Explore the most popular mountain biking trails in Monongahela National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Fun trail to go on, Ì went 11/5/17, about 4 hours round trip. Basically walking up a hill half way then down the hill half way. Easy marked trail with blue diamonds (and yellow rectangles) on the trees. You’ll come to the top on the hill where it forks, left will take you on the Allegheny Trail, and right take you to the High Falls (there are signs). Once you come to the railroad tracks make a right and follow the tracks down stream around a few bends until you come to a train stop and you’re there. Ì suggest reading Scott C’s post down below on how to find it because ì had trouble finding the trail head myself.

hiking
7 months ago

check road conditions when you're planning to do this trail! tried to get to this trail yesterday and it was completely inaccessible - forest rd 244 is closed for the year and with all the recent rain, canaan loop rd past lindy point was almost impassable (it's normally a rougher rd but it's currently full of giant pot holes and swamped in some areas). if you have a truck/jeep/4 wheeler you would probably be fine coming in from the lindy point side, but i couldn't make it in an AWD subaru.

8 months ago

fantastic hike!!!

backpacking
8 months ago

I Love this hike. Myself and a couple of friends hiked it last week which was mid to late August and the weather was perfect. Not to hot not to cold, just perfect for a good day hike. The train was there when we got there and the view of the falls was an absolute treasure

backpacking
8 months ago

followed the directions that it gave me. found out from a local that some landowner had slashed a woman's tire for parking by the trail head. so we had to park on the other side and walk the tracks the entire way. other than that it was a beautiful place to spend a couple days.

Great trail! Went backpacking and slept the night by the falls. Swimming hole under the falls was great!

hiking
10 months ago

Not much sunlight hits the trail so the moisture doesn't evaporate. It was very muddy when we hiked it last year. It was a sunny day and the view was beautiful. Seeing a beautiful hawk was one of the highlights!

hiking
10 months ago

Hike was great, medium difficulty due to plenty of trip/slip hazards. The water in the river was a good chilled temperature. No one here seemed to mention that there are snakes at the falls, so that was quite the surprise. The group I hiked with was getting ready to swim just below the falls and we happened to spot a snake, and then another and another, etc. I still swam but the rest didn't so that was quite disappointing. Turned out to just be common watersnakes.

on Judy Springs Trail

backpacking
11 months ago

We hiked this trail from the Seneca Creek trail to get back to the Huckleberry trail. We saw the sign for the trail and crossed the footbridge over the river but then had a bit of trouble finding the trail as there isn't another blaze until further up the trail. We went up the hill on what looked like a trail and took another path which led to a campsite and then eventually found the right trail which if I remember correctly was by the campsite and definitely to the left of the footbridge. It was pouring down rain which didn't help. The meadow had beautiful views but we weren't able to enjoy it as much with the rain and the trail became a stream. It would be nice to try this trail again in the fall.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Not worth the hike. No good views

Sunday, December 11, 2016

It needs a few more blazes as we had to stop and scan a few times. But this trail was beautiful and well worth the sweat. We were the only ones on the trail today. The oasis of the train stop was great! If you walk along the tracks, be wary of the train during excursion season- the trail gets pretty close.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

I loved table rock. It was well worth the easy hike.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

We did not see the rattlesnakes or the mud. What we did see was beautiful scenery. Especially the view from Table Rock.

hiking
Saturday, October 22, 2016

Great Hike!! Terrible directions ... walked for three miles trying to find the trail head.. once we found the trail head the hike was a blast!!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

The directions given by the app are ok...until you start looking for the trail head. My GPS tried to get me to go down some private driveways. The trailhead is right on Beulah Rd on the right. Blink and you will miss it. It is only marked by a small hiking sign about 25' from a wide spot in the road, which is where I parked. The sign at the trail head says .5 miles to High Falls...that is only to the High Falls Trail. The trail is rocky and rooty, so wear some good shoes with ankle support, and a little mucky in some spots. Great hike, with some great views!

