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Things to Do

Aerial tramway, golf, fishing, horseback riding, swimming, and more are things to do at Pipestem Resort State Park.

R/C Dirt TrackR/C Race Track

Radio control race tracks are open and available for free use year-round, weather permitting.  There are two tracks: a dirt track and a paved NASCAR-style oval. Tracks are located adjacent to the Pipestem Recreation Center.

Disc Golf

The course is located in the heart of the park's recreation area and adjacent to an Olympic outdoor pool, par 3 golf course, driving range, snack bar, picnic area, r/c race course, mini golf, tennis courts, and large amphitheater.  

The course is designed with good variety, from tightly wooded, technical fairways to long, open holes. Shortest hole is 155', longest hole is 405'. Pipestem Disc Golf course is 18 holes and was  constructed in 2012. The course is a Par 62 and is 3900-4761’ in total length, in moderately hilly and moderately wooded terrain. The play fee is $3 per player, payable in the pro shop.  Disc rentals and sales available in the pro shop. An annual pass is available for $36 per person.

Nature Center

The Nature Center is open year-round and features a wide variety of displays of indigenous plant and animal life of WV, as well as a variety of naturalist lead programs. The nature center and naturalist programs introduces you to the Pipestem area, hiking, birding, nature and heritage aspects, and surroundings

The Harris Homestead

  • A historical reconstruction of the house, barn and meat house of a 1900 era Summers County family is located near the nature center

Bird Watching

Moths

  • Moths are winged insects that frequent lighting fixtures as darkness falls.  Click here to identify some you may see at your cabin, around the lodge or campground during your visit. 

Weekly activities

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Hiking and Trails

Twenty trails are maintained for your exploration. Hike year-round at Pipestem. For hiking trail descriptions, download here

Bicycle Rentals

Bicycle rentals are available at the Golf Pro Shop.  Rates are: $5/hour; $12/half day (four hours or less) and $20/full day (bike and equipment must be returned prior to pro shop closure for the day).  A rental agreement with signature is required prior to bicycle use. See hours or operation for facilities at Pipestem and associated fees.

Fishing

Long Branch Lake, the Bluestone River and nearby New River offer anglers, novice and seasoned alike, fishing opportunities. From stocked trout to smallmouth bass, if you’re looking for a well rounded park that includes fishing, it’s Pipestem.  Fishing license is required and online purchase is available.

For fly fishing package info click here
For Bluestone Lake fishing information, click here

Golf Courses

Pipestem features two challenging, beautifully manicured courses. The 18-hole par 72 championship course designed by Geoffrey Cornish, features views of the Bluestone Canyon. Also located at the park is the Short Course, a challenging Par 3 course. View golf page

Pro Shop

Mulligans Sports Lounge is located at the 18-hole course clubhouse. This restaurant features specialty sandwiches and your favorite legal beverages.

Swimming

An Olympic-sized outdoor swimming pool with a diving well is located at the Recreation Center at Pipestem Resort.  It is open to park guests and the public on weekends from May 24 through Labor Day Sept. 1, 2014. The pool will be open mid-week days beginning June 10th through August 15, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sundays; Closing only on Mondays and Wednesdays. The outdoor pool hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. 

After hour private outdoor pool parties may be scheduled from 6:15 - 8:00 p.m. on any day the pool is open.  Pool parties must be scheduled in advance.

The large indoor heated swimming pool at McKeever Lodge is open daily to the public and park guests from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.  Cottage and lodge overnight guests receive complimentary admission to both pools. 

Bolar Lookout Tower

Bolar Lookout TowerAt 3,000 feet, the view of the Pipestem area from Bolar Lookout Tower is inspiring.  Named in honor of the 6th superintendent at Pipestem, Steve Bolar, the tower is located near the park entrance.  A .2 mile paved path leads up a rather steep terrain. 

Horseback Riding, Stables and Hayrides

Guided horseback rides are available year-round at Pipestem. Rides offered include ½-, one- and two-hour trails rides. Ring rides where horse are led by staff members available.  Overnight trail rides are wonderful and include dinner, breakfast and a stay in a 19th century cabin are by reservation only.  Trail rides require riders to be at least seven years of age. Hayrides and wiener roasts available for group gatherings. Stable hours are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays.  Rides offered are ½ hour, one hour, two hour and ring ride (staff led).

For daily horseback riding rates and open hours, click here

Aerial TramAerial Tramway

The aerial tramway is a highlight at Pipestem. The enclosed cars carry you on a six minute ride of 3600 feet along some outstanding scenery to the Bluestone River Gorge below. The tram generally opens during the first full-week in May into October. For all facility hours, including aerial tramway at Pipestem, click here

Sleds and X-C Skiing

Winter fun starts at Pipestem. Cross-country skiing and sledding, as weather permits is welcome at Pipestem.  Equipment rental  is available at Pipestem Pro Shop. For equipment rental information, click here

Outdoor Amphitheater

Nestled in a natural bowl of the forested hills is the Pipestem amphitheater. It is a beautiful setting for weekend summer entertainment such as oldies, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass musical groups and theatrical plays. For the Summer Amphitheater Schedule, click here

Recreation Center

The recreation center features an olympic size outdoor pool, miniature golf, lighted tennis courts, and the Short Course, a challenging par 3 golf course.

Indoor Pool and Fitness Center

A heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, exercise room and game room are located at McKeever Lodge.

Resort Activity Pass (RAP)

A resort activity pass may be purchased to take advantage of six fee-based activities at a reduced rate. Each pass is good for one admission to each of these facilities:  indoor pool, outdoor pool, 30-minute paddle boat rental, disc golf, miniature golf, and one hour bicycle rental.  Each activity on each pass is valid until redeemed through Labor Day.  Passes go on sale from Friday prior to Memorial Day until Labor Day.  The pass rate is $16 per pass, all taxes included and available for purchase at the campground and McKeever Lodge front desk.

Picnicking

There are three picnic shelters for daily rental at Pipestem. Advance reservations are available two years out.  All shelters offer approximately 10 tables, electric service and lighting, water, and a charcoal grill.
Print a picnic shelter reservation application.

GAZEBO

A gazebo and arbor greet visitors at the Administration Building lawn area. Perfect for weddings and special occasions.  With ample parking, electricity and access to public restrooms, this addition to amenities at Pipestem Resort is a beautiful setting. For rates click here.

Gift ShopShopping

Three gift shops offer a wide assortment of shopping possibilities.

  • McKeever Lodge Lobby Shop offers unique gifts and provides sundries frequently needed by guests.
  • Canyon Rim Center, located above the Bluestone Gorge, features two gift shops: The Mountain Artisan Shop and Canyon Rim Gift Shop.
  • Mountain Artisan Shop provides WV handcrafted items, furniture and quilts. Canyon Rim Gift Shop has a great selection of souvenirs, toys, and clothing and features Reflections Glass Showcase. A wide variety of hand blown glass from throughout the state including Fenton, Pilgrim and Blenko is available.

Miscellaneous Recreation

A variety of other activities are available including:

Conference Facilities

From small family gatherings to large corporate conferences, Pipestem is a great choice. A professional sales staff assists with planning a major event or a small group functions. For group services information, click here

Wireless service

For your convenience, the lobby and conference facilities at Pipestem Resort offer wireless service.

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