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Elk River Trail

1.5 mi
State: WV
Gravel

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

8.5 mi
State: OH
Crushed Stone

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

20.3 mi
State: OH
Asphalt

Little Kanawha Connector Trail

1.5 mi
State: WV
Asphalt
Accordion

Moonville Rail Trail

8.4 mi
State: OH
Ballast

North Bend Rail Trail

72 mi
State: WV
Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Wellston Bike Path

1.78 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Kanawha County’s Elk River Trail provides access to Coonskin Park, a large park originally built by local residents in the 1950s and now managed by the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. The ...
WV 1.5 mi Gravel
The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...
OH 8.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway traces a beautiful, twisting 20-mile course from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. The rail-trail draws its name from the ancient Adena Indians who lived in this ...
OH 20.3 mi Asphalt
From Friends of the Kanawha Trestle Trail website: The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi-use non-motorized trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol. ...
WV 6 mi
The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated ...
WV 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Moonville Rail Trail is a 16-mile trail that utilizes the former Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad that began service in the 1850s. This railroad provided only industrial service, never carrying passengers ...
OH 8.4 mi Ballast
The North Bend Rail Trail offers a scenic experience with splendid railroad elements and welcoming trail towns to be enjoyed. Stretching nearly 72 miles from Interstate 77 near Parkersburg (Cedar Grove) ...
WV 72 mi Ballast, Cinder, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Accordion
The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...
OH 1.78 mi Asphalt

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Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

OH - 20.3 miles

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway traces a beautiful, twisting 20-mile course from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. The rail-trail draws its name from the ancient Adena Indians who lived in this ...

Little Kanawha Connector Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Accordion

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Elk River Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

Kanawha County’s Elk River Trail provides access to Coonskin Park, a large park originally built by local residents in the 1950s and now managed by the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. The ...

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

OH - 20.3 miles

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway traces a beautiful, twisting 20-mile course from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. The rail-trail draws its name from the ancient Adena Indians who lived in this ...

Little Kanawha Connector Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated ...

Accordion

Little Kanawha Connector Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated ...

Moonville Rail Trail

OH - 8.4 miles

The Moonville Rail Trail is a 16-mile trail that utilizes the former Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad that began service in the 1850s. This railroad provided only industrial service, never carrying passengers ...

North Bend Rail Trail

WV - 72 miles

The North Bend Rail Trail offers a scenic experience with splendid railroad elements and welcoming trail towns to be enjoyed. Stretching nearly 72 miles from Interstate 77 near Parkersburg (Cedar Grove) ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Elk River Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

Kanawha County’s Elk River Trail provides access to Coonskin Park, a large park originally built by local residents in the 1950s and now managed by the Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission. The ...

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

OH - 8.5 miles

The Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail follows an old railroad right-of-way between Bidwell and Gallipolis, at the Ohio River. Though are plans to develop a total of 28 miles (to include Vinton County and ...

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

OH - 20.3 miles

The Hockhocking Adena Bikeway traces a beautiful, twisting 20-mile course from Athens to Nelsonville along the Hocking River. The rail-trail draws its name from the ancient Adena Indians who lived in this ...

Kanawha Trestle Rail-Trail

WV - 6 miles

From Friends of the Kanawha Trestle Trail website: The Kanawha Trestle Trail is being developed as a multi-use non-motorized trail system to connect the Mound in South Charleston to the State Capitol. ...

Accordion

Little Kanawha Connector Trail

WV - 1.5 miles

The Little Kanawha Connector Trail stretches west to east across Parkersburg, a city located at the confluence of the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers in West Virginia. The trail is a combination of separated ...

Moonville Rail Trail

OH - 8.4 miles

The Moonville Rail Trail is a 16-mile trail that utilizes the former Marietta and Cincinnati Railroad that began service in the 1850s. This railroad provided only industrial service, never carrying passengers ...

North Bend Rail Trail

WV - 72 miles

The North Bend Rail Trail offers a scenic experience with splendid railroad elements and welcoming trail towns to be enjoyed. Stretching nearly 72 miles from Interstate 77 near Parkersburg (Cedar Grove) ...

Wellston Bike Path

OH - 1.78 miles

The Wellston Bike Path is just under 2 miles, but when combined with the path around Lake Alma, you can make it a 5-mile round-trip. North of town, the path parallels State Route 349, making for a pleasant ...

Recent Trail Reviews

Elk River Trail

A nice fall walk

November, 2016 by billbrockman

We walked it, but consider it suitable for a good bike. I see now where it could serve as an emergency exit from the residential street at one end, as another review mentioned.

It was a really nice scenic walk on a nice fall day.

