In a state full of rail trails, the famed North Bend Rail Trail offers hikers, bikers, and equestrians one of the most unforgettable experiences ever. This almost 72-mile trail follows the grade of a railroad line that dates back over 150 years. Cut through the rugged hills by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in the years prior to the Civil War, the trail winds through four counties from Parkersburg to Wolf Summit just west of Clarksburg. The rail line was in service for well over 100 years, but by the 1980s the railroad had abandoned it, and it was finally sold to the state of West Virginia, which began to turn it into the recreational opportunity it is today.
This only scratches the surface of the beautiful, haunting, and historic things you’ll see on the North Bend Rail Trail. Consult a map on the trail website and find a section to explore. Or, if you’re especially adventurous, set aside a few days to travel the whole trail end to end! Note: various sections of the trail are currently closed for repairs. Also, be sure to check the Facebook page for trail conditions, as they can vary greatly with season and weather.
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