North Fork Mountain Trail

Pendleton County, West Virginia

Elevation Gain2,546ft
Trailhead Elevation3,778ft
Elevation Min/Max3203/3788ft
Elevation Start/End3778/3778ft

North Fork Mountain Trail

North Fork Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Pendleton County, West Virginia. It is 10.3 miles long and begins at 3,778 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 20.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,546 feet. High Knob (elevation 3,776 feet) can be seen along the trail.

North Fork Mountain Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Encompassing more than 100,000 acres, the Spruce Knob–Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area contains two of the most popular outdoor attractions in West Virginia.

Spruce Knob is the highest point in the Mountain State, and Seneca Rocks has some of the best rock climbing in the East. North Fork Mountain forms the eastern boundary of the recreation area full of high ridges and steep cliffs. The North Fork Mountain Trail is an excellent two-to three-day backpack, offering some of the most scenic vistas in the entire state as well as a unique dry ridge ecosystem. The major drawback to this trail is a lack of water along the crest. For a day hike, begin from the northern terminus and hike up the ridge to a view of Chimney Rock, then return the way you came."

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The first half of this trail is on semi-private land and consists of mostly off-road vehicle trails. You'll meet a lot of hunters there too. Some of the views are nice, but the second half has the better terrain and views. (2 stars for first half). Pretty easy hike.

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Trail Information

Pendleton County
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Additional Use
Potomac office of the Cheat- Potomac Ranger District, Monongahela National Forest, (304) 257-4488 or
Local Contacts
USGS quads: Circleville, Franklin, Upper Tract, Hopeville, Petersburg Wes
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Nov 2018