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hiking
7 days ago

A fun hike. I went in late November with a dusting of snow on the ground - absolutely beautiful. The falls are gorgeous but the hike in and out is even better.

My self and two of my friends did this trail from north terminus to south. my plan to do it this way was so that i could begin the hike at 0400 and be waiting on top of chimney rock for the sunrise. My god was it worth it. I sat on that rock brewing coffee and enjoying the perfect scenery until 9am.

This was my favorite spot on the entire hike. I will be going back just to spend a weekend here. You must see it.

the trail has countless overlooks, some with beaten paths, others you can just walk west to the ridgeline. plenty of campsites premade around and the trail was pretty well kept even after all of our recent storms.

to the east is private land lines in and out of the hike. so be cautious of hunters/hunting dogs.

THE ONLY WATER SOURCE IS A SPRING AT THE 12MI MARK. this is crucial for correct planning. its very easy to walk by as i did.

from south to north the trail will continue blue blaze onto a fire road (nice well packed black gravel) down and over pipeline clearings, then downhill to campsites where the trail begins into the woods again. It is at THIS point, a grass fire road to the left of the trailhead. walk roughly 30y down that road and the spring is on the left with rocks holding down some chickenwire to prevent leaf n debris from entering it. (It looks like a rectangle stone storm drain with chicken wire ontop)

when i was hiking this i had spent a long time trying to find it and i wanted to make a point to give a very deffinitive location of this "spring" its yeild will depend on rainfall but all 3 of us got 6 litres and it didnt budge. plenty of water for us in october.

in total, this hike is beautiful, quiet, relatively easy, short distance from town, and offers alot more than you will put into it.

I will be going back.

NOTE: North Fork Mountain trail is roughly 24.3 miles long. From One Terminus to the next. One water source at 12mi. And a shuttle service is offered at the north terminus for the 25-30min drive back to where you started.

The trail/fire road from the main road is very overgrown and flooded in some areas. Huckleberry trail can be easily missed. I had to circle back after missing it, and noticed the red marker only from the opposite side of the trail. Huckleberry was less muddy but still a lot of wet spots. It started snowing on my trip and it was beautiful. A lot flatter than I expected for a high point, but the 11.5 mile trek was still tiring. Took me just under 5 hours with lots of stops for pictures along the way and at the top.

backpacking
2 months ago

Firstly, it’s not easy in and out. The first .5 mile or so from trail head is easy but as you approach the hill/mountain you’ll be surprised at how the description says, “easy in and out.” There are switch backs both up and down the mountain and a pass between the two peaks/hilltops. Heavy stone and root systems everywhere which was a bit interesting when it was wet. The way down the other side was pretty steep so expect a substantial climb back out. Once you crest the hill and make your way down you’ll see a set of train tracks. There is a blaze and a path directly across the tracks but please just make the right and follow the tracks about another .5-.75 miles to a small little train stopping area. You’ll continue to see blazes down the tracks. The train stop area is the falls. If you are making a few days of this expect a lot of visitor traffic. There is a scenic train system that regularly stops for site seeing. Not many camping areas tbh. If you are looking for wood for camp fires, expect laurel and it didn’t burn well either, and everything is picked clean. Very pretty falls and great rapids which make for some good white noise camping. Don’t bring a horse. It is not safe for that. I don’t know who put that.

backpacking
2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

Nice hike trails are well marked

Nice and flat out to Judy Springs from the trailhead. Plenty of camping options along the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Overall this was a pretty fun trail and easy to make a day trip out of. The trail was pretty muddy in places and very rocky in others. Some parts of the trail aren't very well blazed but the path was pretty obvious so it wasn't hard to find the way. Some parts of the trail, especially near the beginning are very over grown, so it'd be wise to keep an eye out for snakes as I was about 5 inches from stepping on one. The falls themselves are gorgeous and the water is perfect to soak your feet in.

backpacking
3 months ago

Very Beautiful Wilderness. But it is very Rugged and disappointing that there is not some trail maintenance. Trails are not marked but have rock cairns sometimes to far apart. The trail can be very difficult to follow at times due to blow downs and Mountain Laurel overtaking the trail. I would recommend bringing Machete to blaze some new trails. Be prepared to get muddy and I would be careful after heavy rain because otter creek can become to swift to cross. I do not recommend this trail to Novice Hikers and someone that does not have a topo map and or GPS in addition to Wilderness survival Skills because It is real possible to get into a very bad Situation out there if you are not prepared.

backpacking
4 months ago

This trail was amazing although very rocky in places. There are some great camp sites and it is very well traveled.

High Meadows trail was nice but I wasn't nearly as impressed with the meadows as the ones coming up the Judy Springs Trail. Lumberjack was very muddy and it took us way more time than it should have. Both trails were also lined with stinging nettles.

backpacking
4 months ago

Hiked from the parking lot at the top of Spruce Knob to Seneca Creek, and it was well worth the hike up the next day. Camp sites can be found all along the creek and I didn't see one bad one. About .2 miles before Judy Springs is the "prettiest camp site in WV" unfortunately we couldn't make camp there as we had to hunker down for a storm but the site featured a waterfall as well as a mill stone table. This is easily one of my favorite trails in WV.

backpacking
4 months ago

love this trail easy hike , beautiful views not super busy. Great fly-fishing in otter creek , lots if native trout. mostly single track . I have been here many times.

