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"
--Jim Parham, Off The Beaten Track Volume VI: A Guide to Mountain Biking in West Virginia's Northern Highlands (Milestone Press).
"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."
--Johnny Molloy, Five-Star Trails: West Virginia's Monongahela National Forest (Menasha Ridge Press).
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