Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

Trail was pretty easy but was not maintained well. Lots of fallen trees, bad erosion and poorly marked. When interesting with the tumbling rock trail I’m pretty sure the trail marker was taken out by a fallen tree. Not bad, not great.

backpacking
1 month 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
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

For those worried about the road, there are two ways to access this trail. From inside Blackwater State Park, past the snow tubing area, you’ll need a capable 4WD and a sense of adventure. I’ve done it in a stock Wrangler. It’s muddy, rutted, rocky, etc. and also fun to drive in the proper vehicle. The second way to get to this trail is by accessing the opposite end of Canaan Loop Rd from Rt 32 just a couple miles south of Davis. From this approach the road is fairly well maintained gravel. It’s a longer drive from the Rt 32 end but you can make it in a car. Also, the trail is very muddy and wet. Don’t wear sneakers like my hiking buddy did. You’ll regret it.

backpacking
2 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
2 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.

hiking
2 months ago

Mostly beautiful with breathtaking views at end. Some places a but muddy

hiking
2 months ago

Tried to follow the directions on phone and reviews below to find the starting point but it was closed and no place to park. Was really looking forward to this

hiking
2 months ago

A nice hike. Docked it a star because you need to be prepared to get muddy. It’s a mix of open ground and heavy tree cover. Not much incline anywhere.

The drive out is long. I’m in a 4wd truck ready for off road. We can in from 32. I tried to go out the park entrance road and turned around. It’s washed out. I thought I could get down the rock face but wasn’t sure I could get back up it if I had to turn around on down the road.

Beautiful woods and a few gorgeous meadows characteristic of the area. Trail is an ankle twister, though, with many rocks. Was pretty wet too but there’d been heavy rain.

backpacking
3 months ago

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

backpacking
3 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.

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.

be careful of the creek crossings they can get a little tough depending on how much rain they have had but if you hike all the way to the big falls its beautiful down in there

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

This is one of my favorite views. The trail is an easy hike as long as you don’t mind getting muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

Thank you to Jeff Erickson below we accessed via Loop Road and route 32. Still gravel, rocky, winding and narrow but better than from State Park side. Agree, very scenic drive itself. Trail was nice and flat, yes rocks and roots but well maintained. Beautiful view at turn around point.

Great workout, especially that first few miles. Went in late July, everything (including the view points) was extremely overgrown. A fallen tree around mile 2.0 has the trail completely blocked, but if you stick to the trail that beers off just before this you will eventually meet up again. Be sure to have as much bare skin covered as possible!

hiking
3 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?

backpacking
4 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.

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 Table Rock

hiking
4 months ago

Great day hike with a beautiful vista at the end. Today it was especially muddy, but definitely passable. Unless you have a Jeep (or other serious 4WD vehicle), you can't get to the trailhead from Blackwater Falls State Park. You need to pick up Canaan Loop Road from Route 32 near Canaan Heights. From there it's a 10-ish mile drive along a gravel/dirt fire road (which is a beautiful trip in and of itself).

4 months ago

We went in early July and it was very green and beautiful. A lot of tall, old-growth canopies, lush undergrowth. The trail has some steep parts as well as flat, mossy clearing areas. We noticed some poison ivy by the trail so pants would be a plus. When you get out to the knob on the way out, you are rewarded with a beautiful view before heading back to the trailhead.

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike. Mostly level. Mostly shaded. Great views on rock outcrop. Hang on to your little hikers. Bit of a forest road drive to the trail head. I believe 9 miles or so. Worth doing.

on High Falls Trail

backpacking
4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Tried to get to this trail via Loop Rd from Blackwater Falls side & had to turn around. The road conditions are rougher than I expected. Its so washed out that there was no way my SUV would have cleared the rock drop offs. Also some very deep puddles that cannot be crossed. I recommend you find another route unless you have a Jeep & like an off-road challenge.

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike! Crossing the creek was interesting. The water was a little high so I had to take a minute to get up the nerve to make the jump across very slippery rocks. Not much to see along the trail but a good workout. I didn’t encounter any wildlife until I hit Olsen Tower Rd on the way back to my car. A bear running up over the hillside to the road gave me a pretty good scare. Also a few deer crossing the road.

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

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