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Things to Do

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

ACTIVITIES TO DO

Park naturalist, activities coordinator and recreation supervisor at Pipestem State Park plans and conducts a variety of activities that are open to the public, and generally without charge. Click here for activity schedule

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.

AMPHITHEATER, OUTDOOR

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

BICYCLE RENTALS

Bicycle rentals are available at the Campground.  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.  For rates and hours, click here.

BIRDING

Some of West Virginia's best bird watching venues occurs at Pipestem, including eagles. Bird walks are frequently scheduled.  See our daily activities for bird walks and other interpretative programs.
Birding surveys and checklists about songbirds, eagles, and other topics. Click here to view lists
Birds of West Virginia with Naturalist Jim Phillips is a film produced by the WVLC Library Television Network taped June 26, 2013.  The program is about 30 minutes.  Allow the video to load.  Watch Birds of West Virginia with Jim Phillips.

Bolar Lookout TowerBOLAR LOOKOUT TOWER

At 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. 

CANOEING

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

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 are available in the pro shop. An annual pass is available also available for Disc Golf play.  For rates and hours, click here.

Fling GolfFLING GOLF

FlingGolf™ is to golf what snowboarding is to skiing. An active, natural, athletic sport. It is played on golf courses, right alongside traditional golf. Instead of striking a golf ball with a golf club, fling a golf ball with a FlingStick. Swing naturally, shape your shots with just one stick, and enjoy the course.
FlingGolf is scored like traditional golf. There are FlingGolf rules.  It's natural swing and shot shaping fun. The rules are simple. Players fling the golf ball along the course and putt with the face of the FlingStick.

FlingGolf appeals to a younger athletic crowd. Kids love it. It's easy to learn. And even those who have left golf will be enticed to come back for the fun of FlingGolf.  Offered at both the Short Course (Par 3) and Championship Course at Pipestem Resort, the play fee is the same as standard golf and includes a FlingStick. Call the phone number at the bottom of our pages, for tee times. For FlingGolf guidelines and rules, click here.

Long Branch LakeFISHING

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  well-rounded recreation that includes fishing, it's Pipestem.  Fishing license is required and online purchase is available.

For trophy trout fishing package information, click here. For Bluestone Lake fishing information, click here

Foot GolfFOOT GOLF

There is American football, there is golf, and there is the original football, which Americans call soccer. Now there is FootGolf – a combination of soccer and golf. The only place to play it in West Virginia is at Pipestem Resort State Park. FootGolf is played with a regulation #5 soccer ball at a golf course facility on shortened holes with 21-inch diameter cups. The rules are basically the rules of golf except that players use their feet instead of clubs.

Pipestem's Par 3 golf course is used for the FootGolf course site. FootGolf may be played after 4 p.m. Saturdays and after 2 p.m. the other days of the week when traditional golf play typically is light. Players may bring their own #5 soccer ball. Rentals are available at the pro shop. The attire is standard golf apparel which includes a collared shirt. FootGolf players share the course with traditional golf play.  Learn more

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.

GOLF

Two 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. A challenging Par 3 course, the Short Course, is also at Pipestem Resort. View our golf page

Pro Shop

A fully stocked pro shop is on site.  Mulligans Sports Lounge is located at the 18-hole course clubhouse. This restaurant features specialty sandwiches and your favorite legal beverages.

HAYRIDES , HORSEBACK RIDING, and STABLES

Guided horseback rides are offered from mid-March to November at Pipestem. Rides offered include ½, one- and two-hour trails rides. Ring rides where horses 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. Rides offered are ½ hour, one hour, two hour and ring ride (staff led). For daily horseback riding open dates, rates and hours click here.

HIKING AND TRAILS

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

HOMESTEAD – 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.  Visit this unique setting when you're at Pipestem. 

HUNTING

Hunting on state parks is prohibited, however, public hunting is available at state wildlife management areas, including nearby Bluestone Wildlife Management Area.  Find a map and list of all WMAs  here. 

KAYAKS

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.  Dark in the Park activity areas may be featured on the daily activities schedule.

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

PADDLEBOARDS

PEDALBOATS

PICNIC SHELTERS

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. Find hours and rental fees, if applicable, here.

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. 

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. Find hours and fees here.

RECREATION, OTHER FUN

A variety of other activities are available.  Find hours and rental fees, if applicable, here.

  • Archery
  • Horseshoes
  • Lighted basketball courts
  • Picnicking 

RESORT ACTIVITY PASS (RAP)

Pay one price, and play, play, play! Pipestem's Resort Activity Pass is a convenient way to take advantage of eight fee-based activities at a greatly reduced rate! Each pass is good for one admission to each of the following: the indoor pool, the outdoor pool, a 30-minute paddle boat rental, 9 holes of Foot Golf, a disc golf greens fee, miniature golfing, a small bucket of range balls at our driving range and a one hour bicycle rental (minimum age of 12 required for bike rental). Each activity on each pass can be redeemed anytime until the end of the calendar year. However, don't delay ! Please check with the Resort for operating days and hours to ensure uninterrupted fun! RAP is available for purchase at the campground and McKeever Lodge front desk, and is good to use immediately. The cost is $20 for each pass of eight activities. See hours and fees at Pipestem here.

Gift ShopSHOPPING

Three gift shops offer a wide assortment of shopping possibilities.

SLEDS AND X-C SKIING

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

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 Memorial Day through Labor Day. The pool will be open mid-week days please click here for our operational hours.

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. Cabin and lodge overnight guests receive complimentary admission to both swimming pools.

SWIMMING –INDOOR POOL AND FITNESS CENTER

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

WIFI SERVICE

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

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