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.

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"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."
"Wallace Stegner viewed wilderness as “a part of the geography of hope.” You can understand what Stegner meant in the Cranberry Wilderness. Traveling from stream bank to ridgetop, this hike delivers all of what is wonderful about the Cranberry Wilderness, including spruce-covered ridgetops, hillsides carpeted in ferns, valleys alive with the chatter of streams, and solitude that only wilderness can provide."

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Trail Information

Pocahontas County
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Additional Use
Gauley Ranger Station, USDA Forest Service, (304) 846-2695 or www.fs.usda.gov/mnf
Local Contacts
Recreation Guide for the Gauley District; USGS quads: Hillsboro, Lobelia, Webster Springs SE, Woodrow
Local Maps