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Programs and Activities

Interpretative activities are scheduled daily from Memorial – Labor Day weekend at North Bend State Park. Naturalist and programmer Ken Zebo invites groups to contact him at Kenneth.t.zebo@wv.gov to schedule special hikes or programs in fall, winter and early spring. North Bend has many special events and weekend events and these are posted on the Events/Deals tab.  

FAMILY TRAILS WEEKEND

(tentative activities schedule as posted March 4, 2014)

Friday, June 6
11:00am – Scavenger Hunt – Become a nature super sleuth as you hunt for items in this nature friendly scavenger hunt.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

1:00pm – Plant Pounding – Find your perfect plant and preserve it on cloth.  You can make a wall hanging or frame your creation.  Materials provided.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

2:00pm – 4:00pm – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

5:00pm – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain.  Meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1. 
1.5 hours, 1.2 miles

6:30pm – Corn-hole – Challenge your friends or the park staff to an exciting game of corn-hole.  We will have a tournament if participation allows.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

8:30pm – Luminary Hike – Experience the trail lit by beautiful luminaries as you hike to Tunnel 13.  Local lore and history will be shared along the way to the tunnel on the North Bend Rail Trail.  Sponsored by North Bend Rail Trail Foundation.  Meet at Shelter 3. 
1 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles

8:30pm – Luminary Hike – Experience the trail lit by beautiful luminaries as you hike to Tunnel 13.  Local lore and history will be shared along the way to the tunnel on the North Bend Rail Trail.  Sponsored by North Bend Rail Trail Foundation.  Meet at Shelter 3. 
1 – 1.5 hours, 1.5 miles

Saturday, June 7
Intro to Adventure – Mountain Biking and Kayak Clinic – This two day, four class clinic starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday, offering beginner to intermediate lessons for mountain biking and kayaking.  A fee is associated with this clinic and reservations are recommended.  Call North Bend for fees and availability.

TBA – Kayak Demos – Saturday morning, join North Bend Outfitters and paddle out on North Bend Lake.  Demonstrations will be available for several sizes and types of boats.  Meet at the Boat Ramp at Cokeley Recreation Area.

TBA – Entertainment – Saturdays on the Square, a local community organization from Cairo, WV will be offering entertainment in celebration of National Trails Day.

9:00am – Bird Walk – Join the park naturalist and take a closer look at the world of birds.  Binoculars and field guides are recommended but not required.  Meet at the Lodge.  1 hour

10:00am – 5:00pm – Cairo Bank Building Open – Ken Adams, North Bend Rail Trail Foundation, will be giving tours of the historic Cairo Bank Building.  He will be showcasing original office equipment and other artifacts from the bank's past.

10:30am – Mini Hike and History Hunt – Hike in and around Cairo, WV and learn about this historic town with a history hunt.  The 72 mile North Bend Rail Trail runs through the center of Cairo, WV.  Sponsored by Country Trails Bikes, Cairo, WV.  Meet at Country Trails Bikes in Cairo.  1.5 hours.

11:00am – 1:00pm – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

1:30pm – Tunnel 13 Hike – Experience the great outdoors with a spice of history mixed in. The trail is flat and easy to walk on, following the old railroad line.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour, 1.5 miles

4:00pm – GPS and Geocaching –Learn the basics on how to use your GPS device for the newest way to treasure hunt, geocaching.  Feel free to bring your GPS device with you as we search for some of North Bend State Park's hidden caches.  Basic instruction and information is best for geocachers 12 and above.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1.5 hours

7:00pm – Fishing Derby – Bring your own poles and we'll supply the bait.  Certificates will be given to lucky anglers.  Meet at the River Run Campground check in station.  1 hour

9:00pm – Night Hike – See what comes alive at night.  Join the park naturalist in using all your senses to experience the nocturnal world.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 – 1.5 hours, 1 mile

Sunday, June 8
9:30am – 11:30am – Nature Center Open – Come inside to enjoy arts and crafts and a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

12:00pm – Venom and Poison – Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  Meet at the Nature Center.  1 hour

Intro to Adventure – Mountain Biking and Kayak Clinic – This two day, four class clinic starts on Saturday and runs through Sunday, offering beginner to intermediate lessons for mountain biking and kayaking.  A fee is associated with this clinic and reservations are recommended.  Call North Bend for fees and availability.

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304-643-2931

Please contact the North Bend State Park Lodge for more information on any of these activities. Family Trails Day is June 6-8.

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