High water forces closure of Bluestone State Park ahead of holiday weekend

HINTON, W.Va. — A big weekend at a popular state park has been cut short because of high water.

State Parks announced Friday afternoon in a series of tweets that Bluestone State Park in Summers County would be closed for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

“Due to flooding and for the safety of our guests, Bluestone State Park is closed for the weekend. This includes campgrounds and all facilities within the park as well as the main park road,” the park system said.

Flooding on the New River in Virginia has pushed high water toward the Bluestone Dam, backing up Bluestone Lake into the park.

“Campground reservations have been canceled and the park’s staff is closely monitoring the situation,” the agency said Friday. “We apologize for any inconvenience this closure may have caused and hope to have you back to Bluestone soon.”

Gov. Jim Justice just reopened state park campgrounds Thursday after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus. They are only open to in-state residents. Lodges and cabins in the State Park system are scheduled to reopen next Tuesday for in-state residents only.

Bluestone State Park has four campgrounds with a total of 120 campsites.

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