North Bend Rail Trail
The North Bend Rail Trail is a 72 mile multi-purpose recreational trail. The trail was designed for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. The North Bend Rail Trail extends from Parkersburg, WV at the western terminus to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg, WV, along the abandoned B & O Railroad corridor. With only a 3% grade, the Rail Trail is ideal for all skill levels.
During the tumultuous years between 1853 and 1857, prior to the Civil War and the creation of the state of West Virginia, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad constructed this section of the rail corridor that, due to the terrain, required numerous bridges and tunnels.
There are 13 tunnels along the North Bend Rail Trail, 10 of which you will pass through. Three tunnels were abandoned by the Railroad but may still be viewed along the trail. The 337 foot long Number 10 tunnel, west of Ellenboro is a “raw” or natural tunnel bored through solid rock: and far more fanciful, the Silver Run Tunnel, Number 19 is said to manifest the image of a young woman in white as recounted in the story of “The Silver Run Tunnel”. Great pieces of history, architecture, scenery and recreational opportunities, it is a great place to bike, cross country ski, horseback ride or walk. For more information, please contact North Bend State Park at (304) 643-2931.