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Short 3.4 mile trail that runs along the top of burner mountain. Follows an old four-wheeler path that is easy to follow. A very nice stroll trough the woods. Lots of leaves changing colors in mid October. Keep an eye out for wildlife though. Did see various piles of animal droppings including a bear.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

Great Hike and especially beautiful view at Table Rock. Easy so it makes it nice to bring someone who isn't all that into hiking. Be careful though, I have come across good size rattlesnakes at Table Rock and almost stepped on one in a crack.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great, highly recommend hiking in to camp, then spend a day on the falls swimming. moderate hike in switchbacking up a the classic west virginia landscape.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Fairly level, easy, 1-2 hour hike, as mentioned, a little or lot muddy depending on time of year and if recently rained. Stunning views of protected forest land. Road to/from to trailhead is equally scenic. Bring a camera. Highly recommend.

hiking
Sunday, November 29, 2015

Very nice and easy hike - as others have mentioned, it is a little muddy in spots but nothing to prevent you from going. Great views at Table Rock. Would recommend!

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Great hike!!! And scenery

hiking
Sunday, October 25, 2015

Amazing hike!! Definitely among my top places to go

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

This is a good hike. If you park at Glady and follow the trail to High Falls you are going to walk about twelve miles round trip. 3 mile flat on rail to trails and the rest is over the hill and a mile or so on tracks. Great hike and you can camp to if you would like.. Lot of terrain is rocky!

camping
Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The trail was great. Well managed. Very few trees down over the trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 22, 2014

Short hike with lots of unavoidable rocks, and frequent sloppy wet ground. Above-the-ankle, waterproof boots are a must. The views and solitude certainly make this a hike worth doing.

hiking
Monday, August 18, 2014

To be clear, the overview and description on this hike do not match up with directions in the "drive" button above. If you do follow these directions to the West Fork Rail Trail parking lot, you will experience a nasty shock when you set out on the hike and find that it's actually 12.6 miles roundtrip to get to High Falls back.

After parking at the West Fork Trailhead in Glady, the path on the West Fork Rail Trail is 3.2 miles. Since this is a converted railbed, there is no concern of getting lost here. You'll then come to the High Falls Trail turnoff. Be on the lookout as the path is marked with a small upright post and the trail can be quite overgrown. Turn right, and the High Falls Trail then leads into the forest, which is pretty well marked with yellow and blue markers. Eventually, the High Falls and Allegheny Trails split. Be sure to keep following the Blue markers for the High Falls Trail. Around where the two trails split, you'll begin descending again and eventually meet the railroad tracks. This is where we decided to turn around because we were losing daylight and we severely underestimated the distance. Looking at the map though, if you turn right, and walk along the tracks, you'll eventually reach the falls.

Good luck!

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/West+Fork+Trail+Parking,+W+Fork+Trail,+WV+26268/High+Falls/@38.7617143,-79.7700285,15z/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b21f6c4483cb3:0x797a434b40f9fd05!2m2!1d-79.725046!2d38.788821!1m5!1m1!1s0x884b18dc41d4c6e1:0x4d575e1735584578!2m2!1d-79.7776003!2d38.7722517!3e2

hiking
Saturday, July 19, 2014

I did this trail with my 9-year-old son in July 2014. This was his first hike of any length and we did it in just over 2 hours each way. We swam and snorkeled in the spectacular swimming hole at the foot of the falls, and camped just next to the river. Didn't see another person the whole time. Just after we left, around noon on a Wednesday, we heard the tourist train arrive, presumably from Elkins.

camping
Friday, May 09, 2014

My go to early spring trip. Better before mid April when the trains run. Also, if you head upriver, you come to what was a place called "Harper," which has good camping spots and a nice riverside to explore, swim, and fish if the river is down. It is along a RR siding, so there may be RR cars sitting there, which is kinda cool, and there are springs nearby to get fresh water.

hiking
Friday, May 09, 2014

Nice trail. Not too many people traveling when I was there. Easy going gravel road. Nice views as soon as you get away from the houses.

camping
Sunday, April 27, 2014

I spend a week every April walking the tracks from Cheat Bridge, ( near the top of Cheat Mt.) to Bemis, a small hunting, fishing town about 35-45 miles away. I solo camp this and mostly see people fishing no more than a few miles down stream before I have it all to myself. The RR tracks take some getting used to walking on, but in most places there is a trail next to the tracks. Plenty of beautiful campsites to choose from next to the river, just remember to keep rising water in mind in the spring as this river will rise FAST. Cheat Falls is worth the trip no matter how you get there, and everyone you meet there always seem to be extremely friendly, at least that's my experience.

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