Running almost 70 miles across West Virginia, the North Bend Rail Trail provides a variety of outdoor recreational activities. The North Bend Rail Trail runs through charming small towns and a relatively undeveloped area of the state. The North Bend Rail Trail is accessed in many places along US Route 50, with the trail roughly being bounded by Interstate 79 to the East and Interstate 77 to the West.
The North Bend Rail Trail takes its name from North Bend State Park, located near the halfway point of the rail trail. North Bend State Park offers both tent and RV camping and cabin and lodge rentals, along with other amenities such as a pool, restaurant, and game courts as well as a nearby golf course and lake. North Bend State Park offers a great central location to stay and explore the North Bend Rail Trail. See my Content Producer page for more information on North Bend State Park.
The North Bend Rail Trail allows mountain biking, horseback riding, and hiking. Bikes can be rented in various towns along the trail, including Cairo. The North Bend Rail Trail runs through 13 tunnels, some fairly long that will require a light or walking your bike as they are quite dark. The tunnels and bridges add a lot of charm to the trip. Many of the tunnels are cut through solid rock and are quite interesting. Local lore tells of a young lady killed in the Silver Run tunnel west of Cairo. Her spirit is reported to be seen in the area.
The North Bend Rail Trail was originally built in the 1850’s by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O Railroad). The Railroad was one of the targets of the Confederate’s Jones-Imboden Raid through the area during the American Civil War. Other tales of train wrecks and robberies are told by locals in the area.
The North Bend Rail Trail is relatively flat. The surfaces of the North Bend Rail Trail vary from smooth packed dirt in some areas to rough gravel. Mountain Bikes will have no difficulty negotiating the terrain and the North Bend Rail Trail is a great family biking destination. The towns of Salem, Smithburg, West Union, Pennsboro, Ellenboro, and Cairo are along the trail and offer restaurants, antique and craft shopping and many other things to do. There are numerous streams to fish along the rail trail as well from Middle Island Creek to the Hughes River.
The North Bend Rail Trail can be easily accessed at its trail head in the east off of the Wolf Summit exit of Route 50. The North Bend Rail Trail is also easily accessed at many other points along its route particularly Salem, Pennsboro, Ellenboro, and Cairo.
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