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Jack Warhop marker at Little League field in Bellepoint Park
Bellepoint Park is a city day-use park located along the New River at Hinton, WV, in Summers County, downstream of Bluestone Dam. Park amenities include game courts, including tennis and basketball courts, and the Hinton Little League Baseball Field. A historic marker commemorating the life of Summers County native John Milton "Jack" Warhop (July 4, 1884 - October 4, 1960), who pitched for the New York Yankees (then the New York Highlanders) from 1908 until 1915. Warhop gave up Babe Ruth's first career home run on May 6, 1915, and Ruth's second home run on June 6. Warhop earlier played for Hinton's Chesapeake & Ohio Railway team. Paved walking trails and a river-access trail skirt the New downstream of Bluestone Dam. Benches, picnic tables, and a picnic shelter are available year-round. Public restrooms are open in warm weather. The park takes its name for the Hinton neighborhood "Bellepoint," in which it is located. Bellepoint takes it name from its location at the junction of the New and Greenbrier rivers. The park was established following the construction of the dam in 1949. For information, call the Hinton city offices at (304) 466-1600.

Bellepoint Landing: The city also operates a small day-use park and boat launch at the junction of the New and the Greenbrier roughly one half mile downstream of Bellepoint Park. The entrance to the landing is located between the W.Va. Route 3 bridge over New River and the Route 107 bridge over the Greenbrier.