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Easy hike not a great view but it is the states high point so if it’s there do it

backpacking
muddy
over grown
snow
11 days ago

There is a lot of down trees and crossing the creek in spots was really difficult. I was happy that it was below freezing or it would have been a lot muddier. It was nice and secluded.

backpacking
rocky
1 month ago

nice trail. I hiked out in a 45mph wind advisory at 5°f . needless to say it was cold. but the majority of the trail is in relatively dense forest so wind wasn't so bad. alot of rocks and it seems that the trail would be a very wet one if it hadn't been frozen solid. I hiked to the end , stayed a day and hiked back out making for a easy weekend. plenty of parking at the spruce knob lot, bathrooms, trash cans and we'll labeled . plenty of blaze marks and well taken care of. i gave a 4 star cuz of the amount of rocks on the trail you'll spend most of your time with your face to the dirt rather than being able to look around and take it all in.

camping
rocky
1 month ago

I’ve made this trip many times, all my devises say it’s just under 6 miles. The ups and downs are steep and rocky but manageable. I go camp for up to 6 days and carry up to 50lbs of gear and it’s approximately 2.5 hours from road to falls.

Lumberjack is a mess but love the Seneca Creek area. Does anyone know if Seneca Creek trail is actually passable all the way to Whites Run? Thinking of trying to Connect Dolly Sods to Roaring Plains to Seneca Creek to Spruce Knob! All Trails Map makes it look doable...

2 months ago

This trail leads you to a stone road in the middle of the woods. No views, pretty muddy, and not worth the effort.

hiking
3 months ago

Such a great view! I completed the trail in October - it definitely has some muddy patches but overall is well marked and fairly well maintained. As far as the drive in goes, Canaan Loop Road (FR 13) is a loop. The trailhead is approximately halfway through the loop. The section of the loop that goes from Blackwater Falls to just before the trailhead requires four wheel drive. However, the section that begins on 32 in Canaan Heights is drivable with a car (mine is a Honda Accord) without four wheel drive, at least in the summer and fall.

Great camp spot and climbing spot. A few routes are set up for top belay, and also a ton of bouldering, only about 25 minutes from Elkins, WV.

hiking
3 months 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.

Trail was very enjoyable but we only saw two blazes the entire time. It was easy to get off trail, I believe I would’ve gotten lost if it weren’t for All Trails.... also, the shelter is badly in need of some love

May be slightly difficult for a beginning. Continuous uphill slope, but it has a nice view at the end with a picnic area. Very rocky (and slippery when wet). Make sure you have good boots!

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.

Completed this trail on 10-22-18, beautiful views up top, some snow on the ground as well. The trail was very muddy especially at the base due to the recent rain and snowmelt. Very nice hike that doesn't take too long to get to the top.

Completed this hike over last weekend. Very easy trail and very straightforward. One of the first times I think the trail is too well marked. Parking is possible right across the trailhead. Views at the top were not that great except only in one direction, but the area around summit is very well done. A statue indicating the Maryland/Delaware border can be found on the same trail. The USA’s smallest church can also be found right down the road. Overall was a great leisurely hike but fours stars just because it was quite muddy and nothing really too special unless you’re a Highpointer.

hiking
5 months ago

Trail is great. For people complaining that it is not maintained. Its called back country!!!

Quick, continuous uphill slope with beautiful views at the top. There's only a small sign for the trail on a busy road, so there aren't huge crowds, which is always nice.

hiking
5 months ago

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
5 months ago

Have hiked and backpacked all over this watershed, and fished Seneca Ck for nearly 40 years, now. Without question, this is God's country, any season. Be prepared, take your time, and ENJOY!

This is a beautiful little walk that can have some of the best reflection photos anywhere.

hiking
5 months ago

Thanks to other reviewers, was able to easily find the beginning. With all the rhododendron, trail is a little tricky to follow on the way up, just keep a close eye out for the rock cairns. View at the top is beautiful.

backpacking
5 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.

Nice walk that’s scenic and pleasant. A gem on the edge of Thomas

backpacking
5 months ago

hiking
6 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
6 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
6 months ago

So once I found the right road to start from the trail head was easy to find. At first I started from a road that had a kiosk and I thought was 70 but was not, so I wasted about an hour looking for the cairn off the wrong road. A few miles up the road 70 was clearly marked. The first few cairns are easy to spot but get harder and harder to follow because there is so much moss and fungus growing on them they blend right in. It was exciting to search for them but it would be easy to lose the trail and I was by myself. Overall it was a really fun scrabbley little trail and was beautiful at the top.
Thanks to Michiko's comment with directions on how to find it otherwise I would've missed out on this one.

hiking
6 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
6 months ago

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

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