PIPESTEM, W.Va. — Pipestem State Park is once again giving visitors the opportunity to sail 300 feet over the Bluestone River Gorge.
The park will be reopening Pipestem Peaks, a ziplining experience beginning at the top of the Canyon Rim Center at Pipestem and winding its way to the bottom of Bluestone Gorge.
Consisting of a total of nine different ziplines from treetop to treetop, Owner and CEO of Pipestem Adventures, Paul Buechler said they are well-known for their ziplines due to the unique views.
“Ziplines are about topography and because the topography at Pipestem is really good we have the best zipline in the state,” he said.
Buechler said the course takes about 3 1/2 hours to complete and it’s very safe, with each tour consisting of only eight people and two guides for a more interactive experience.
In addition to the ziplines, Pipestem also offers Adventure Lake and Adventure Zone.
Adventure Lake comes complete with 30 inflatable water toys, including a 20-foot-tall iceberg for kids to climb on and jump off, slides, and the ever-popular blob, where one person jumps on the blob and launches the other person feet into the air. The water park also includes a splash pad for young kids.
Adventure Zone is an adventure experience composing of nine different activities that take up to about an hour to complete overall. They include skeet shooting, laser tag, axe throwing, motor assisted e-bikes, remote controlled cars, disc golf, mini golf, 3D archery, and drone flying.
Buechler said that since the inception of the redesignation of the New River Gorge National Park, more attention has been drawn to Pipestem, as well.
“You know, because we’re kind of a part of the New River Gorge National Park, interest in doing our activities is definitely higher because of being a national park,” he said.
Buechler expects to see a good crowd this year, too. He encourages everyone to get outdoors to the parks this year and take advantage of all of the improvements being made.
“If you haven’t been to a West Virginia state park in a while you might try one, the governor has put over a $100 million into West Virginia state parks, and if you haven’t been to one for a while you’re going to be pleasantly surprised,” said Buechler.
He said everything Pipestem State Park has to offer will be open Friday, May, 26.
People can get their tickets to the different attractions by calling 833 WV Parks, visiting West Virginia State Parks on its website, or by buying tickets upon arrival. However, Buechler said that people must pre-order their tickets for the zipline and recommends people order their tickets for all of the activities on weekends due to a bigger chance of them being busier on weekends.