Middle Fork to Big Beechy Trail Loop

Marlinton, West Virginia

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Traveling from stream bank to ridge top, this hike delivers all of what is wonderful about Cranberry Wilderness, including spruce-covered ridge tops, hillsides carpeted in ferns, valleys alive with the chatter of streams, and solitude that only wilderness can provide. Wallace Stegner viewed wilderness as “a part of the geography of hope.” The true understanding of what Stegner meant can be felt in Cranberry Wilderness. Nearly 60 miles of trails traverse the area’s 35,864 acres. The bonds of civilization melt away as you step farther into the wilderness. The lush green of young red spruce seems to spring up through the ground and into the psyche. Clear streams wash away stresses and steep climbs build self-respect. The wilderness is a baptism of self-renewal. Special attractions: Red spruce forests, moss- and fern-covered forest floors, cascading waterfalls, and seasonal solitude.
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Hiking West Virginia

by Steven Carroll and Mark Miller (Falcon Guides)

Traveling from stream bank to ridge top, this hike delivers all of what is wonderful about Cranberry Wilderness, including spruce-covered ridge tops, hillsides carpeted in ferns, valleys alive with the chatter of streams, and solitude that only wilderness can provide.

Wallace Stegner viewed wilderness as “a part of the geography of hope.” The true understanding of what Stegner meant can be felt in Cranberry Wilderness. Nearly 60 miles of trails traverse the area’s 35,864 acres. The bonds of civilization melt away as you step farther into the wilderness. The lush green of young red spruce seems to spring up through the ground and into the psyche. Clear streams wash away stresses and steep climbs build self-respect. The wilderness is a baptism of self-renewal. Special attractions: Red spruce forests, moss- and fern-covered forest floors, cascading waterfalls, and seasonal solitude.

©  Steven Carroll and Mark Miller/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Marlinton
Distance: 16.25
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 4,500 feet
Top Elevation: 4,500 feet
Local Contacts: Cranberry Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Hillsboro, Lobelia, Webster Springs SE, Woodrow
Driving Directions: Directions to Middle Fork to Big Beechy Trail Loop

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