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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Hiking WV: North Bend State Park

Every other place I’ve been, a trail named “Nature Trail” is about a quarter of a mile long, extremely flat (if not paved) and frequently has interpretive signs.

This was not your average nature trail.

Location: North Bend State Park
Trail: Nature Trail
Distance: 4.3 miles
Elevation: 708-1183 feet (875 feet total ascent)
Temperature: 79-85 F

I’m not saying this was anything like last week’s trail with a 24% grade. Just that this was a 4 mile trail that had significant elevation gain (although with switchbacks, not straight up!). This trail went through the entire park, which means that most of it was quiet and peaceful, except for the bits that went through the campground, near the swimming pool, and along the picnic area. Those parts were loud and populated. But for a loop it was an easy price to pay.

At the top of the trail, we saw the remains of a very old fence.

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These original state park trail signs are getting rarer. I particularly like the descriptiveness of this one.

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Found an old cemetery.

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Very old, since these were the only grave markers we could find.

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We also took a brief stroll on the North Bend Rail trail.

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These little spaces were built every few feet into the tunnel. For someone to escape into if they were caught in a tunnel when the train came through.

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4 Responses to “Hiking WV: North Bend State Park”

  1. H J Gadiyar Says:

    Thanks for the nice narration of the trail and your “finds”.
    The pictures are very nice, too.

  2. Michelle Says:

    The view wasn’t especially photogenic, but there were plenty of interesting things I saw that weren’t from an “overlook”.

    :)

  3. Chris H Says:

    Ah, yes – so I see where I can comment! Liked this a lot and we may have to go there again. I think it has been a while since we were there (as in we had minor kids).

  4. Michelle Says:

    There wasn’t a lot of hiking at North Bend, but there were lots of things to do. And the rail trail would be good for inexperienced bikers, since it’s relatively flat. :)

    Michael *almost* convinced me that we should continue on to Parkersburg to Holls Chocolates. I was very tempted.

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