We entered the trail behind a sub division in Davisville, WV. Davisville is just beyond WVUP near Parkersburg.
The Rail Trail is the former rail corridor that was constructed by the B & O Railroad between 1853 and 1857. It is 72 miles long, has 13 tunnels and crosses over 36 bridges. It goes from Parkersburg, WV to Wolf Summit in Harrison County, WV.
Last summer we walked on the Rail Trail when we stayed at North Bend State Park. One of the tunnels is located there.
People can walk it or bike it. The flat trail is very easy to walk or bike on, and you can go for miles, as long as your feet don't give out on you.
We walked for two hours. The sky looked ominous at times and the wind threatened to lift our umbrellas. But for the most part, the rain stayed away. It was cool and drizzly and some might say we were crazy. But we enjoyed our walk and can't wait to do it again when the weather warms up.
We tried to distinguish the many bird calls. Woodpeckers pecked away at the trees and the frogs were deafening at times. The wonderful sounds of nature surrounded us all along the way.
I have a few pictures I want to share with you.
Here is an old bridge we passed over.
An old tree with steps up the side.
A field of Mayapples!
Carved out seats to sit on. These would come in very handy on a hot summer day.
Lots of Sweet Williams dotted the landscape. I love Sweet Williams, I picked big fragrant bunches of them for Mom when I was a child. She would fill a mason jar with water and place them in it.
The river flowed past on one side of the trail. Gnarled grapevines hung from the trees.
Does anyone know what this is the remnant of and what it was used for on the railroad?
You can click on it to get a closer view.
We had a wonderful time, but my husband and I are still trying to warm up. My shoes leaked and my socks became soaked. My daughter in law was nice enough to loan me a pair of dry socks to come home in.
Hope you enjoyed the walk.