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Spring Gobbler Hunter Cabin Special at Bluestone State Park

      With Spring Gobbler Season in West Virginia beginning April 24, Bluestone State Park in Summers County has called up some reduced rental cabin rates for park guests and hunters alike. From April 24 – May 18, Bluestone is offering a mid-week cabin rental package with a diminishing rate the longer the rental time.
      Park Superintendent Brett McMillion recognizes that hunters often forget how close the Bluestone Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is to the state park’s vacation rental cabins. “Although not adjoining the state park, the WMA is another opportunity to enjoy outdoor adventure,” McMillion explains. Situated in Summers, Mercer and Monroe counties, this 18,019 acre public area topography ranges from flat bottomlands to steep mountains. The forest is predominantly oak-hickory and provides some of the eastern United States’ best hunting opportunities for deer, squirrel, raccoon and wild turkey.
      Bluestone WMA is accessible by several major highways. Take exit 139 (Sandstone/Hinton) off I-64 to WV 20 south and drive 5 miles. From the I-77 south, take the Athens Road Exit (exit 14) to WV 20 north, and travel 22 miles. Wildlife Management Area maps are available at Bluestone State Park office.
      Cabin styles at nearby Bluestone State Park vary from two-person cottage-like units to modern four- bedroom accessible cabins. Fully equipped for housekeeping, linens provided, this package generally appeals to individuals looking for some lake fishing and “a whole-lot-of-nothing-to-do but relax,” continues Brett McMillion, park superintendent. “Cabins at Bluestone have always been popular with family reunions in the summer and ski groups in the winter. This winter we’ve had calls inquiring about cabin rentals and hunting opportunities. We had the answer: Bluestone WMA and our cabins here at Bluestone State Park.”
     When visiting Bluestone, cabin guests have an additional treat in store: indoor pool facilities at nearby Pipestem Resort are included in cabin rentals as well as tennis court and game court use. “It’s a unique relationship to have two state parks close enough together to share amenities with guests,” says McMillion.“It is a short 12-mile trip to Pipestem from Bluestone State Park and it’s about 30 minutes to Bluestone Lake WMA.”
      “Although hunting is prohibited on state parks, some areas with overnight accommodations are close enough to public lands (WMAs) to provide a sport venue for guests who hunt as an outdoor activity,” Parks lodging sales representative Sissie Summers explains. “Like West Virginia state forests, the Bluestone WMA as a whole fills an outdoor niche for sportsmen and women.” Hunting information is available online at www.wvdnr.gov or by contacting Division of Natural Resource District Offices.
     Located near Hinton, WV, Bluestone State Park cabins are open year-round for family vacations, reunions, fishing and winter getaways. Buffered by the 2000 acre Bluestone Lake, Bluestone waters are noted for channel catfish, stripped bass, croppy, largemouth, and bluegill; Bluestone State Park provides overnight cabin and camping accommodations; Bluestone Wildlife Management Area provides hunting opportunities – a Bluestone outdoor trifecta.
      The main Web page at www.wvstateparks.com features packages and spring discounts at many areas. Some of those are: Double C Horse & Rider Campground at Camp Creek State Park, smallmouth fishing and golf packages at Pipestem Resort and “Winter to Spring Escape” at North Bend State Park and “Spring Tonic” at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park. Additionally, there is a discounted mid-week cabin offer at fourteen of the state parks and forests from April 9 to May 18.
      To gobble up more information about ‘Spring Gobbler’ cabin rentals at Bluestone or other area events and packages, call 1-800 CALL WVA or go online at www.wvstateparks.com.

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