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When complete, the Harrison South Rail Trail will extend south from Veteran's Memorial Park and the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg to the rural community of Lost Creek. The trail, roughly half of which is currently open between Lost Creek and Mount Clare, was built on a railbanked CSX corridor that parallels Browns Creek and County Road 25.
Running for nearly 6 miles, the trail passes farmland set against the backdrop of the rolling hills that make this part of West Virginia exceptionally beautiful. Several restored trestles along the way cross the snaking course of Browns Creek, which is never far out of sight. In Lost Creek, the trail ends just before a closed trestle over the creek of the same name (just beyond the Lost Creek Community Building), where a sign warns users that their route has ended.
The trail has a rougher surface more suited to mountain bikes than road bikes, but a planned upgrade should soon remediate some drainage issues and add improved signage and lighting. The trail will ultimately be extended north into Clarksburg via a restored railroad tunnel near the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. (Note that much of this section between Mount Clare and Clarksburg is technically open but unimproved and only passable with hiking boots.)
Someday it is hoped that Clarksburg will be a destination hub of rail-trails, where the Harrison South Rail Trail, North Bend Rail Trail and West Fork River Trail (via the Harrison North Rail Trail) all meet, replicating the traffic brought by the railroads in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
To reach the Lost Creek trailhead by car from points north, take Interstate 79 to Exit 110. Travel 0.9 mile south on CR 25 and cross the intersection with State Route 270. Trailhead parking is 0.2 mile on the left.
To reach the Mount Clare trailhead by bike or car from Clarksburg's Veteran's Memorial Park, turn left out of the park on SR 98 and then right on Lost Creek Road (CR 25). Follow the road 3.8 miles to Alpha Hill Road, and turn right. The trailhead is on the left.
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