Rails-to-Trails Conservancy West Virginia Sojourn


“The Wild and Wonderful North Bend Trail”

Join us for a wild and wonderful four-day excursion on the acclaimed North Bend Rail Trail! This historic corridor showcases the best of West Virginia, the Mountain State. From the shady canopy covering the corridor to the 10 tunnels along its route, the North Bend Rail Trail is an experience you’ll never forget.


On this ride through Rural West Virginia, riders will enjoy forested landscapes, historic towns, breathtaking tunnels and pristine trails—all with experts from Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC).


The North Bend Rail Trail is key component of a larger trail development effort that will connect trails from Pittsburgh to Parkersburg. Although the North Bend Rail Trail is complete, RTC hopes the Sojourn will bring attention to a 5-mile trail gap from the western trailhead into downtown Parkersburg, West Virginia. In this way, participants will be actively contributing to the trail movement!


Please contact Comfy Campers to reserve a tent package if you do not have your own tent. They also offer coffee service (highly recommended for coffee drinker!), towel service and other a-la-carte options.


The West Virginia Sojourn will kick off with a welcome party hosted by the RTC on Saturday night. Riders can visit the Oil and Gas Museum, located near the historic Blennerhassett Hotel and other cultural highlights. The Blennerhassett has a limited number of reserved rooms for sojourners who would like to stay on Saturday night. Contact them at 304-422-3131. A room block is also reserved at the Hampton Inn & Suites Parkersburg Downtown for those who wish to stay overnight on Saturday the 18th. This link will allow you to directly reserve within this block.


Hybrid bikes are recommended. Helmets are required.


Click here for reservation & cancellation policy.


We’d like to thank Dominion and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia for their support of the 2016 West Virginia Sojourn.

Tour Highlights

North Bend State Park

Eaton & Silver Run Tunnels

Old Stone House on Myles Avenue

Historic Pennsboro

Lodging Options

North Bend State Park

Salem International University

Day 1
Sunday June 19

Approximately 34 miles of bike riding 

The ride begins in Parkersburg on Sunday morning. After some road riding to get out of town, sojourn riders will hop onto the North Bend Rail Trail and start the voyage toward North Bend State Park. This stretch is rural riding at its best—the corridor is surrounded by forests and wetlands and offers abundant wildlife, including whitetail deer, snapping turtles, wild turkeys, beavers, great blue herons, squirrels, red-tailed hawks, song birds and much more.

Day 1 will feature some great tunnels. Eaton Tunnel #21 and the infamous Silver Run Tunnel #19 provide a glimpse of the railroad history of the corridor and offer a fun adventure! Trail towns like Cairo provide small-town charm and are a history buff’s dream. Day end arrives at North Bend State Park, a 2,500-acre expanse on the North Fork of the Hughes River.

Evening program to be announced.

Meals included: Boxed lunch and dinner.


Day 2
Monday June 20

Approximately 37 or 51 miles of bike riding

(51 miles of bike riding, if your ride the optional 16-mile extension to Wolf Summit)

Exquisite tunnels, delightful towns, and breathtaking scenery define Day 2. Tunnel #10, three miles west of Ellenboro, is a 337-foot-long tunnel bored straight through solid rock! Tunnel #6 is the longest tunnel on the trail, spanning 2,297 feet. For history enthusiasts, Pennsboro is the place to be. Ritchie County Historical Society has restored two historically important structures in Pennsboro, both open as museums: the Old Stone House (on Myles Avenue) is the oldest landmark in Ritchie County and was originally an inn for stage coach travelers; the Baltimore & Ohio Depot is one of three remaining depots along the North Bend Rail Trail and today serves as a rest stop, community gathering hall and museum.

Between Pennsboro and the trail terminus at Wolf Summit, sojourn riders will travel through a series of small communities. Woodlands are interspersed with farms, livestock and homes. Road crossings become more frequent, particularly east of West Union. The end point for the day is Salem, but Sojourn riders have the option to venture 8 miles further to Wolf Summit, the trail’s eastern terminus, then return to Salem. Clarksburg, the county seat of Harrison County and home to more than 16,000 residents, lies 8 miles east of the trail terminus. The important trail connection to Clarksburg is not yet complete, and RTC staff will explain the challenges and next steps to making the trail connection a reality.

Evening program to be announced.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner


Day 3
Tuesday June 21

Approximately 37 or 51 miles of bike riding

We’ll travel back to North Bend State Park on Day 3, seeing the scenery from a different perspective. Sojourn riders come from all over the country, and by Day 3, you are sure to have met some riding partners with whom you can share the voyage! The mileage options depend on  if you ride directly to North Bend State Park (37) or ride to Wolf Creek Summit first and then to NBSP (51).

Evening program to be announced.

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner.


Day 4
Wednesday June 22

Approximately 34 miles of bike riding

Our final day takes us from North Bend State Park back to Parkersburg. Savor the last miles of the rail trail and take pictures to remember your trip!

Meals included: Breakfast.


Getting There & Away

If you’re Driving

You’ll meet the group in Parkersburg, where the town has offered free parking to Sojourners. Your car will remain in this lot until your return on June 22nd.


If you’re Flying

You have several options for airports. There is a small airport in Parkersburg, called the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport. You may also choose to fly into Morgantown, or even Pittsburgh. After your flight, you will have to arrange transportation from the airport to the meeting location in Parkersburg. If arriving the night before, there are several places to stay in Parkersburg, including the Blennerhasset Hotel (room block available), a Holiday Inn Express, and a Hampton Inn (room block available).


Bike Rentals & Accommodations


You can rent a bike for this sojourn from Wilderness Voyageurs. Available for rent is the Cannondale Adventure, a hybrid bike perfect for path and trail riding.

Rate: $50 for 4-day ride



Nights 1 & 3: The group will camp at North Bend State Park. Contact Comfy Campers to register for camping equipment if you do not have your own. Their coffee service, towel or chair service is also highly recommended.


Night 2: The group will camp at Salem International University. Once again, be sure to contact Comfy Campers for your camping surprise.

“As always, your staff has provided my group with an amazing experience.”

~Rob Johnson

Trip Information


Trip Length - Days

Tour Type
Rail Trail
New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Tour Rating

Average Miles Per Day

Check In Location
Parkersburg, WV

Minimum Age


3 Breakfasts | 1 Lunches
3 Dinners

  • Per Person

  • Youth Rate (12 & under)

  • Cannondale Bike Rental


Per person cost includes parking for event, included meals, transportation to starting point, overnight camping costs and refreshments.


Select your departure date and click to reserve your bike tour!

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