North Bend Rail Trail

West Virginia

Elevation Gain1,526ft
Trailhead Elevation614ft
Elevation Min/Max601/982ft
Elevation Start/End614/614ft

North Bend Rail Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: North Bend Rail Trail and North Bend Rail Trail.

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"Wouldn’t it be nice to hike in the mountains of West Virginia for days on end without ever actually having to break a sweat by climbing said mountains? Welcome to the North Bend Trail, a 72-mile multi-use rail trail between the towns of Parkersburg and Clarksburg. The most charming part of the North Bend is the fact that the trail takes you through ten old B&O Railroad tunnels (and skirts three more), made of brick and sandstone. Add in trailside camping and little towns along the way, and you’ve got a unique West Virginia hiking experience."

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Trail Information

Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Skill Level
Additional Use
North Bend State Park, (304) 643-2931 or
Local Contacts
The Track Record Commercial Atlas; USGS quads (for the section between Cairo and Pennsboro): Cairo, Harrisville, Ellenboro, Pennsboro
Local Maps