Harrison County Northern Rail Trail

West Virginia

Harrison County Northern Rail Trail Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Harrison
Length: 7 miles
Trail end points: N. 25th St. (North View, Clarksburg) and CR 19/33 (Spelter)
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Grass, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6031547
Trail activities: Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Harrison County Northern Rail Trail Description

The Harrison County Northern Rail Trail follows the West Fork River from North View in Clarksburg north, ending at a dead-end just south of the tiny communities of Spelter and Meadowbrook. Recently repaired, the trail offers a scenic, albeit rough, route through dense woodlands with periodic water views.

Harrison County and the newly-formed Harrison Rail Trails, Inc. are currently working on extending the trail north, south and west, with eventual plans calling for connections with the popular West Fork River Trail and North Bend Rail Trail, as well as the developing Harrison County Southern Rail Trail.

Parking and Trail Access

A trailhead with unmarked parking is available in Clarksburg's North View neighborhood at the trail's southern terminus on N. 25th Street. Two miles north, a second trailhead with unmarked parking can be found where the trail crosses Fall Run (off Glen Falls Road).

Harrison County Northern Rail Trail Reviews

Went there and walked half of trail. Good walking trail really no challenges though. But the views and area is nice and clean. Worse part was all the small dogs that live off the trail. I had my dog with me so it was constant barking and coming after us.

Went there today for the first time. Trail was nice and clean. Nice scenery and pleasant walking. We had our Great Dane with us and it is perfect for dogs. The only issues we had was all the sewer drains and the smell. And the houses that are next to the trail have dogs and they wouldn't leave us alone.

Glad to see this trail open again and can't wait to see it connected to others, but there is still a lot of work to be done. If you are looking for a somewhat challenging ride involving dodging or riding through waterholes this trail provides it, but if you are looking to ride at a consistent or fast pace, currently this trail is not suitable for that. I rode this course on opening day for Rail Trails in April and again on Aug 11, hoping to see some improvement, but the only noticeable change was the removal of a bridge that was replaced with a culvert and fill in that needs some more work. I was able to ride over the fill in, but it may be difficult for many riders. In summing up, the ride was OK for me, but I wasn't looking to get covered with soot and dirt on my ride and I wouldn't take my daughter from one end to the other, as I don't think it would be enjoyable for her. Looking forward to more improvements and more consistent surface.

Accordion

This trail has been down for quite a few years but has been reopened. There has been alot of work done recently and this trail is getting better and better. If you haven't been on it in a while it might be time to stop by and check it out. Thanks to all the people involved in cleaning it up for everyone to have the chance to enjoy it.

The trail has been cleared as of Jan 2016 of all contaniments by DEP.
Harrison Trail is being steadily improved.
Surface has been repaired, committee members are working daily to replace benches and repair drainage issues as well as remove brush.
I encourage a new visit to this trail and enjoy the scenic view of the river while you enjoy the trail.

Friday, December 11, 2009
Bike And Hike Trail Closed
WEST VIRGINIA .... Clarksburg
Harrison County officials have indefinitely closed the Northern Harrison County Bike and Hike Trail after lead and and other contaminants were discovered. Contamination levels haven't been determined, but a Maryland engineering firm that designed the trail will conduct further tests for the county. The entrance of the trail, which runs 7 miles between North View and Spelter, is located on a former glass plant site, and the state Department of Environmental Protection says contaminants found on the trail include lead and arsenic.

My wife and I had our first [and last] visit to this trail last week. It is by far the worst experience we have had on any trail listed on the TrailLink.com system. The introduction was iffy given the poor parking arrangement at the trailhead. The trail itself was in poor physical condition. It was eroded and overgrown in many places. Much of it is a black coal dust base and we were quite dirty when we finished. There were major puddles that we had to ride through. There were short sections with large stones as the base and we had to walk our bikes around them. We rode for at least 8 miles roundtrip and saw only two benches and each was unusable. There were no mile markers or maps. We saw no other bikers but did see two 4-wheelers and one car using the trail. The views were unattractive and the creek the trail followed was full of old tires and litter. The trail itself had no trash cans and there was plenty of litter to see.

We are relatively new weekend bikers and have been using the TrailLink.com website to identify trails within driving distance of our home in Morgantown. We have been excited by our trips to at least 6 sites between Cumberland and Ohiopyle and on the Mon River. I strongly urge the Harrison County Park system to discontinue the trail and its use of their name OR make an investment in a major upgrade.

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