When complete, the Harrison County Southern Rail Trail will extend south from Veteran’s Memorial Park and the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg to the rural community of Lost Creek. The trail, roughly half of which is currently open between Lost Creek and Mount Clare, was built on a rail banked CSX corridor that parallels Browns Creek and County Road 25.
Running for nearly 6 miles, the trail passes farmland set against the backdrop of the rolling hills that make this part of West Virginia exceptionally beautiful. Several restored trestles along the way cross the snaking course of Browns Creek, which is never far out of sight. In Lost Creek, the trail ends just before a closed trestle over the creek of the same name (just beyond the Lost Creek Community Building), where a sign warns users that their route has ended.
The trail has a rougher surface more suited to mountain bikes than road bikes, but a planned upgrade should soon re-mediate some drainage issues and add improved signage and lighting. The trail will ultimately be extended north into Clarksburg via a restored railroad tunnel near the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center. (Note that much of this section between Mount Clare and Clarksburg is technically open but unimproved and only passable with hiking boots.)
Someday it is hoped that Clarksburg will be a destination hub of rail-trails, where the Harrison County Southern Rail Trail, North Bend Rail-Trail and West Fork River Trail (via the Harrison County North Rail-Trail) all meet, replicating the traffic brought by the railroads in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Encroachment at Mt. Clare