stayed in a king suite at McKeever Lodge, which had a small balcony overlooking the gorge.
Many rooms have had significant upgrades; request one of those if that appeals to you.
WHAT TO SEE & DO IN PIPESTEM
Adventure awaits at every turn of Pipestem Resort State Park. Embrace your inner thrill-seeker by zip lining over the scenic Bluestone Gorge at the adventure course. The Pipestem Peaks Zip Line Tour takes you soaring through the air over the Bluestone River. It provides an unparalleled view of the West Virginia wilderness. Golfing award-winning courses is also another perk of this resort.
Whitewater rafting through the New River Gorge is the perfect way to spend a day for those who crave a different kind of excitement.
This adrenaline-pumping experience is perfect for bonding with your family and friends while creating unforgettable memories.
The mini-golf course, remote control cars, and laser tag are excellent options to spend a relaxed day outdoors. These activities, plus the game room, disc golf, heated indoor pool, and paddleboats, will keep you and your kids entertained for hours. Ask about horseback riding, if that is of interest.
Skeet shooting is also an activity on offer at Pipestem Resort State Park. It requires a keen eye, quick reflex, and accuracy. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, skeet shooting is an excellent way to spend an afternoon at the park. Warning: your arms will most likely be sore, but it is great fun.
A highlight of Pipestem State Park is its aerial tram ride, a 3,000-foot-long ride down the mountain. It provides a bird’s-eye view of the lush forests and rolling hills — a unique way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty.
A great splurge is a facial or mani/pedi at the Pipestem Spa.
If you want to explore the surrounding areas, I recommend Hinton, a quaint town located just a few miles from Pipestem. Hinton offers a handful of shops, murals, a railroad museum, and restaurants. I recommend Otter & Oak coffee shop, getting your Almost Heaven swing photo at Bluestone Lake (fishing is primo, too!), and grabbing a delicious lunch at Lucky Rivers Cafe.
Rumor has it that the Dairy Queen in Hinton is the best in the state.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK
Don’t forget to try the delicious dishes of the on-site restaurants (Bluestone Dining Room and Black Bear Grill) at Pipestem Resort State Park, which offers tasty food and brilliant views. I tried the pulled pork BBQ for lunch and sun-dried tomato chicken pasta for dinner, and both were really good.
Breakfast is a must for your favorite omelet, pancake, and even chicken & waffle dishes; plus, you can see the fog over the mountains, making the setting look magical.
The Oak is a nearby restaurant you will want to take advantage of. Fancy enough for a special occasion but relaxed enough to bring the family, The Oak is on another level of customer service and food quality. Start with the baked brie en croute (mixed berry reduction), then go big for the Filet Mignon with an add-on broiled lobster tail to replicate my photo.
Save room for dessert, though; the homemade peppermint ice cream is raved about.