North Bend Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Ritchie County and Wood County, West Virginia. It is 14.2 miles long and begins at 614 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,526 feet. The Muddy Cut School (historical) (elevation 636 feet) school, the Beha Cemetery (elevation 722 feet) grave yard, and the Walker Post Office (elevation 623 feet) post office can be seen along the trail.
North Bend Rail Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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, Hiking West Virginia (Falcon Guides).
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