Spend a 48-hour Summer Escape at North Bend State Park

Need a break from the summer heat? Escape to North Bend State Park for an unforgettable weekend in the picturesque hills of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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Located just 40 minutes east of Parkersburg, North Bend State Park offers a secluded oasis surrounded by lush forests, rolling hills, and serene lakes and streams. Whether you prefer a full-service lodge, cozy vacation cabins, or a camping adventure, North Bend has accommodations to suit every traveler. Be sure to book your room, cabin, or campsite online ahead of your visit to secure your spot.

Day 1: Explore Nature’s Beauty

Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at the lodge restaurant, fueling up for a day of outdoor adventures. Grab your fishing gear and head to the North Fork of the Hughes River or the park’s 305-acre lake, where anglers can reel in a variety of fish species. Don’t forget to purchase your fishing license before casting your line!

After a morning of fishing, spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the park’s 26+ miles of scenic trails. Wander around the lake, venture into the wooded hills to discover fascinating rock formations, and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way. North Bend State Park is steeped in history, with remnants of 19th-century oil and gas wells adding an intriguing layer to your nature walks.

As the sun begins to set, relax by the fire in your cozy cabin or enjoy the tranquil ambiance of the lodge, reminiscing about your day in nature.

Day 2: Adventure Awaits

Start your day with a bike ride along the North Bend Rail Trail, a 72-mile route that showcases the region’s natural beauty and historical charm. Accessible via a connector trail near the River Run campground, this trail is perfect for cyclists of all skill levels, offering scenic views, bridges, tunnels, and opportunities to stop for a picnic along the way.

In the afternoon, venture beyond the park to explore nearby attractions. Take a historic tour of Cairo, head over to Harrisville and visit Berdine’s 5 & Dime, visit the Quilt Barns of Ritchie County. Don’t forget that from May to October, you can step back in time at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. Take a ride on the historic ferry and tour the mansion to be taken back in time! For a dose of culture and art, don’t miss The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg.

Wrap up your weekend with a delightful dinner at the lodge, savoring the flavors of local cuisine and planning your next summer adventure in West Virginia.

Added Bonuses – Nearby Summer Attractions at a Glance:

  • North Bend Rail Trail: Embark on a scenic biking or hiking journey along this 72-mile trail, featuring bridges, tunnels and peaceful countryside views.
  • Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park: Discover the rich history of the Blennerhassett mansion and its ties to American culture and heritage.
  • The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History: Dive into the Ohio Valley’s past with a visit to this museum showcasing historical relics and art.
  • Downtown Parkersburg and Greater Wood County: Explore local shops, restaurants and cultural hotspots for a vibrant summer experience.

Plan your summer getaway at North Bend State Park today and create unforgettable memories in Almost Heaven, West Virginia!

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