I walked the 1st part of the trail from the Trailhead to Tom Lick bypass then to Seneca trail. The Allegheny was easy to follow but not very interesting. I constantly had to make decisions of where to step because it was so muddy. I enjoyed the Tom Lick trail.

hiking
4 months ago

One of our favorites in the area, not thrilled when the Tourist train stops but no biggie. Scenery is Worth every mile .

hiking
4 months ago

40+ years ago, finding the trail faint from non-use, I blue-blazed it from the top of Shavers Mountain to the falls (the trail going down to the West Fork was, at the time, called the Beulah Siding Trail). And, shame on me, I havent been back since--though I've often wanted to. Maybe somebody could invite me?

The trail was relatively well marked. There were a couple spots that we had to question whether we were pushing forward in the correct direction. We also were hiking this trail through a huge rain storm so it was fairly flooded in areas.

backpacking
5 months ago

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

backpacking
5 months ago

This is my first review, so forgive me if it's too much: The plotted trail includes 4 trails. 3 of the 4 trails need heavy maintenance/rerouting to be enjoyable. You start off on Mylius Trail (the only trail that doesn't need maintenance currently), then take a right at intersection to continue onto Shavers Mountain Trail. This trail was hard to follow due to the overgrown vegetation and lack of blazes. From there you hit the intersection of Green Mountain Trail which continues to be overgrown with Rhododendrons which make following the trail a huge challenge. We camped just past the intersection of Green Mtn Trail and Possession trail. Great camp site with water source nearby. The next day we continued on Green Mtn Trail. This was a little better vegetation wise, but still some areas were hard to follow the trail. If it had not been for muddy footprints, I am sure we would have been off the trail for quite some time. You then run into Otter Creek Trail. This was a nice open trail for a ways, it winds along the creekside and crosses many times (5, if i remember correctly NOTE: The book we had said 4 crossings) The Ford crossings on the upper part of the trail were clearly marked with cairns, the water was swift and refreshing. There were many areas where the trail had been completely washed out. Areas, where you literally had to hold onto the roots of the trees above you so you did not fall 20ft into the creek bed below. The lower part of Otter Creek Trail is very boggy. There was one part where we opted to walk through knee high vegetation to the right of the trail and discovered what Stinging Nettles were... oops. You then turn left onto Mylius trail again, which is comprised of following mostly dried up and boggy areas until you head up in elevation again to the Intersection of Shaver Mountain trail and Mylius, where you continue down Mylius to the trailhead. I would suggest rethinking this trail if you are looking for an easy trail. If you are up for the challenge and have a GPS and some sort of non-cellular mobile communication device for emergencies, then I would say go for it. I will try to upload some photos from the trail at a later time.

We set out to hike this to the spruce knob summit but were discouraged by the overgrown beginning of the trail. This was early July and the growth was as tall as me and we stepped in a huge mud puddle right past the gate. The map we were given at the spruce knob lake campground had the only trailhead at the summit going down. If you are willing to do some serious bushwhacking I’m sure it’s worth it. If we had come earlier in the season or closer to fall I’m sure it would be fine but mid summer it was like no one had hiked this trail in years!

The native bleeding heart are in bloom right now and gorgeous along the trail! Not too hard just long & a bit hard to follow like others have said.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

on High Falls Trail

backpacking
5 months ago

I loved it. Crossing the West Fork Trail and up the meadow into the woods... couple of good camping sites before you cross the ridge. Couple more at the bottom by the river, and one real nice one by the falls.

trails were poorly marked, down trees, swamp like mud, poison ivy everywhere, over grown in spots, i would not go on this trail unless it has been dry in the area for a consideranle amouny of time

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail that has lots of scenery and waterfalls. Campsites are plentiful and very nice. Only negative I saw was it seemed a lot of people that hike there let their dogs run loose. I had mine with me on a leash and had some sketchy moments when multiple dogs would crowd around her. Thankfully she did well and didn’t get aggressive ...with the wrong dog it could easily end up being a bad situation. If you can’t control your dog with voice commands they need to be on a leash. But other than that it was a great day to be out in the WV hills.

Steep climb - breathtaking views

Trail was pretty nice and not too steep, very gradual incline. It did get confusing because we followed map on here and it’s not marked well. If coming down the mountain like I was about 4 miles in there is a 90 degree turn and a small path leading the opposite direction, take that one. The trail less followed is the way to go and it was very grown up on this part of trail. The first half I really enjoyed though. All in all I enjoyed it and great views at the top.

backpacking
6 months ago

Moderately hard trail with a good amount of elevation changes. Spectacular views from the overlooks. Spring at half way point.

Good trip

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