The Wheeling Heritage Trails are known locally as two trails: the Ohio River Trail and the Wheeling Creek Trail. The route is flat and paved, and beautiful signs along the way provide a self-guided tour of Wheeling's past.
The Ohio River Trail segment runs from Pike Island Locks and Dam in Clearview to 48th Street at Water Street in South Wheeling. The trail provides an urban escape and an opportunity to soak up local history and modern industry in this historical city. The route follows the eastern bank of the Ohio River, once the lifeblood of the city's manufacturing industry. Barges still go up and down the river, and with good timing and patience you can watch one progress through the series of locks. Take a break to rest on a bench and you will be rewarded with a splendid view of the river and wildlife.
The Wheeling Creek Trail segment begins in downtown Wheeling at Heritage Port and heads east to Elm Grove. Along the way you'll cross the Hempfield Viaduct high above Wheeling Creek and pass through Hempfield Tunnel. This segment of the Wheeling Heritage Trails is less urban and meanders along a wooded corridor.
Parking and Trail Access
To get to the starting point from downtown Wheeling, travel north on River Road and look for Pike Island Locks and Dam on the left. The parking lot is in front of the dam. The endpoint is located at the intersection of 48th Street and Water Street in downtown Wheeling.