North Bend Rail Trail State Park

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North Bend Rail Trail State Park

West Virginia

(304) 643-2931

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Overview

The North Bend Rail Trail is a multi-use recreational trail operated by West Virginia State Parks. Formerly an abandoned spur of the CSX system, the trail is part of the 5,500 mile coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. Stretching 72 miles from I-77 near Parkersburg in Wood County to Wolf Summit in Harrison County, this scenic trail passes through 13 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges. Easily accessible from north/south Interstates 77 and 79, the trail nearly parallels US Route 50 east and west.

The trail passes through wild and natural areas, farmland and a variety of small rural communitiies that grew up along its length. The many points of interest and history include the Old Stone House and the former Stage Coach Inn at Pennsboro, a marble factory, hand-blown glass factories, outlet stores, arts and craft markets, fairs and festivals, sites of trail robberies and legends of tunnel ghosts. The trail also passes numerous state, county and local parks.

In the tumultuous years before the Civil War and the creation of the state of West Virginia, the former rail corridor was constructed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between 1853 and 1857. The trail boasts 13 remaining tunnels constructed by the railroad. The number 10 tunnel west of Ellenboro, for example, is 337 feet long and is a "raw" or natural tunnel which is bored through solid rock.

Map of North Bend Rail Trail (WV)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.222679, -81.110001

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Activities

  • Boating

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  • Bicycling

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  • Camping

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  • Hiking

    The North Bend Rail Trail is a 72 mile multi-purpose recreational trail. The trail was designed for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. The North Bend Rail Trail extends from Parkersburg, WV at the western terminus to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg, WV, along the abandoned B & O Railroad corridor. With only a 3% grade, the Rail Trail is ideal for all skill levels.

    During the tumultuous years between 1853 and 1857, prior to the Civil War and the creation of the state of West Virginia, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad constructed this section of the rail corridor that, due to the terrain, required numerous bridges and tunnels.

    There are 13 tunnels along the North Bend Rail Trail, 10 of which you will pass through. Three tunnels were abandoned by the Railroad but may still be viewed along the trail. The 337 foot long Number 10 tunnel, west of Ellenboro is a "raw" or natural tunnel bored through solid rock: and far more fanciful, the Silver Run Tunnel, Number 19 is said to manifest the image of a young woman in white as recounted in the story of "The Silver Run Tunnel". Great pieces of history, architecture, scenery and recreational opportunities, it is a great place to bike, cross country ski, horseback ride or walk. In addition to the North Bend Rail Trail, North Bend offers 14 hiking trails with a total of 20 miles. Trails are available for all skill levels including the "Extra Mile" trail which is paved and level.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riders can use the North Bend Rail Trail.

  • Winter Sports

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Directions

Driving

Located in the north-western section of the state, North Bend is easily accessible from four-lane U.S. 50 which stretches across north central West Virginia from Parkersburg to Clarksburg. Driving east, take U.S. 50 to the junction of WV 31 (21 miles). Take WV31 to Cairo and follow signs to the park. Driving west, take WV 16 to Harrisville and follow signs to the park. Consult your highway map for further details.

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(304) 643-2931

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