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North Bend State Park Trail Descriptions

Mileage is round trip except on loop trails.

Access Trail

Distance: 1.2 miles. Blaze: blue square
This road bed provides access of hikers, bikers and horseback riders to the North Bend Rail Trail. The Access Trail begins in the recreation area near Shelter #3 and ends at NBRT.  North Bend Rail Trail is 72 miles long with North Bend State Park situation at the half-way point.  This trail features 12 tunnels and 32 bridges.  Parking is available.

Castle Rock Spur

Distance:  .3 mile. Blaze: blue square
This short spur is located to the left of dam off  Lake Trail.  The spur features a large rock formation known as the Castle Rock.  A moderate uphill grade with rocky surface and good sight lines.

Extra Mile Trail

Distance: .6 mile         
A self-guided paved interpretive trail for the disabled. From this trail you may access the Overhanging Rock Trail and the Access Trail.

Fisherman Trail

Distance 1.3 miles.  Blaze Orange
This can be used to access fishing along the lake shore. The trail begins by the Cokeley boat dock and runs along the Lake shore to Jughandle day use area.  Moderate grade with rough tread and good sight lines.

Giant Pine Trail

Distance:   .6-mile loop. Blaze; yellow
This loop trail begins and ends across from the lodge.  This is beautiful hike through a white pine thicket for a refreshing hike looking for birds, deer and other wildlife.  Moderate grades, smooth tread and changing sight lines.

Giant Tree Trail

Distance:  .5 mile. Blaze: yellow
This short, flat trail inks the picnic area with the playground area.  Large oak, beech and poplar trees may be seen on the trail.  Moderate grades, smooth tread and good sight lines.

Gibbons Nature Trail

Distance: 1 mile. Blaze yellow
A short loop trail dedicated to the late Euell Gibbons who was featured at early Nature Wonder (Wildfoods) weekends. The trail can be accesses by the pond and near the swimming pool parking lot. Gentle grade with rough tread and good sight lines.

Hibbs Cemetery Trail

Distance: 1 mile. Blaze: blue square
This trail that begins in the pond area, follows the ridge to the Hibb's Family Cemetery and ends behind the lodge.  Constant grade with changing tread and good sight lines.

Lake Trail

Distance: 6 miles. Blaze: azure square
This trail was made possible by a grant from the WV Division of Highway to the Shilo Saddle Club.  The Lake Trail can be accessed from the Overlook Trail, Jughandle Day Use Area and the parking ;ot at the Cokeley Recreation Area.   This trail winds through the woods above the lake with changing grades. When completed, this trail will circle the lake.

Nature Trail

Distance: 4.5-mile loop. Blaze: orange square
This loop trail circles part of North Bend and its facilities and is one of the longest trails on the park.  The trail begins and ends near the pond area.  Hike through a variety of habitats and view expansive pond area.  Hike through a variety of habitats and view expansive fern beds, fungi, and rocky outcrops. If you use Tanker Run Spur to access the Nature Trail, the length would be 5.5 miles. Moderate to strenuous grades along with changing tread conditions and sight lines.

Overhanging Rock Trail

Distance: .5-mile loop.  Blaze: white square
This trail begins at the entrance to the recreation area and ends at the Extra Mile Trail.  Trail features large rock formation in a cool ravine.  Moderate to strenuous grades.

Southern Railroad Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles. Blaze: purple
This trail follows the old Harrisville Southern Railroad Grade that previously went from Cornwallis to Harrisville and now connects River Run Campground to the base of the dame.  In the spring, abundant wildflowers may be found along this trail.

Tanker Run Spur

Distance: .5 mile one way. Blaze: purple square
Designed by mountain bikers this trail provides a more rideable way out of the nature trail loop. The grades change from moderate to flat the tread is smooth single track and sight lines are good.

Ten Acre Trail

Distance: 3 miles. Blaze: azure square
This trail was designed by mountain bikers to be ridden in a counter clockwise direction one big climb and one decent.

Southern Railroad Trail

Distance: 1.5 miles. Blaze: purple
This trail follows the old Harrisville Southern Railroad Grade that previously went from Cornwallis to Harrisville and now connects River Run Campground to the base of the dame.  In the spring, abundant wildflowers may be found on this trail.

Union Ridge Connector Trail

Distance  .2 miles.  Blaze Yellow
This is an old roadbed connects cabin area to the lake trail. Moderate grade.

Water Edge Trail

Distance 1.6 miles.  Blaze: Yellow
This trail connects Cokeley boat ramp to third run canoe launch.  The trail follows the lake below Cokeley campground.  Moderate grade with rough tread and good sight lines.

Items of Note

Trail ratings provided are for an average person.  They may not fit your exact requirements or abilities. Descriptions serve as guides only.

Hike with a friend, relative or join a planned hike provided by the park.  It's more fun participating in a planned hike and safer than hiking alone. Always let someone know where you plant to go. Feel free to stop at the front desk to leave your hiking plans with us.

Natural areas may possess hazards not normally encountered.  You are responsible for you family's safety.  Please make your visit safe and enjoyable by following posted rules and regulations. Park in designated areas and obey all speed limits.  Please stay on designated trails.

Note to All Equestrians

All trails are closed to equestrian use from November 1 – March 31.

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