North Bend State Park is a lovely 2,492 acre park located in Richie County, WV, east of Parkersburg. The park was founded in 1951 and has a strong history of community involvement with many local groups actively raising funds and doing much of the work to create and designate it as state park. Groups such as the Lions Club, the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), and a number of local businesses have advocated for, work on, or contributed funds to the park. This includes the creation of several notable trails, the purchase or sponsorship of recreational facilities, and other park work and upkeep. The name was chosen by a contest run by the Ritchie Gazette after a bend in the Hughes River.
The park itself offers a wide range of outdoor activities and recreational opportunities. The namesake trail is a 72 mile hiking and mountain biking corridor. Additionally and most notably is the Extra Mile Trail which was specially designed and planned for people with disabilities or physical limitations. This trail has expanded to include accessible game courts, picnic pavilion, and amphitheater. In addition, the park has a 30-room lodge, cabins and campground areas, a lake, a pool, mini golf, tennis courts, and a number of playgrounds. North Bend State Park is also home to the yearly Nature Wonder Week.
As of 2015, North Bend State Park had an economic significance of $3,530,687.