Middle Fork Trail

Pocahontas County, West Virginia 26298

Elevation Gain2,067ft
Trailhead Elevation2,821ft
Elevation Min/Max2821/4179ft
Elevation Start/End2821/2821ft

Middle Fork Trail

Middle Fork Trail is a hiking trail in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It is 6.2 miles long and begins at 2,821 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 12.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,067 feet. This trail connects with the following: Laurelly Branch Trail and North Fork Trail.

Middle Fork Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"It is a challenging hike to these two worth-the-effort falls. In fact, the trek may be “Hell for Certain” to some hikers. Actually, it isn’t that bad.

The waterfall hike follows Middle Fork Williams River from atop spruce-clad Black Mountain deep into the Cranberry Wilderness. First, visit the river-wide cascade and pool that is Middle Fork Falls. From there, continue downriver to reach Hell for Certain Falls, a cascade on a tributary of the Middle Fork."

"This long loop descends along the Middle Fork of the Williams River, then makes a major climb to the North-South Trail and the high bogs on Little Levels.

With 35,864 acres, Cranberry Wilderness is one of the largest wilderness areas east of the Mississippi River. Owing to its beauty, Cranberry Wilderness is a favorite among hikers and backpackers. Do yourself and the wilderness a favor and disperse use. Special attractions: A spruce bog near the summit of Green Mountain."

"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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Trail Information

Pocahontas County
Nearby City
Monongahela National Forest, Gauley Ranger District, 932 North Fork Cherry Rd., Richwood 26261; (304) 846-2695; www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Local Contacts
Monongahela National Forest, Cranberry Wilderness; USGS Woodrow, Webster Springs SE
Local Maps

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Oct 2018