North Bend Rail Trail

Cairo, West Virginia

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A wonderful hike through true Americana, the rail-trail travels through tunnels, across bridges, and past old train stops long forgotten. The trail is also open to bicycles. In the northern part of West Virginia, roughly parallel to US 50 between the towns of Parkersburg and Clarksburg, lies the 72-mile-long multi-use North Bend Rail Trail. The trail is a reminder of times gone by. You can almost hear the train whistle blow as you hike through dark tunnels and across old railroad bridges. This is not a wilderness hike; small towns dot the trail like beads on a necklace, adding to the trail’s charm. Special attractions: Small towns, dark tunnels, bridges spanning the Hughes River.
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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

A wonderful hike through true Americana, the rail-trail travels through tunnels, across bridges, and past old train stops long forgotten. The trail is also open to bicycles. In the northern part of West Virginia, roughly parallel to US 50 between the towns of Parkersburg and Clarksburg, lies the 72-mile-long multi-use North Bend Rail Trail.

The trail is a reminder of times gone by. You can almost hear the train whistle blow as you hike through dark tunnels and across old railroad bridges. This is not a wilderness hike; small towns dot the trail like beads on a necklace, adding to the trail’s charm. Special attractions: Small towns, dark tunnels, bridges spanning the Hughes River.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cairo
Distance: 10
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS Cairo, Harrisville, Ellenboro, Pennsboro
Driving Directions: Directions to North Bend Rail Trail

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Apr 2018