Backpacking — North Fork Mountain


This is one of the most spectacular trails in WV. The North Fork Mtn. trail is 24 miles from end to end and travels the entire length of the spine of North Fork Mtn. Great views are plenty from the top of the 200 ft tall cliffs that span much of the top of the Mtn. Two other trails (3 miles total) that provide access to the ridge can be used to shorten the whole trip. Make sure to carry water, there isn’t any on this ridge. Trail Map Link (Highlands Conservancy)

Directions from Morgantown

Take I-68 E to Rt. 42 S at Friendsville, MD. Follow Rt. 42 S until it intersects with Rt. 219 S at McHenry, MD. Stay on Rt. 219 S through Oakland, MD to Rt. 50 E. Take Rt. 50 E to Rt. 42 S at Mt Storm. Go 13.5 miles to Petersburg. Turn right onto Rt 28 and go 6 miles to Smoke Hole Rd on the left. The first two trailheads are on the right hand side within three miles of the turn. There is a road 14 miles from rt. 28 that goes 6.7 more miles to the top of the mtn (middle of the 27 mile trail). The southern end of the trail is 31 miles south of the rt 28/Smoke Hole intersection on rt. 33 w toward Franklin (at the top of the mtn).

Travel Time: 2 1/2 hr


Backpacking, Hiking, Sight Seeing (Overlooks), Mountain Biking


Potomac Ranger District, HC 59, Box 240, Petersburg, WV 26847, 1.5 miles south of Petersburg off Rt. 28/55


304-257-4488 (Voice & TDD), 304-636-1800 – Mon. National Forest

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ORC Resources:

Brochure, Books – “Monongahelia National Forest Hiking Guide”, “Out There West Virginia A Guide to Backcountry Travel and Adventure”, “West Virginia Hiking Trails”

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