For the Hiker: North Bend State Park in West Virginia

North Bend State Park, West Virgina© 2009 Steve J. Shaluta/West Virginia Department of CommerceRecreation seekers can rent boats and fish from piers at the park's placid 305-acre lake, created when the Hughes River was dammed.

Cairo, West Virgina

Named for the horseshoe curve of the north fork of the Huges River, this beautiful 1,405-acre park supplies the wonderment of exploring a high plateau. The central area lies on a bluff at the horseshoe curve. A scenic trail skirts the rim of the escarpment, sometimes descending into and climbing out of miniature valleys that run down to the river’s edge. Other trails through the woodlands lead to a variety of overlooks and rock formations. Featured in the park is the 72-mile North Bend Rail Trail, which is designed for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. And the newly added Cokeley Recreation Area provides five miles of multi-use non-motorized trails, along with a lake stocked with fish, boat rentals, boat and canoe launches, and two accessible fishing platforms.

Open year-round.

(304) 643-2931

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