North Bend Rail Trail

Central Station Tunnel #6 2297 ft long

October, 2016 by tracy11

Today 10/11/16 traveled thirteen miles on Rt 50 from Ellenboro, WV toward Clarksburg, WV to Central Station Exit. Then went about two miles to Tunnel road on right. Went about half mile to trail entrance on right. From trail entrance to tunnel #6 was about three to four hundred yards. Trail was muddy in places due to recent rail. Inside tunnel was smooth. Lights are needed to go through the tunnel. The tunnel is straight and you can see light at the end. Tunnel road is now being used by fracking companies and there are flaggers to go through. It probably would be better to wait till they are done but I had driven for 45 min to get there and they were very helpful in letting me pass. Nice tunnel to see.

Hockhocking Adena Bikeway

Long ride in the woods

July, 2016 by xboballen

Started in Athens behind Aarons. In a few places trail could be better marked, but managed to get out of town. Trail is mostly through deep woods so is nicely shaded, although also means trail is littered in places with twigs and leaves. Nice to be able to ride 20 miles (each way) with no major road crossings. Bicycle pump station at about mile 7; otherwise not a lot to see until you get to Hocking College and Nelsonville.

Accordion

North Bend Rail Trail

Meh...

July, 2016 by ccdirtdawg

I'm spoiled maybe. My home trails are the New River & Virginia Creeper. The North Bend seemed totally gosh forsaken to me. We arrived at the east side early on a Sunday evening, hoping to take advantage of one of the many listed primitive camp sites for the night in order to get an early morning start. We found nothing and went back to Bridgeport for a motel room.

The next day we rode from Pennsboro to Ellenboro and back. Pennsboro is a cute old town with a restaurant and shops to look at. That was pretty much the end of neat things to see and look at. The trail is overgrown. If you want to have a seat on one of the poorly located and sparsely placed benches along the trail, expect to be joined by a foot+ of grass and blistering sun.

The trail itself is very rugged. It could be a nice trail, just doesn't seem that anyone cares to make it so. Two single track lines for coming and going, sometimes just one good one. The tunnel on the way west from Pennsboro seems to have a spring on the west side exit, making a significant pool across that opening and running all the way down one side of the tunnel. At least the water in the pool on the way out was clear and didn't muddy us up when we exited and entered. There are a culvert and a wash out area just west of the tunnel. Those were pretty dicey. I hit a pile of rocks in the wash out area on the return trip and fell. My partner didn't make it across the rutty culvert and careened into the brush.

The gates at crossings made me wonder if the state of WV really wants people to use the trail? They block the entire entrance. If there were large openings to the side, boulders were put down to limit the egress to ~1.5' or 2'. It was very unnerving to me as an above knee amputee struggling to regain my balance on a bicycle. As a former touring cyclist, I had difficulty imagining how a bicycler with a full set of panniers would make it thru without dismounting.

I was excited to reach Ellenboro to see the glass and marble facories mentioned in the description. Ellenboro is all about the drilling boom rather than itemms of interest to trail riders. In fairness, I did see a sign that mentioned marble a few blocks away from the trail. A building just above the trail said "glass outlet", but it looked empty and abandoned. We rode a bit further to make sure this was truly the Ellenboro described, which brought us to the Rt 50 overpass. Aaargh!!! You bottom out in some sandy mess, killing all momentum to get over the rocky climb. Same way both sides. Whoever dreamed that up clearly hates and wishes to sabotage bicycling tourists.

On a positive note, anyone who did wish to ride the full trail r/t would have no trouble setting a simple camp site for the night on the eastern end. Nobody to notice, nobody to care.

North Bend Rail Trail

Trail needs work

June, 2016 by enlowe12

Just road this trail from Happy Valley (Parkersburg) to Salem and back as part of a four-day group event. There were definite pros and cons. The tunnels are amazing, including a “raw” tunnel blasted straight out of the rock with no finishing of the walls. We traveled through 10 tunnels each way, some very long and requiring headlamps. The towns of Cairo and Pennsboro were interesting and very welcoming. There’s lots of history to explore in both. There were several small road crossings, but the trail is quiet and away from traffic. And North Bend State Park is a great facility. No reports of problems with dogs, but lots of free-range chickens. The trail is basically flat, with a slight grade going east to west (Salem to Parkersburg).

On the negative side, the condition of the trail is bad. From Parkersburg to North Bend Park (mile 29) the trail is ok: packed gravel with, usually, at least one tire track to ride in. It does get a little bumpy, grassy in some parts and muddy. However, east of North Bend Park to Salem, the trail gets much worse. Often overgrown, packed grass to ride in and sink into, with long muddy patches many of us couldn’t ride through. Repaired sections and road crossings had large (industrial size) gravel and had to be walked. In one tunnel with water problems repairs were made with such large stones it was almost unwalkable.

Be aware there are no water stops, toilet stops, or signage about interesting parts of the trail. I doubt I will do this trail again, unless I hear of significant improvements to its condition.

