Your next great family vacation is at North Bend State Park

You’ll find thru-hikes, quests and family adventures at North Bend!

You might have to travel a little ways off the beaten path to get to North Bend State Park, but that’s what makes it such a good place for a family trip. Located in the Mid-Ohio Valley, surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, lakes and streams, North Bend is a quaint oasis for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Here’s just a few of the unique things waiting for you at North Bend!

Your Quest for adventure at North Bend

Enjoying nature has never been more accessible than it is today, and programs like Quest at North Bend make learning outdoors skills easy and fun. Anyone, kids included, can learn how to rock climb, kayak or go backcountry camping when you have the right instructor. And the folks at North Bend are some of the best.

“We visited North Bend State Park to do a kayaking Quest, which we hadn’t done before. The Quest included an overnight stay at the lodge, kayaking instruction and rental of kayaks and related accessories. The park staff was so helpful and friendly and they worked with us to make our quest enjoyable.”

MK W — TripAdvisor Reviewer from Martinsburg, WV

The Quest program lets you customize an outdoor adventure with the help of a guide who will teach you the basics. You can learn outdoor skills like backpacking, rappelling, mountain biking, navigation, geocaching, nature interpretation and yoga. Go it alone or join a group. With Quest, it’s all up to you! Don’t worry if you don’t have all the equipment because North Bend has everything you need, so all you have to do is plan your trip.

Embark on your journey across West Virginia

Sometimes, a trip isn’t about arriving at a specific destination, but in simply taking a journey. The North Bend Rail Trail gives you just that! This 72-mile trail starts near Parkersburg and ends near Clarksburg, but can be accessed at North Bend.

This wilderness path takes travelers across 36 bridges and through 10 tunnels and is part of the 5,500-mile American Discovery Trail, which spans the length of the United States. The trail has become one of the most renowned recreational trails through Appalachia and is known for its mountainous scenery, rock cuts and farmland. Highlights include a 2,297-foot tunnel and the “haunted” Silver Run Tunnel.

Hike for a few miles around North Bend State Park or embark on a thru-hike and see one end of the state to the other. The trail runs parallel to U.S. Route 50 and offers many opportunities to stop in small, mountain communities in Harrison, Doddridge, Ritchie and Wood counties.

North Bend has one of a kind cozy cabin retreats

Whether you need a place to unwind after a day of outdoor activities or just need a retreat to the forest for a weekend, a night in one of North Bend’s nine cabins will have you feeling relaxed in no time.

There’s plenty of cabins in the woods out there, but you won’t find anything like North Bend’s solid cedar cabins. Here, your dream log cabin getaway becomes a reality. There’s nothing like sitting on the front porch of your cabin in the morning, breathing in the fresh air and smelling the earthy perfume of North Bend’s pristine white pine forest. Give yourself the nature retreat you deserve and book a getaway today.

Looking to extend your trip in the Mid-Ohio Valley? Plan a visit to nearby Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park, home of the Blennerhassett Mansion and the Ohio River’s most famous island!

Big and small, high and low, West Virginia State Parks are home to your fondest memories and experiences yet to come. Visit Blennerhassett Island and you’ll find a new reason to love Almost Heaven. Plan your trip today!

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