Blue Bend Recreation Area and Campground
Located on State Route 16, near Alvon, West Virginia, Blue Bend is in a rustic and beautiful setting along scenic Anthony Creek. The area serves both campers and daytime visitors, and is popular for fishing, swimming, hiking, and picnicking. Most of these trails were constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps.
Anthony Creek Trail follows the creek in a narrow valley filled with rhododendron and many flowering forest trees. Blue Bend Loop Trail offers three scenic overlooks and has a trail shelter for overnight use. The South Boundary Trail travels from the beautiful Greenbrier River, fords Anthony Creek, then winds through mountains along the forest's southern boundary. The Beaver's Tale Braille plaques along its route invite the visitor to explore this unique river-bottom site.
At a Glance
|Current Conditions:||The large picnic pavilion opens May 23.|
|Reservations:||Individual picnic sites are not reservable. Camping reservations for Blue Meadow Group Campground or Pavilion reservations can be made at recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.|
|Open Season:||Late March - late November|
|Closest Towns:||Alvon, WV|
|Water:||Hand pumps available Spring and Fall. Drinking water system open May to October.|
|Restroom:||Flush toilets available in camping areas. Vault toilets are all that is available in Spring/Fall|
|Operated By:||Forest Service|
|Information Center:||White Sulphur Ranger District|
From White Sulphur Springs: Travel 8 miles north on State Route 92. Turn left (west) in Alvon, West Virginia, onto State Route 16. Travel 4 miles to the recreation area.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
There are two camping loops in the recreation area. Blue Bend Loop has 21 campsites and Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop has 19 campsites, including 4 walk-in sites.
Each site in Blue Bend Loop has a table, fire grate, waste receptacle, lantern post and a parking spur. Flush toilets with running water are located in the camping areas. However, in the spring and fall, only vault toilets are open for use. Drinking water is available at Blue Bend. Several water fountains are located throughout Blue Bend.
All campsites in Blue Bend Loop are suitable for both tent and trailer camping except for the 4 walk-in sites.
The maximum number of campers per site is 8.
All campsites are suitable for both tent and trailer camping except for the 4 walk-in sites.
Electric Hookups are only available at Site 13 and 15.
There are no sewage nor water hookups. There is also no dump station available.
|Hookup - Water||None|
|Hookup - Sewer||None|
|Hookups - Electric||None|
Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop has 19 campsites, including 4 walk-in sites.
Each site in Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop has a table, fire grate, waste receptacle, lantern post and a parking spur. Blue Meadow has vault toilets, but no drinking water. Drinking water is available at Blue Bend. Several water fountains are located throughout Blue Bend.
All campsites in Blue Meadow Group Camping Loop are suitable for both tent and trailer camping except for the 4 walk-in sites.
|Hookups - Electric||None|
There are 25 picnic units in Blue Bend. Each unit contains a table, fire grate and waste receptacle. A swinging bridge across Anthony Creek connects the picnic areas on opposite sides of the creek.
Two rustic picnic shelters, each with a fireplace and picnic table is available. The large shelter may be reserved for group outings and family reunions. A swinging bridge across Anthony Creek connects the picnic areas on opposite sides of the creek.