photos by taylor
In Greenbrier County, close to the small little village of White Sulphur Springs, you can find a piece of heaven hidden deep in the mountains of West Virginia. Blue Bend is a spot the locals know well and is a place that makes this sleepy area of North America worth living in. First, a little history about Blue Bend. Anybody from around here knows that the water at blue bend stays COLD all year round, even in the heat of summer this water stays cool and crisp as it passes over the very deep ‘bend’ in Anthony creek. This creek will eventually empty into the Greenbrier River at Anthony about 4 miles (google earth) from here. Blue Bend was probably a favorite cooling-off spot long before the Civilian Conservation Corps developed this area during the Great Depression. It is still a great place to swim and Blue Bend Campground has evolved into a place where campers return time and again to pitch their tents under the tall hemlock forest. The forest service also has a great system of trails in the immediate area. Rhododendron forms the primary understory, which makes for good campsite privacy. Anthony Creek flows off in the distance, with eight campsites lined up along the creek. (trails.com).
The trees that envelope this timeless oasis are spectacular. Some of the Great White Pines that are found here look like a small redwood that you might encounter in Muir Woods.