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    North Bend State Park in West Virginia
    North Bend State Park is tucked away in the northwestern corner of West Virginia. With its 305-acre lake and the nearby 72-mile rail trail, it is a great destination for hiking, biking and water sports. The park gets its name from the horseshoe curve in the North Fork of the Hughes River.

    North Bend Rail Trail

    Located near the park is the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, designed for mountain biking, hiking, walking, cross-country skiing and horseback riding.There are 13 tunnels along the trail and motorized vehicles are prohibited.

    Things to Do

    Besides North Bend Rail Trail, the park has 14 hiking trails covering more than 20 miles. The North Bend Lake offers a boat and canoe launch and two fishing platforms. Boats and bikes can be rented in the park.


    The Park has two campgrounds: River Run Campground and Cokeley Campground. River Run has 49 camping sites, with about half of them having electric hookups. Cokeley has 28 camping sites with water and electric hookups, a modern bathhouse and coin-operated washers and dryers.

    Other Accomodations

    The park has a 29-room lodge and nine cabins that are open for guests year-round. The lodge is equipped with a full-service restaurant, fireplace, wireless Internet access and meeting rooms.

    Getting There

    North Bend State Park is situated off U.S. Route 50 between Harrisville and Cairo, West Virginia. If you are driving east on U.S. 50, take WV 31 to Cairo; if you are driving west, take WV 16 to Harrisville. Then follow the signs leading to the park.

    Article Written By Donna McKinney

    Donna McKinney has been writing on topics ranging from science and technology to Christianity since 1985. Her articles are published on and various other websites and in "Home Life" magazine and "Essential Connection" magazine. McKinney has a Master of Arts degree in English from George Mason University.

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