The North Bend Rail Trail is a multi-use recreational trail operated by West Virginia
State Parks. Formerly an abandoned spur of the CSX system, the trail is part of the 5,500 mile coast-to-coast American Discovery Trail. Stretching 72 miles from I-77 near Parkersburg
in Wood County
to Wolf Summit in Harrison County
, this scenic trail passes through 13 tunnels and crosses 36 bridges. Easily accessible from north/south Interstates 77 and 79, the trail nearly parallels US Route 50 east and west.
The trail passes through wild and natural areas, farmland and a variety of small rural communitiies that grew up along its length. The many points of interest and history include the Old Stone House and the former Stage Coach Inn at Pennsboro
, a marble factory, hand-blown glass factories, outlet stores, arts and craft markets, fairs and festivals, sites of trail robberies and legends of tunnel ghosts. The trail also passes numerous state, county and local parks.