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A remote and scenic trail that gives hikers a true sense of solitude.


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17.7

Miles

28.5

KM

Point to Point

4,215' 1,285 m

High

3,126' 953 m

Low

1,509' 460 m

Up

1,934' 589 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Be aware of deer and turkey hunting seasons and plan on wearing orange if hiking during those times.

Description

This is a ridge hike that has more downhill than up. It was once an old road that has constricted into a great singletrack. It's still possible to see the stones that were hand laid during the CCC days.

As it follows the ridge, the trail travels through several rhododendron tunnels, so early June and the fall are some of the best times to hike. The remote area has a quality of solitude and adventure. There's essentially no cell phone service or easy ways off the trail, so come prepared.

As you hike, you may have the honor of seeing bear, wild turkey, deer and other species. The climbs are relatively short and there are only a couple rocky sections where you'll want to watch your footing.

To access the top of this section of the Fork Mountain Trail, hikers can shuttle Highway 39 and then take Bear Run Road to reach a convenient starting area. The Richwood Visitor Center makes a good place to park or leave a recovery vehicle. Currently, the unmapped section of trail beyond FSR 946 has a bridge out and is not recommended. At the road, simply follow it left to descend back toward Richwood.

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Shared By:

Steve Jones

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in Richwood

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#2

in Richwood

#80

in West Virginia

#9,082

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