North Bend Rail Trail State Park
North Bend Rail Trail
Route 1, Box 221
West Virginia 26337
The North Bend Rail Trail is a
multi-use recreational trail operated by West Virginia
State Parks. Formerly an abandoned spur of the CSX
system, the trail is part of the 5,500 mile coast-to-coast
American Discovery Trail.
Stretching 72 miles from I-77 near Parkersburg in Wood
County to Wolf Summit in Harrison County, this scenic
trail passes through 13 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges.
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Easily accessible from north/south Interstates 77 and
79, the trail nearly parallels US Route 50 east and west.
The trail passes through wild and natural areas,
farmland and a variety of small rural communities that grew up along
its length. The many points of interest and history include the Old
Stone House and the former Stage Coach Inn at Pennsboro, a marble
factory, hand-blown glass factories, outlet stores, arts and craft
markets, fairs and festivals, sites of trail robberies and legends of
tunnel ghosts. The trail also passes numerous state, county and local
In the tumultuous years before the Civil War and the
creation of the state of West Virginia, the former rail corridor was
constructed by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between 1853 and 1857.
The trail boasts 13 remaining tunnels constructed by the railroad. The
number 10 tunnel west of Ellenboro, for example, is 337 feet long and
is a "raw" or natural tunnel which is bored through solid rock.
What to Expect?
Work is underway
on various sections of the trail. If you encounter a rough section,
don't despair! Flood-damaged sections have been repaired, drainage
problems are being corrected, and other obstacles along the way are
being overcome to benefit users of the North Bend Rail Trail.
MAJOR ACCESS POINTS
Take I-77 to the Staunton Avenue Exit. Turn
East on Rt. 47 and take the first right turn (about
0.2 mile from interstate) on to Old WV Route 47.
Continue about 0.7 mile and turn right on Happy Valley
Road. Travel approximately 0.4 mile until you see a
large house on the left. Immediately after the stone
wall (Millers Landing) is the North Bend Rail Trail.
Park on the gravel section opposite the trailed.
Walker: Exit Rt.
47 at Walker Road, proceed to where road meets trail
(barricade on left).
Rt. 50 onto Goose Creek Road and proceed 7 miles to
Cairo: Exit Rt. 50
onto Rt. 31 and go 4 miles to town; Rt. 31 crosses the
trail and parking is available on the blacktop in town
square, or on the gravel lot by the old Bank at Cairo.
Rt. 50 onto Rt. 16 N, 1/4 mile to trail.
Rt. 50 onto Rt. 74; go north 1 mile, Rt. 74 crosses
the trail at the Depot.
Rt. 50 at Greenwood exit; access trail behind the WV
Department of Highways garage and the Greenwood Motel.
Exit Rt 50 onto Rt. 18 North; the longest bridge of
the trail is visible as you approach West Union;
access in town or park above athletic field.
Rt. 50 at Smithburg exit; turn right at the bottom of
the hill onto old Rt. 50, proceed almost 1/2 mile to
Depot and Spencer Park.
Salem: Exit Rt. 50
onto Rt. 23 South; proceed into town to the Depot;
trail runs through Salem.
Bristol: Exit Rt.
50 onto Raccoon Run Road, this road crosses trail
Summit: Exit Rt. 50 at Wolf Summit; nearest
access for Eastern Terminus.