East of Parkersburg near Harrisville, the 1,400 acre North Bend State Park has the 72 mile North Bend Trail (part of the American Discovery Trail). While heavily used by mountain bikers, this trail is also open to hiking and horseback riding.
Parkersburg Trailhead: Take I-77 to the Staunton Avenue Exit. Turn East on Rt. 47 and take the first right turn (about 0.2 mile from interstate) on to Old WV Route 47. Continue about 0.7 mile and turn right on Happy Valley Road. Travel approximately 0.4 mile until you see a large house on the left. Immediately after the stone wall (Millers Landing) is the North Bend Rail Trail. Park on the gravel section opposite the trailed. Western Terminus.
Walker Trailhead: Exit Rt. 47 at Walker Road, proceed to where road meets trail (barricade on left).
Petroleum Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Goose Creek Road and proceed 7 miles to town.
Cairo Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Rt. 31 and go 4 miles to town; Rt. 31 crosses the trail and parking is available on the blacktop in town square, or on the gravel lot by the old Bank at Cairo.
Ellenboro Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Rt. 16 N, 1/4 mile to trail.
Pennsboro Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Rt. 74; go north 1 mile, Rt. 74 crosses the trail at the Depot.
Greenwood Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 at Greenwood exit; access trail behind the WV Department of Highways garage and the Greenwood Motel.
West Union Trailhead: Exit Rt 50 onto Rt. 18 North; the longest bridge of the trail is visible as you approach West Union Trailhead; access in town or park above athletic field.
Smithburg Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 at Smithburg exit; turn right at the bottom of the hill onto old Rt. 50, proceed almost 1/2 mile to Depot and Spencer Park.
Salem Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Rt. 23 South; proceed into town to the Depot; trail runs through Salem.
Bristol Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 onto Raccoon Run Road, this road crosses trail almost immediately.
Wolf Summit Trailhead: Exit Rt. 50 at Wolf Summit; nearest access for Eastern Terminus.
Overall, North Bend State Park is the 2nd most popular horse trail of all 2 horseback rides in West Virginia.