Constructed in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps, 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.
Camping: 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 has a table, fire grate, waste receptacle, lantern post and a parking spur. All campsites are suitable for both tent and trailer camping except for the 4 walk-in sites. The maximum number of campers per site is 8. Blue Meadow is a group camping site. There are no hook-ups provided (sewage, water, or electric). Flush toilets with running water are located in the camping areas. However, in the winter, only vault toilets are open for use. Blue Meadow has running water for washing and flush toilets but it is not safe to drink. Good drinking water is available at Blue Bend. Several water fountains are located throughout Blue Bend.Fishing: Blue Bend is a popular fishing area. The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources stocks Anthony Creek with trout from January through May and in October. The nearby Greenbrier River is fished for trout and bass. A state fishing license and National Forest Stamp is required and if you are fishing for trout a trout stamp is needed.Hiking and Biking: All hiking trails are open to biking as well. 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.Picnicking: There are 25 picnic units in Blue Bend. Each unit contains a table, fire grate and waste receptacle. Two rustic picnic shelters, each with a fireplace and picnic table is also 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.
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Camping fees are $8.00 for Blue Bend and $50.00 for the Blue Meadow Group campground. Picnic shelters can be rented for $25.00 per day. Golden Age and Golden Access passport holders pay half of all stated fees.
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Reviews of Blue Bend Recreation Area
Reviewed by Daithi on January 29, 2013
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If you want a shower, don't come here. The shower stall-like rooms smell so strong, it is breathtaking. These facilities need to be torn down and new ones built- everything is moldy, slimy, yuck!
The campground is too small for the traffic it usually gets in summer. If you are fishing and don't mind smelling, it is relaxing, as long as your neighbors aren't too loud. The cost is good, but then again, you might want to bathe in the "pool," the overrated river hole they call the swimming area. Overall, this is really overrated.
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