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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 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.  

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27– Nature Programs

10:00am – Overlook Trail Hike – Take a hike to the overlook of the lake while learning about plants and wildlife.  Moderate terrain with a few shallow creek crossings.  We will meet at the trailhead, across from Cabin 1.  (1.5 hours, 1.2 miles) 

12:00pm – Creek Critters – Put on your water shoes and get wet!  Take a look at the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

3:00pm – Nature Center Open – 3:00pm – 5:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

Saturday, October 4th – Hughes River Watershed Celebration

9:30am – 3:30pm – Join the Friends of the Hughes Watershed Association in celebrating all things water!  This free, family – friendly event is open to anyone who has an interest in learning about preserving water quality and the natural world.  Interpretative hikes, educational presentations, aquatic sampling and testing, and wildlife exhibits are all part of this exciting day.  Lunch will be provided with several door prize drawings.  The festival will take place at the Jug Handle Day – Use Area of North Bend State Park, just below the dam.     

Saturday, October 11th – 10 Mile Hike

8:00am – Celebrate autumn and join us as we take a hike on the North Bend Rail Trail and enjoy the fall foliage of Ritchie County, WV.  Bring plenty of water and a lunch / snacks and dress for the weather.  We will meet at Shelter #3 in North Bend State Park and take shuttles into Pennsboro, hiking the trail back to the park.  There will be opportunities to see the historic Pennsboro Railroad Depot, the small town charm of Pennsboro and Ellenboro, natural springs, and several tunnels and bridges.  Hikers must register for van space by October 9th.  Shuttles will leave the park at 8:30am.

Saturday, October 11th – Ritchie County Car Club Fall Classic Car Show

9:00am – 3:00pm – There is no better setting for a day of fun, food, and beautiful cars than North Bend State Park.  Come out and join them for a great time and classic autos.  Registration starts at 9:00am and closes at 12:00pm.  Trophies for the top ten vehicles and the best of show will be awarded at 3:00pm. There will be t-shirts given out to the first 50 entries, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes.  The show will take place in the "Old Playground Area" of North Bend State Park (on your way to River Run campground from the Lodge).  For more information contact Dave – 304.869.3969, Larry – 304.659.3797, or Bill – 304.873.2676.  

Saturday, October 18th – Nature Programs

11:30am – Autumn Tree Hike – Join the park naturalist in an autumn tree hike.  Enjoy the fall foliage during peak leaf peeping season at North Bend State Park.  Identify native West Virginia trees located on the park enhanced by their fall color.  The trail is flat and easy to walk on, with a portion paved.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 mile, 1 hour) 

1:00pm – Nature Center Open – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

3:30pm – Creek Critters – Put on your water shoes and get wet!  Take a look at the small world of critters that inhabit our local creeks and streams.  We'll use nets to collect these tiny animals and view them up close.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour)

Sunday, October 19th – Nature Programs

9:30am – Nature Center Open – 9:30am – 11:30am – Come inside for a chance to meet some of our wildlife friends.  Take a look around and marvel at the mysteries of nature.

12:00pm – Euell Gibbons Trail Hike – A pioneer in the wild foods movement, Gibbons was a frequent visitor to North Bend.  Learn about some wild foods growing in the forests of North Bend and the teachings and history of Euell Gibbons.  Meet at River Run Campground.  (1 hour, 1 mile)

1:30pm – Venom and Poison Learn what not to touch in the woods.  Join the park naturalist in learning how to identify dangerous plants and animals.  We will talk about venomous animals and poisonous plants.  We will meet at the Nature Center.  (1 hour) 

Wednesday, October 22nd – Sunday, October 26th – Quilters Getaway

Enjoy the peaceful setting of North Bend State Park in the fall while spending time with friends and sharing ideas.  Spend a relaxing weekend working on projects and taking classes from master quilters.  Expert instruction and quilting classes will be featured in "Celebrations", a holiday table runner class and "Big Stitch Quilting", a class done with #8 pearl cotton thread to give your project an old fashioned look.  Registration is required for this event and lodge rooms are recommended.  Inquire at the North Bend State Park Lodge for fees and lodging availability.

Saturday, October 25th – Halloween Party

Celebrate Halloween at North Bend State Park with a family friendly Halloween movie (rated PG) and party.  The movie and party will be in Shelter #3 near the Amphitheatre and Access Trail to the North Bend Rail Trail.  We will have a costume contest at 6:00pm with the movie and refreshments starting at 6:30pm.  The party is free and open to the public.  All ages welcome!

All programs will start on time, and will not be canceled due to rain.  Lightning will cancel all activities.  Children under 6 must have an adult with them to participate.  Please bring proper attire to participate in programs. 

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