Rail Trail Biking
North Bend Rail Trail
Clarksburg to Parkersburg West Virginia
A 70+ mile adventure trail full of tunnels, bridges and a lot of local history.

Stretching 72 miles from I-77 near Parkersburg in Wood County to Wolf Summit in Harrison County the North Bend Rail Trail is a multipurpose recreational trail owned by the State of West Virginia and operated as a state park. Formerly an abandoned spur of the CSX system, the trail is also a part of the 5,500-mile coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. The former rail line was constructed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between 1853 and 1857. The trail's 72 miles pass through wooded areas, rolling hills, farmland and a variety of old Mayberry-like small railroad towns.

Known for its abundance of tunnels, North Bend Rail Trail passes through 13 of them and crosses 36 bridges. The tunnels are by far, its signature feature. Some of the tunnels are constructed of large stones, some brick and at least one is bored from solid rock.

Wood County is the Western Terminus of the trail and features some of its most remote and scenic settings. The section in Ritchie County can is probably the current center of activity. Numerous tunnels, several bridges, well groomed trail surfaces and North Bend State Park are all good reasons to visit this section, if you do not plan a full-length adventure.

Trail Snapshot
Trail(s): 72 miles from Wolf Summit, WV to Parkersburg, WV. varying degrees of rock base. Very smooth, to rough, the average being somewhere in the middle. Improvements are almost constant. The trail is double track, so ridding with a friend, is easy and comfortable.
Difficulty: Easy
Outdoor travels Rating: 4.5 bikes out of 5

Nuts & Bolts
Location: Clarksburg, WV to Parkersburg, WV
Trail Length: 72 Miles
Parking & Trail Access: Click here
Activities: Biking and hiking along with primitive camping.
Facilities: Rest shelters, pit toilets and several small towns provide opportunities for water, food and lodging.
Admission: none
Hours: does not close
Contact: North Bend Rail Trail Foundation Inc. at 1-800-899-6278 or North Bend Rail Trail at: 1-800-CALL-WVA

Maps & Stuff
Trail Map
Area Detail Map West
Area Detail Map East
General Overview Map
at wvparks.com
Navigable Driving Map
Useful Links
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Previous Trail Logs
August 1999
October 2003

Trail Photos
Lots of great photos to give you a good idea of what riding here is like!
Recommended Reading:
Rails to Trails:
Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and
West Virginia
by Barbara A Noe
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