Route: North Bend Rail Trail

Submitted by Michelle_Cross_Frase on Thu, 05/04/2023 - 01:49pm
Location
West Virginia, US
Distance
70.9 mi
Vertical Gain
3,054 ft
Description

The North Bend Rail Trail (NBRT) follows the corridor built through the rugged Allegheny Plateau for the Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad between 1853 and 1857. After railway operations ceased, work on the rail trail was started in the 1990s and today it serves as the second longest rail trail in West Virginia. Ten of the 13 original tunnels are still passable and remain part of the trail. In addition to the stone-block tunnels, there are 36 bridges and trestles on the trail. Many of the historic B&O train depots remain along the course of the trail, which weaves through small towns and rugged countryside between mile marker 0 near Parkersburg, WV (Eastern Terminus) and mile 70.9 near Clarksburg (Western Terminus).

The NBRT is part of the West Virginia State Park system. It is also a large part of the American Discovery Trail route through West Virginia. More information can be found at https://wvstateparks.com/park/north-bend-rail-trail/

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I will be making an attempt beginning tonight (2/29/2024) and running through the night.  I plan to run from east (Wolf Summit/Clarksburg terminus) to west (Happy Valley/Parkersburg terminus).