North Fork Mountain Trail: Route 33 to Route 28

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Monongahela National Forest

North Fork Mountain Trail: Route 33 to Route 28 is a 25.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length25.1 miElevation gain3,149 ftRoute typePoint to point
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If you're looking for a spectacular multi-day backpacking trip, this is the trail for you. The North Fork Mountain Trail runs all the way from Route 33, northeast up to Route 28. The route on this page has the hiker starting at the southern terminus, Route 33, and then hiking the entirety of the route. Hikers can start this route from either direction, and there are even access trails for those looking to shorten their trip. For this route, it would be best to either leave a car or get a ride from the other end of the trail. The views along this trail are incredible, as you traverse the spine of North Fork Mountain. There are many campsites along the way. You'll have to park your car right along 33, but there is parking there.

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Elijah Adkins
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Easily one of the best trails in WV, and I’m a native! Very well maintained with awesome views and quality camping spots. Not overly trafficked either.

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Mike Passaportis
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I did an out-and-back on 12/10/20, beginning at Route 33 and camping at the first spot after the spring. The spring had a steady flow. I don't know about the northern half of the trail but there aren't plenty of springs as the Alltrails description suggests, just the one at about half way. The views are spectacular and on n both sides of the ridge. The trail was also deserted - I didn't pass a soul out there and the only sign of humans were from the hunters in the valley. There are several great campsites between Route 33 and the spring, all sheltered from the wind, which can really pick up on the ridge. Great hike and I look forward to doing the northern part.

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spencer hall
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Anthony Chapman
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CampingRocky

This is a strenuous hike without a doubt. Tons of elevation change and very few flat portions. Challenging yet rewarding with some incredible views. Hiked with my man Dan Delagrange so you can reference his review which is mad accurate. We did this over 3 days and 2 nights. Rugged trail and not for the faint of heart....

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Dan Delagrange
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As others have said, this is a really good hike with more changing scenery than you'd expect from a ridge top. The views are indeed amazing throughout—especially at the handful of cliffs right next to the trail—but the trail itself is so craggy that you're constantly looking down so as not to destroy your ankles. We dropped off water halfway so we didn't check the spring. We parked on the side of the road near the radio tower on route 33; it looked like there was room for about six or seven cars, and there are other little turnouts further down the road if all those spots are taken.

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Eric J
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Eric J
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Kingdom Hikes
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Great hike, with amazing diversity for a ridge hike. We were there Oct 9-11 2020, and the spring was bone dry. It had been unseasonably dry in WV, and luckily we stopped and verified the water level before we started. We stashed enough water to get us through and even had enough to help a group of hikers that would have had to bail out early. Consider bringing food that does not need to be rehydrated on this hike so you are not wasting valuable water, or take an extra 15 minutes and follow smoke hole rd south to Rt33 and verify water levels on the way. It only adds about 15-20 minutes at most and it will save you the headaches of bailing out early.

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Kingdom Hikes
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Nancy Hill
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Absolutely amazing!!! Beautiful vistas. We did it in 2 days, but wished we would have taken our time and gone 3 days.

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Brody Johnson
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Hiked it a few years ago. Great hike. Water can be an issue but with planning very doable. We did two days but I think 3 may be a better plan with all the views. You can find me on Instagram at Mountaineer97 if you want to ask me any questions.

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Emily Ann
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Amazing, underrated trail. Saw no one on day one, except for a fawn, baby bear, bald eagle and many chipmunks. Day two was a few backpackers and dozens of day hikers at the Chimney Top. Start at Rt. 33 and go north if you’d like to avoid climbing the mountain up to Chimney Rocks. It was mid-June, weather was perfect, spring was running and the mountain laurel thickets were in bloom.

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Josiah Pope
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Michael Ruhl
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David Gainer
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Emily Ann
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Neil Greenwell
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Jeremiah Johnson
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Austin Tubaugh
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Morgan Heczko
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Michael Broyer
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Takeya Tsunokawa
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Drew Villeneuve
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