Harrison South Rail Trail

West Virginia

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Harrison South Rail Trail Facts

States: West Virginia
Counties: Harrison
Length: 10.1 miles
Trail end points: 103 Camden St. (Clarksburg) and South of Short St. (Lost Creek)
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone, Grass
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6650156

Harrison South Rail Trail Description

The Harrison South Rail Trail extends 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 was built on a railbanked CSX corridor that parallels Browns Creek and County Road 25.

Running for over 10 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 past South St.

A short section along the middle of the route, in between Mt. Clare and Lost Creek, has a rougher surface composed of gravel and grass, more suited to mountain bikes than road bikes, although it is still passable.

The northern end of the trail, Clarksburg is 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 terminate and, although they do not connect directly, replicate the traffic brought by the railroads in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available at Veteran's Memorial Park in Clarksburg (1 Clarksburg Park Way). There is also parking at the southern end of this trail in Lost Creek along Lost Creek Rd.

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Harrison South Rail Trail Reviews

2023 Review

The Harrison South has had a bunch of improvements over the last several years. Mile markers (Mile 1 is near the VA Park, Mile 11 is near the Lost Creek Trailhead). The trail is much wider closer to the VA Park. A new shelter was just built near the VA Park Trailhead. Closer to Lost Creek, the trail is very grassy and is often single track. A bridge is out between mile 4 and 5 as of October 2023.

Bike Ride on Harrison South-June 2023

I was pleasantly surprised by all of the progress on the Harrison South Trail! I parked at the Camden Avenue Trailhead in Clarksburg. There is enough parking for 3-4 vehicles. I rode south a little over 3 miles from the Clarksburg VA Park. More trail is open than there was in 2020. I look forward to exploring the rest of the trail! Harrison County need to keep investing in its Rail Trails! It is paying off!


I really loved running on this well marked trail. There were many people along the way they smiled and waved very peaceful ran through words at times. I will be back. There’s also really good parking areas all around it.

Great Trail!

This is such a great trail! Close to home, shaded,nice scenery and excellent trail condition. Only rode 2 miles, just started riding again and it was late, but plan on going back soon and doing a picnic ride. :)


Lost Creek to Mt Clair Fire House

Stay within lost creek and fire house and you will enjoy your walk. Between firehouse and Cemetery is pretty bad, barriers removed that would end your day on a bike if you caught one. They protrude about 5" up. Lots and lots of used tires and trash past firehouse also.

Needs some TLC

Trail is ok on its southern end. The trail is narrow in places but pleasant. However, as you travel north through Mt. Clare towards Clarksburg, the vibe changes. Trail is wider, but that's because it's used by 4-wheelers. Lots of trash in creek and collapsing buildings, and holes in bridge surfaces. Unpleasant and needs help!

Harrison County Southern Rail Trail

This is a very nice trail, as far as it goes. I started in Lost Creek and rode north, over a long hill. Once on the other side and about a mile north of I-79, the trail just turns to crap. Lots of trash, I rode on a potholed dirt road, and the bridges are just railroad ties. The neighborhoods there are not nice (although not unfriendly), and there was A LOT of off-road motorcycle and ATV traffic. I finally had to quit riding north as the trail just turned to mud--impassible even for a mountain bike.

All in all, the southern five miles or so was very nice. The northern five miles needs a lot of work and a least a temporary police presence.

I stopped and talked to two locals. It is interesting that I was riding on an old freight B&O rail line, while across the creek was an old trolley line that ran between Clarksburg and Weston ages ago. Bet that was a pretty ride in a open car.

The downhill ride back into Lost Creek was very nice. Top rings all the way.


Stay close to Lost Creek

The trail is pretty and pleasant through Lost Creek. However, beyond the I-79 underpass, it gets progressively more inhospitable. Many barriers preventing four wheelers have been removed leaving dangerous metal "stumps" in the ground that are hidden by weeds.

It is not remotely safe to enter the Mt. Clare section of the trail. It has been taken over by four-wheelers and the many small bridges have not yet been converted to rail-trail quality. Definitely not safe for biking.

From a hospitality standpoint, The Mt. Clare section was like being isolated in a Deliverance scene with large barking dogs, decaying properties, unsavory characters, and unsafe trail conditions. There were no signs indicating the underdeveloped section of trail.

I was forced to turn back by two pickup trucks blocking the path and was followed and watched by two other pick-up trucks. A large dog barking was tied up right at trails edge, and fireworks set off, I felt to intentionally scare me. This was on Monday morning July 27th, 2015.

If the problem area of this trail could be properly developed and protected, it could be a wonderful asset to Clarksburg, and the communities along the trail. However, I can see where right-of-way enforcement in the Mt. Clare section could be a problem.

Needs a little tlc

My son and I are new to Mtn biking and this was our second trail. For the most part the trail was nice ,but the grass needs cut and bridges need fixed. There were a few small muddy areas still able to go around but a bridge had a big whole in it where we had to carry our bikes across,. With that being said we still enjoyed the ride. I wish it went farther.

Trail Needs TLC

We rode part of this trail today and saw that there is good potential here, but that the trail is in poor shape and in need of some TLC. The surface probably hasn't been touched since it was initially laid down. Coming north out of Lost Creek it is only 1' wide in many parts and some of it is rutted. It is not a trail for road tires at all. There is a good 3% up grade for 2 mi. out of town and then it begins a down grade. We didn't bike too far because of the heat and humidity. The houses along the section we rode are nice and new, but there isn't much else in the way of scenery, so I rated it a 2-4 out of 10. The lady in the General Store was nice enough to give us some ice for our water bottles and ice cream after our ride was a welcome relief. This stop on the old B&O RR was the largest cattle loading stop in WV in the early 1900s, according to an historical marker by the old depot.

Good local trail

Lovely local trail passing through well-kept backyards, fields, and woods. The trail parallels County Route 56 with some of it running directly next to the road. While the crushed-stone trail is easily rideable with a road bike, cyclists looking to make better time might prefer the asphault road. The trail, however, is shadier, more gradual, and often offers different views so it is well worth taking.

The improved trail stops at Mount Clare, but since there is little traffic on the road, I found that the road and trail together make a nice roundtrip from Clarksburg's Veterans' Park to Lost Creek. It will be great when the railroad right-of-way becomes an improved trail all the way to Clarksburg and beyond.

The Lost Creek trailhead is right off I-79 and features a nice gravel lot and the general store right next to the trail on Main Street in Lost Creek is a good place for snacks or lunch.

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