North Bend Rail Trail

Happy Valley to Ellenboro

June, 2016 by steve plattner

I parked at Happy Valley Saturday, June 18th and rode to Ellenboro, then back to North Bend State Park where I stayed overnight. Then back to Happy Valley the next morning. I really liked the trail. I have ridden on the Little Miami in OH (paved), the Elroy-Sparta and 400 Trails in WI (crushed limestone), and the entire Katy in Missouri (crush limestone). Compared to these trails, the NB is more primitive, remote, and in somewhat rougher condition, though with wide tires, it's fine. The area on the west end of the supposedly haunted tunnel--Silver Run--was being repaired and after lots of rain, was very rough for about 1/2 a mile, though I was able to stay on my bike and get through it. I would recommend walking your bike in this area unless you have really great wide tires as there are splintered pieces of very sharp shale in the construction zone--came across someone who blew a tube and was walking back some distance to Cairo.

I liked the quiet, lack of adjoining streets and highways when you get beyond the outskirts of Parkersburg, and tunnels are relatively short and a real treat as well. I would recommend the campground at NBSP or the lodge where I stayed--room 208--huge and really nice. The stretch between NBSP and Ellenboro was perhaps the prettiest I saw--the cut through the stone in the that area resembles a beautiful little gorge in places.

Last but not least, a group of 130 riders from the RtoC Conservancy embarked on a multi-day ride from Parkersburg on June 19th, and I came across them between Petroleum and Walker. The first few people I passed were fine, but the trail in that area is pretty much limited to two parallel bands of crushed limestone. A few dozen riders were in the same band (wrong side of the trail) and came right up to me without looking up until the last second and seemed to expect me to veer off to the side to avoid a collision. Would highly recommend schooling groups to be more aware of people come toward them and stay on the right side of the trail. Otherwise, it was good to see them out there having a good time and getting to know the trail.

I recommend it highly and hope to do the eastern half in the fall.

Moonville Rail Trail

Needs work

June, 2016 by 21mf1978

Would be a great trail if it's ever upgraded like the Hockhocking Adena Trail! Also, the rail line did in fact host the Amtrak Shenandoah until 1981, the line was formally abandoned in 1987 and the tracks were removed in 1988.

North Bend Rail Trail

East End

June, 2016 by george.dasher

I rode the eastern end of this trail last week, from Wolf Summit to middle-of-nowhere-somewhere west of Salem. It was a little rough in a few places and somewhat grassy, but it was a good ride. A dog nipped me in Salam, but did no damage--as it attacked my bike shoe. The one tunnel I went through contained a fair amount of water.

North Bend Rail Trail

A mixed bag; not for the timid

May, 2016 by drexhart

I've been riding this trail since 1999 in various sections, and I've never had a problem with mean people or dogs as some folks have experienced.
I'm about to head out on it again after staying away for a couple years due to distaste for the fracking activity near Smithburg.

You need a fat tire bike!

I live on the paved Hockhocking Adena Bikeway in Athens, Ohio, which is lovely but rather highly used. Which is why I appreciate the unpaved North Bend Trail, it has a lot more solitude.

If you like solitude, stay west of Ellenboro, and be prepared with water,food and bike maintenance kit, as well as a decent light to traverse tunnels.

If being deep in the woods scares you, head east from Ellenboro, as this part of the trail never strays far from US 50 (and its associated road noise). With a decent sense of direction, it is never too far to the highway if you need help and can't get a phone signal.

Gallia County Hike & Bike Trail

Nice trail but only 4.1 miles long

May, 2016 by hart3man

May 2016 - Wanted to give this trail a try because it is fairly close to home. Was disappointed in the fact it is only 4.1 miles long starting at the Hastings Park. The trail is paved and recently had the edges mowed. You do cross several busy roads so I wouldn't recommend for families with small kids. We rode to the end at Holzer Hospital and turned around and rode back to town, was able to get 13 miles in fairly easy. I would give it a 3.5-4 stars

North Bend Rail Trail

first ride this season

April, 2016 by kgwv86

just finished my first ride this season. 10 miles round trip from Ellenboro to North Bend. trail is in good condition. I appreciate the multiple rest stops with picnic tables. can't wait to explore more!

North Bend Rail Trail

Cairo, WV to Tunnel # 19 4/18/2016

April, 2016 by tracy11

Road this trail today. The trail was dry and in some places soft but not too soft. The ride from Cairo Bike Store to the tunnel was three miles. The tunnel is 1376 feet long and you will need a light it was mostly dry except at the entrance and exit had some water. Did not see any ghosts even though some say this tunnel is haunted. The ride back to Cairo was better since it is a down grade ride. Total time on trail with stopping, looking and eating about an hour and a half.

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