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Motorcoach/Tours

North Bend State Park can accommodate motorcoach and bus tours. We encourage tour operators to call and discuss roads, turning points and parking as our park roads are rural in nature, perfect for getting away, but perhaps more narrow than buses may be accustom. 

The the limited lodge size is perfect for overnight accommodations.  The restaurant excels in group menu planning.

Bus Tour Information – Overnight Packages

Groups are welcome to book rooms and have activities arranged at North Bend State Park.  These packages incorporate overnight at North Bend State Park and two meals and an excursion to another state park for the day.  History is alive and welcomes your visit.


THE VOYAGE PACKAGE

This package includes:
Night Lodging at North Bend State Park
Sternwheeler Ride on the Island Belle to and from Blennerhassett Island
Tickets for horse drawn wagon ride on the Island
Tickets for Blennerhassett Mansion Tour
Tickets for admission to Blennerhassett Regional History Museum
Dinner Buffet with single entree
Country Breakfast Buffet
Baggage Handling
Welcome Snack

Motorcoach/Tour price for Voyage Package
$200 double occupancy, per two individuals
Includes all taxes and gratuities 


Miscellaneous Information:

  • Minimum of 20 rooms required for these packages designed for motor coach or bus tour groups.
  • In the event of severe or inclement weather or the forecast of same, which necessitates the closure of the Blennerhassett Island State Park, the group agrees the booking will be rescheduled under the same terms and conditions to the next available date which is mutually agreed between the parties or assistance will be provided in finding an alternative activity during the visit. 
  • These packages are booked through the group sales coordinator at North Bend State Park.  Click here to email for assistance.

Group Tour Itineraries for
Ritchie County in West Virginia

The Road Back in Time

To visit Ritchie County is to take the road back in time. Travel to times gone by when you walk through the doors of the oldest 5 & Dime in the nation; the 13,000-square foot auto museum presented as a mid-1940’s car dealership; the B & O Railroad Depot still in its original design; or the Old Stone House Museum, constructed in 1810-1815 and now transformed into a museum of 20-plus rooms and a genealogy library.

Visit North Bend State Park, to enter the forest, mostly untouched and allowed to mature in its natural state since the park was established in 1951. The lodge, cabins invite overnight visits and are open year-round. 

Select The Road Back in Time Tour and choose from the following historic sites in three Ritchie County communities:

Cairo

  • Bank of Cairo
  • Cairo Museum
  • Cairo Post Office
  • Ritchie County Veteran’s Memorial
  • Egypt Cemetery – Frances (Piatt) McKinney Gravesite (1770-1847 Served as Flower Girl during George Washington’s first Presidential Inauguration)

Harrisville

  • Berdine’s 5 & Dime
  • “The Building” – Cliff’s Museum of Car Memorabilia
  • General Thomas M. Harris School Museum
  • Harrisville Pioneer Cemetery – Gravesites of three Revolutionary War soldiers (Oldest existing cemetery in Ritchie County)
  • Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery – General Thomas M. Harris Gravesite (1817-1906 Civil War Union General)

Pennsboro

  • Old Stone House Museum
  • Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot

Quaint Small-Town Shopping

Enjoy the unique variety of merchandise and on-on-one customer service only small-town shopping can provide. From the antique furniture, glass and toys of yesterday to glassware and marbles of today, Ritchie County offers a variety of quaint small-town shopping. A stop at North Bend State Park offers the shopper a moment to relax and view the lush forests of Ritchie County.

Select the Quaint Small-Town Shopping Tour and choose from the following shops in four Ritchie County communities:

Cairo

  • Country Trails Bikes & The Cairo Supply Co.
  • P & G General Goods

Ellenboro

  • Bond’s Creek Farm
  • Sam’s Crystal Creations
  • West Virginia Glass Specialty

Harrisville

  • Arlo’s Indoor Flea Market & Flower Barn
  • Berdine’s 5 & Dime
  • Stout Hardware

Pennsboro

  • Davis Handmade Marbles

Where the Rails Once Ran

Ride the rails once more in spirit as you travel throughout Ritchie County and make stops along the North Bend Rail Trail, once part of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The rail trail, popular among hikers, bikers and horseback riders, follows the area’s hilly terrain and winding creeks, which necessitated the railroad to build 36 bridges and 23 tunnels, 13 of which still exist, including the # 19 Silver Run Tunnel, rumored to be haunted by the mysterious woman in white. With access in Cairo, Ellenboro and Pennsboro, the rail trail may also be reached from within North Bend State Park, using an access trail.

Select the Where the Rails Once Ran Tour and choose from the following options in three Ritchie County communities:

Cairo

  • Hardley Able Carriage Company – Ride along the North Bend Rail Trail
  • North Bend State Park
  • North Bend Rail Trail

Ellenboro

  • North Bend Rail Trail
  • Ritchie County Visitor’s Center

Pennsboro

  • North Bend Rail Trail
  • Pennsboro B & O Railroad Depot

Tour Planning

For assistance in planning your group tour please contact either the Ritchie County Tourism & Visitors Bureau, Inc., or North Bend State Park at:

Ritchie County TVB

P. O. Box 116
Harrisville, WV 26362
304.869.4070
www.visitritchiecounty.com

North Bend State Park

202 North Bend Park Road
Cairo, WV 26337
304.643.2931
northbendsp@wv.gov

                                           

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