North Bend Rail Trail

photo: photo by Bill Robinson Type: Rail Trail
Length: 72.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (off pavement)
Equestrian - Riding
Equestrian - Pack trips
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: State
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: From I-77 near Parkersburg in Wood County to Wolf Summit in Harrison County
States: West Virginia
Counties: Wood, Harrison
Latitude: 39.22341   Longitude: -81.51255

Accessible from north/south Interstates 77 and 79, the trail nearly parallels US Route 50 east and west

Description

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 communities 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.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Crushed Rock
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 0%
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Year Designated: 1992

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: North Bend Rail Trail brochure (PDF 3.6 mb)
Website: Trail access points and route description

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Trail Superintendent
North Bend State Park
202 North Bend Park Road
Cairo , WV 26337
(304) 643-2931
http://www.northbendrailtrailstatepark.com/

 

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