North Prong Trail

Randolph County, West Virginia

Elevation Gain526ft
Trailhead Elevation3,752ft
Elevation Min/Max3752/4135ft
Elevation Start/End3752/3752ft

North Prong Trail

North Prong Trail is a hiking trail in Randolph County, West Virginia. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 3,752 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 526 feet. This trail connects with the following: Elza Trail and Allegheny Mountain Trail.

North Prong Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A really nice ride that gets progressively more technical toward the end. Expect to see beaver ponds, fern-filled woods, and maybe a beaver or some deer. The last little bit is a really steep (but short) climb. Highlights: Beaver dams and ponds, bogs, waterbars, stream crossings"

"This loop explores the south side of the Seneca Creek Backcountry. Start on the wide Allegheny Mountain Trail for some easy walking to the North Prong Trail. Descend into the valley of North Prong of Big Run, passing a scenic mountain meadow before reaching Big Run. Return to Allegheny Mountain along Big Run, where a linear meadow offers ridgeline vistas.

The doubletrack trail bed is mostly grassy, with occasional mucky low spots. Other small roads splinter off the main path and head to wildlife clearings, but the main track is easy to discern. A northern hardwood forest of maple, birch, and beech rises overhead, heavy with sugar maple, red maple, and striped maple. Note: There are numerous crossings of North Prong that can be rock-hopped in times of normal stream flow. In addition, there is one steep section at hike’s end."

North Prong Trail Reviews

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This place is alright. As soon as you pass Elza trail on the right, the road turns into single track - but is completely overgrown with some thorny bushes (black berries, maybe). Its not ridable, really.Youll end up having to push/walk/carry the bike through the thick bushes. Also, these bushes conceal large rocks in the single track, so if youre trying to ride through - be very careful. Good trail if you dont mind huffing it. Be prepared to have some scarred legs from the thorns though.

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Trail Information

Randolph County
Nearby City
Potomac Ranger District, 304-257-4488
Local Contacts
Seneca Creek Backcountry, Monongahela National Forest; USGS Spruce Knob
Local Maps

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Sep 2018