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Bike Through History in Parkersburg, WV

Family fun awaits in picturesque Parkersburg, West Virginia, where a network of trails beckon adventurers to explore the city’s outdoor treasures. From tranquil riverfront paths to wooded trails weaving through parks, Parkersburg offers a diverse array of options for hikers, bikers, and nature enthusiasts. One trail in particular will send its visitors on a captivating journey to the past.

72 Miles of Fun

Running from Parkersburg to Clarksburg, the North Bend Rail Trail boasts 72 miles to explore. Once an abandoned spur of the CSX system, and forming a segment of the illustrious 5,500-mile American Discovery Trail that traverses the U.S., this particular stretch has earned acclaim as one of the premier recreational trails in the Appalachian region. 

Renowned for its majestic mountain landscapes, the trail captivates adventurers with diverse vistas encompassing shaded tree canopies, rock cuts, and expansive farmland. Biking is a popular option for families, as it is a great way to see as much of the trail as possible, in a shorter period of time. 

Dazzling Views and Interesting Sites

Passing through 13 tunnels and crossing 36 bridges, there are plenty of fascinating historic sites along the trail. Discover the allure of the Old Stone House and the historic Stage Coach Inn at Pennsboro, a marble factory, and artisanal hand-blown glass factories. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of outlet stores, arts and craft markets, as well as the lively ambiance of fairs and festivals. Uncover tales of train robberies and the intriguing legends of tunnel ghosts. Moreover, the trail meanders through a myriad of state, county, and local parks, enhancing the exploration with natural beauty and recreational havens.

Conclude your journey through history by venturing into Parkersburg, where the exploration continues at esteemed locales such as the Oil & Gas Museum and along the enriching path of the Historic Mansion Trail

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