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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Walking The Rail Trail

Yesterday was dreary, wet and cool. But instead of sitting inside in the comfort of our house, we walked on the Rail Trail.

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.


  1. I'm a weenie...I would have waited for a pretty day...LOL!

    You got some great shots though!

  2. I would have loved to go on that walk with you. Even in the cold. But I'm afraid I might have held you up, wanting to snap pictures constantly.
    I'm not sure what that could have been used for...
    maybe a lookout tower of some sort????

  3. Pretty place.
    I don't know what those were used for, but I'm sure I wouldn't of climbed them!!

  4. Thanks for the pics. Made me a tad homesick. I love walking on misty, drizzly, even rainy days. (not in downpours, mind you!) Haven't a clue what that railroad equipment is.....unless is could have something to do with communications.

  5. Janet: What a wonderful wallk through the woods, thanks for sharing your neat photos.

  6. Is that how you keep your girlish figure! What a beautiful place to walk! I'v never heard of it. Sounds like you and Charley had a great time.

  7. Gray, light raining days are great for taking walks. I love to walk in the rain. I love the pictures. It reminds me of the railroad tracks path they we used to walk to school. A train ran up the holler to the coal tipple, but was long gone when I started school. Mom didn't want us to walk on the state road. When we started out for school she would always say, "Walk the back alley or the railroad."
    I love your blog, it always reminds me of home.

  8. Janet,

    Sounds like you had a nice hike in spite of the weather. It's been rainy and cool here, so other than picking up the grandsons from school today, I've been staying indoors. My arthritic knees dislike the cold, wet weather.

    Take care, my friend. I hope to see more photos of your outdoor excursions and the weather warms.

  9. What fun!! That is a super place for a walk-or a bike ride. I loved the pictures you took-I bet the steps on the tree use to lead to someone's hunting stand.

  10. I would certainly love to go for walks like that. I love walking (or driving) places I've never been before...I like to call it when my grandkids were young....we'd go for a walk...but call it exploring. And I do like to take pictures of nature. Nice post, Sis.


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