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Map of the North Bend Rail Trail

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North Bend Rail Trail

North Bend Rail Trail Map Area

North Bend Rail Trail

LENGTH:

72 miles

SURFACE:

compacted crushed stone / natural

COMMUNITIES:

Parkersburg, Davisville, Cairo, Ellenboro, Pennsboro, West Union, Salem, Wolf Summit

HIGHLIGHTS:

railroad history, Old Stone House, tunnels, bridges, forests, wildlife

The North Bend Rail Trail is a 72-mile long mostly unpaved pathway located in the northwestern portion of West Virginia. The trail was placed along an abandoned railroad right-of-way and goes through very rural and beautiful countryside. The trail passes a handful of small towns, goes through forested areas and alongside farmland.

Highlights

There is a good chance of seeing some of the local wildlife along the trail. Additionally, there are 13 tunnels along the trail and 36 bridges for trail users to experience the history of the trains that used to use this route. Points of interest include the Old Stone House and the former Stage coach Inn in Pennsboro. The route goes past a marble factory, hand blown glass factories, arts and crafts markets.

Conditions

The North Bend Rail Trail is open for non-motorized use such and hiking, bike riding and horseback riding. Hunting in not allowed along the trail itself, but during hunting season, trail users are advised to wear bright orange and make themselves known.

The surface of the trail is compacted crushed stone and can be overgrown in some areas.

Trail users should come prepared as there are long distances between services and the trail is quite remote. Bring headlamps or other lighting for the many tunnels along the route.

Communities

The North Bend Rail Trail goes past the following West Virginia communities: Parkersburg, Davisville, Walker, Petroleum, Cairo, Ellenboro, Pennsboro, Toll Gate, Greenwood, Central Station, West Union, Smithburg, Industrial, Salem, Bristol and Wolf Summit.

End Points

The west end of the North Bend Rail Trail is located near Happy Valley Road and Millers Landing on the southeast side of Parkersburg. There is a small gravel area on the opposite side of Happy Valley Rad for the trail.

The east end of the North Bend Rail Trail is located at Wilsonburg Road and School Street in Wolf Summit.


Resources

Following are links to official off-site resources to find out more details about the North Bend Rail Trail in West Virginia

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