North Bend State Park
|North Bend State Park|
|West Virginia State Park|
North Bend Lodge
|Elevation||981 ft (299 m)|
|Area||2,459 acres (995.1 ha) |
|Owner||West Virginia Division of Natural Resources|
|Nearest city||Cairo, West Virginia|
|Website: North Bend State Park|
North Bend State Park sits on 2,459 acres (995 ha) along the North Fork of the Hughes River in Ritchie County near Cairo, West Virginia. The park is named after the sharp bend in the river that the formed three sides of the original park boundary. The North Bend Rail Trail, a 72-mile (116 km) hiking and biking corridor, is also managed as a unit of the park. A new 305 acre (1.23 km²) lake was recently added to the park.
Accessibility for the disabled was assessed by West Virginia University. The assessment found the campground, picnic area, fishing area, and swimming pool to be accessible. The 2005 assessment found issues with access to the lodge, handrails, emergency exits at the lodge and signage in the lodge parking lot.
The park also features two special amenities designed to accommodate handicapped users.
- The "Extra Mile Trail" is a flat, paved trail suitable for wheelchairs.
- The new North Bend Lake features a Handicapped Fishing Pier.
- West Virginia State Parks Facilities Grid, accessed March 29, 2008
- Where People and Nature Meet: A History of the West Virginia State Parks. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing Company. April 1988. ISBN 0-933126-91-3.
- Guide to Accessible Recreation and Travel in WV, WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities web site, accessed July 31, 2006
- North Bend State Park map, accessed September 11, 2006