About This Park

North Bend Rail Trail stretches 72 miles across north-central and western West Virginia. 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 the Appalachians, and is known for its mountainous scenery and varied views of shaded tree canopies, rock cuts and farmland. Highlights include a 2,297-foot tunnel and the “haunted” Silver Run Tunnel.

North Bend Rail Trail

Things to Do


859 attraction is located outside of the park.
  • Biking
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  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
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History

The railroad that now makes up the North Bend Rail Trail was built by the Northwestern Virginia Railroad before the Civil War. The line was later sold to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and over the years, the line changed ownership and eventually was abandoned. In the 1980s, CSX Transportation sold the line to the state of West Virginia, which began converting it into a recreation trail for the state park system. Initial trail segments opened in 1991, with additional portions added over the next several years.

Accommodations

Overnight guests can find lodging, cabins or camping accommodations at nearby North Bend State Park. The park has a 29-room lodge, nine solid cedar vacation cabins and two campgrounds with sites open mid-April through November. The park’s Quest Program also provides guests with shuttle service to and from the rail trail. There are a few campsites along the North Bend Rail Trail for hikers who wish to travel the entire length of the trail.

Additional Information

Trails

The North Bend Rail Trail runs parallel to U.S. Route 50, extending for 72 miles from the community of Wolf Summit west of Clarksburg at its eastern end to I-77 near Parkersburg at its western end. Visitors may access the trail at numerous points along the way.

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Nearby Attractions

City of Parkersburg

Located at the North Bend Rail Trail’s western point, the city of Parkersburg has an Art Center, coffee shops, bakeries, old fashioned diners, shops and the Blennerhassett Museum. It’s a great place for a weekend getaway!

North Bend State Park

North Bend State Park offers many recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding. Water recreation and boat rentals also are available at the park’s 305-acre lake.

City of Clarksburg

Located at the North Bend Rail Trail’s eastern point, the city of Clarksburg offers dining and shopping. Get a taste of small town West Virginia!

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