Hiking Project Logo

Fore Mountain Trail

Intermediate

Trail

14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,777' 542 m
Descent: -3,457' -1,054 m
High: 3,131' 954 m
Low: 1,439' 439 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Shenandoah Bicycle

Backcountry singletrack along the Fore Mountain ridgeline.

Shenandoah Bicycle

Features -none-

Description

The Fore Mountain trailhead is hard to find off the Stony Run Trail. It is located near the intersection of the Middle Mountain Trail (Fore Mountain Trail on GW Map) and Stony Run Trail.

Follow the Fore Mountain Trail which is backcountry singletrack. This portion of the Fore Mountain Trail takes you out of Douthat State Park and into the George Washington National Forest. The National Forest trails are typically not as maintained as the Douthat trails.

The initial portion of the trail is uphill and then you'll begin some very fun descending. The descent will go from gradual ridge singletrack to a very steep and loose trail. After this steep downhill there is a steep 300 foot pine needle covered climb. At the top of this climb you'll want to take a left (this is not marked but the straight option is usually blocked).

This next descent will have a number of switchbacks which will lead into some really fun twisty singletrack. This portion of the downhill goes on for a while so enjoy! There is a left hand turn which is not marked but the straight option is usually block.

You'll eventually pop out onto Sulphur Springs Road, which you'll cross. At this point, the trail will climb steeply. Stick with it until you top out on the ridge. At this point, you're in for a long, gradual ridge-top descent followed by a steeper final descent into Covington.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know, Dogs Allowed, Features, Flora & Fauna

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#24281

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#686

in Virginia

#24,281

Overall
5 Views Last Month
68 Since Nov 2, 2017
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking