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Description - **Information provivded by West Virginia Division of Natural Resources**

The fishing streams, hiking trails, abundant wildlife and excellent overnight accommodations are among this year-round park's most popular features. The park also features the 72 mile North Bend Rail Trail,which is a trail designed for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The rail trail runs along the old B & O Railroad bed from Parkersburg, WV to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg, WV.

Attractions - North Bend has a 305 acre recreational lake. A boat ramp, handicapped accessible fishing pier, and other fishing access points have been completed.

The outdoor swimming pool is located near the River Run Camping area. The pool is unique in that it sits on top of a large hill with huge rocks to lay on for sunbathing. The pool is open 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Tuesday - Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Bike rentals are available at the River Run Campground Check-in Station from Memorial Day through October 31. North Bend is excellent choice for bikers because of our easy access to the 72 mile North Bend Rail Trail with its nearly flat grade.

In addition to the North Bend Rail Trail, North Bend offers 11 hiking trails with a total of 14 miles.Trails are available for all skill levels including the "Extra Mile" trail which is paved and level.

North Bend now offers boat rentals at their new 305 acre lake on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; May - October. You must call the boat outfitter for reservations and boat availability at 304-299-1768. Their headquarters are located on the park road at the overflow campground/Marina.

A year-round Nature and Recreation Program is available featuring programs on the park's natural and cultural history. Programs run daily from Memorial Day through Labor Day and on weekends throughout the rest of the year. Special programs or tours can be arranged for groups.

The North Bend Rail Trail is a 72 mile multi- purpose recreational trail.The trail was designed for mountain biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. The North Bend Rail Trail extends from Parkersburg, WV at the western terminus to Wolf Summit, near Clarksburg, WV, along the abandoned B & O Railroad corridor. With only a 3% grade, the Rail Trail is ideal for all skill levels. During the tumultous years between 1853 and 1857, prior to the Civil War and the creation of the state of West Virginia, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad constructed this section of the rail corridor that, due to the terrain, required numerous bridges and tunnels. There are 13 tunnels along the North Bend Rail Trail, 10 of which you will pass through. Three tunnels were abandoned by the Railroad but may still be viewed along the trail. The 337 foot long Number 10 tunnel, west of Ellenboro is a "raw" or natural tunnel bored through solid rock: and far more fanciful, the Silver Run Tunnel, Number 19 is said to manifest the image of a young woman in white as recounted in the story of "The Silver Run Tunnel". Great pieces of history, architecture, scenery and recreational opportunities, it is a great place to bike, cross country ski, horseback ride or walk. For more information, please contact North Bend State Park at 1-800-CALL-WVA.

Recreation - Swimming, Nature Programs Fishing, Picnicking Game Courts, Playgrounds Hiking, Mini-golf

Climate - West Virginia experiences four distinct seasons, none of which are extreme. Temperatures in the highlands of the Allegheny Mountains are somewhat more severe than the rest of the state. Generally temperatures during the winter months range from 15 to 40 degrees F. Ample snow accumulation provides for cross-country and downhill skiing opportunities. Spring brings blooming trees and shrubs to the forested regions of the state, as well as warmer temperatures. During this season, March through May, expect mild temperatures between 45 and 70 degrees F. Summers are normally hot with high humidity, especially at lower elevations. Expect temperatures to range from 70 at night to 95 during the dog days of August. Fall brings cool, crisp air to West Virginia and spectacular foliage color changes. Bring a light jacket for this season, which brings temperatures between 35, at night, to 70 degrees F, during the day.

Location - Located in the north-western section of the state, North Bend is easily accesssible from four-lane U.S. 50 which stretches across north central West Virginia from Parkersburg to Clarksburg. Driving east, take U.S. 50 to the junction of WV 31 (21 miles). Take WV31 to Cairo and follow signs to the park. Driving west, take WV 16 to Harrisville and follow signs to the park. Consult your highway map for further details.

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Contact Information:
North Bend State Park , Rt. 1 Box 221 , Cairo, WV, 26337, Phone: (304) 643-2931
, Email : nbpark@ruralnet.org

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