Did you know the industrial Northern Panhandle has a softer side? Three scenic, fresh-air trails!
Grab your running shoes, walking sandals or bike and head out to the Brooke Pioneer Trail System, Wellsburg Yankee Rail Trail or the Panhandle Rail-Trail, which begins in Weirton and will take you 29 miles to Carnegie, PA!
Connected in 2010, the Brooke Pioneer Trail and Yankee Rail Trail run from Wellsburg to Wheeling, following the east bank of the mighty Ohio River. Together, the trails offer 18 miles of history, with many signs along the way that detail the history of the Panhandle Railroad.
The trail is paved and wheelchair-accessible and is open to skaters, joggers, bikers and even fishermen, who can stop along the banks of the Ohio to fish!
The wide, packed-gravel Panhandle Trail is open to pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians, with many easy access points along the way. Locals have created colorful sculptures out of recycled materials, such as handcrafted birdhouses, and colorful old shoes, to enhance the trail. You never know what art you may come across.
Spring and summer, when flowering shrubs and wildflowers dress up various landscaped trailheads and access points, are great times to bike the Panhandle. Between June and October, the Collier Friends of the Panhandle Trail sponsors several annual events on the trail. The friends group also maintains the trail from Walkers Mill to Greg Station.
Contact the Top of West Virginia CVB to request a Rail Trail brochure or learn more information about trail heads and nearby attractions along the trails!