North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top

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North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cabins, West Virginia that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,975 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Difficult hike but well worth the effort. Views are spectacular from Chimney Top.

hiking
15 hours ago

started off as the only people on the trail, pretty eerie. but as we decended, we crossed paths with a handful of other hikers! a lot of bushwhacking to the summit, would recommend long pants if you want to avoid scratches! such a beautiful view, great place for photo ops!

1 day ago

Took about 3 hours total out and back. Amazing views at the top. It's uphill for almost a solid 3 miles, the trail up to chimney top is marked by rock stacks along the trail. The trail is well marked the whole way and is even clear on the side trail to chimney top. The side trail is very very steep so be prepared. This trail is definitely difficult but totally worth it the the views.

hiking
1 month ago

The effort you expend on this hike is well rewarded with not just one, but two separate spectacular overlooks. Majority of the hike is through the woods and the lower part consists of some relatively simple switchbacks, but becomes strenuous - and rock laden - as you progress. (Trekking poles will prove very helpful) The first overlook is a little over 2 miles in and is a great spot to take a break and have a snack. Keep going along the ridge and ultimately you'll need to really work for the summit, as the last third of a mile or so is very steep.

The payoff at Chimney Rock is definitely worth it - and you'll be rewarded with an absolutely amazing summit! Take some time and soak it in! As an added bonus, the day I was there I got to watch a pair of peregrine falcons searching for prey in the forest below.

A highly recommended hike!

(Remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen, as the sun rips though the forest for a good chunk of the hike)

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing weather and a last minute decision to do this hike proved to be worth much more than the effort and I’ll definitely do it again. Nice ascent and great quality trail. The views at the top and along with way are insanely beautiful! The hike down is a little boring but made interesting by doing it as a trail run.

hiking
1 month ago

We decided to do this trail on the 4th... unfortunately we got a little later start than we wanted and ended up catching the heat wave in the middle of the day. We loved the hike but in our opinion their are much better hikes around the area. Overall I’d rate it a very strenuous hike, try to do it on a cooler day and you won’t be disappointed. Almost Heaven never disappoints! After the trail, make the trip to Hellbenders in Davis, WV... I promise it’ll be worth it.

1 month ago

Very difficult & I'm in pretty good shape! Awesome views, worth the pain!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked in morning to catch the sunrise over the mountains was beautiful.... was definitely hard towards the peak for a pack a day smoker but still enjoyed the view at the end

hiking
4 months ago

Definitely hard on the legs but the view is so worth it!!! Pack a lunch to enjoy at the top ;) (just remember to leave it better than you found it)

hiking
4 months ago

This is by far the best view in the state of WV! The trail starts off right from the start with some crazy elevation gain. the spur trail leading up to Chimney Top is the steepest section but only about .3 miles. once you get there, if you want to get on top of the main chimney you have to do a little climbing up a 5 ft rock wall that it VERY easy for anyone that made it this far. Once you get to it you will not be disappointed. Looking out across you see a wonderful view of German Valley and looking back into the south you will see Virginia! Wonder 360° view and I will for sure backpack the whole trail in the near future!

hiking
5 months ago

I would rank the view from Chimney Top the best in the state, hands down. The trail is difficult and you work for the reward, but man, is it one hell of a reward. The trail itself was steep in places, rocky in others, and steep and rocky in some places alltogether, but I would hike this 10 more times given the chance and I don't think I would tire of the view.

5 months ago

Great and hard hike. We hiked this today, and got to the main overlook in about an hour and 15 minutes. Note: the bulk of the length of this trail is in the woods. The bulk of the elevation, though, is once you hit the ridge with the overlooks. Don't let the elevation rate on that map fool you. It most certainly isn't that gradual.

That said, of all the hikes I've done, I think the view from this hike is the most varied and special. While the 360° view is not completely unobstructed, I personally believe it is much better than Old Rag.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked up to chimney top from the North slope 7-23-17. Spectacular view looking south west toward spruce knob. Took appoximately 2 hours to climb and only 1 hour to descend. Amazing how quiet it is at the top ridge.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for some serious elevation gain. If you continue along the trail at about the 6 mile mark you'll reach the high point of the North Fork Mountain Ridge. The views from here offer great views of the ridges and valleys. A 12 mile total out and back is nothing to sneeze at when the total elevation gain came in around 3,400'

hiking
9 months ago

This hike has one of the best 360 views i have had the pleasure of enjoying.. The hike is not extremely difficult but can be steep in certain areas. Worth every step. Take your time and enjoy the views!

9 months ago

We arrived at 8:30 AM on a Saturday, during the height of fall time, and did not spot a soul. We had an exhausting, yet peaceful hike up to the Chimney Tops. We were able to traverse rather easily up onto the right “chimney”, but really didn’t see a safe way to climb the other. From the chimneys, you get sweeping views all around; very pretty. Once you hit the ridge line, there’s endless spots to venture out and take in the views (it just depends how much brush you wanna whack through). I highly recommend continuing on past Chimney Tops for about another 1/2 mile or so until you reach the meadow with the camp site at it (you will pass a sign nailed to a tree dated 2008 regarding perguine falcon nesting, the meadow is about 5 or so more minutes past this sign). At this meadow, bushwhack/find the narrow overgrown paths that lead to the ridge line. The photo I recently uploaded is just one of several vantage points at this location, and is really perfect for pictures. I recommend getting a friend to snap your photo from 1 rock while you stand on the other...it really highlights the immensity of the mountains around you and is very beautiful. On the way back down, we passed a few smaller groups of people, and when we made it back to the car, there were about 7 or so cars there...but really nothing compared to other hikes in the area that get PACKED during Fall. It really blows me away that such a beautiful hike doesn’t receive the fanfare it deserves, but the more hikes that keep that sort of serenity, the better! :)

11 months ago

you can easily miss the best view, and it's a doozy of a hike for WV but boy it's gorgeous and well worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

Was a decently hard trail very pretty, and is forgiving of those who just started hiking, and picking random trails, but compared to most trails a few miles down the road from this trail, I was not that impressed with the view, and also half of these photos we did not see anything that remotely looked half way near them.

11 months ago

Spectacular views that handsomely reward you for your effort. Not for the faint of heart or weak legged. From the chimney landmarks up is punishing, but the view will pay you back every tolling ache to get there. Take enough water as there is no access on this trail.

hiking
11 months ago

RC trail truck heaven. Very good trail

hiking
11 months ago

I would definitely recommend this hike for anyone..it is a difficult climb however, the view at the top is absolutely worth it..it was a steady up hill climb all the way to the top with multiple switchbacks along the way..the trail was very easily identified with blue diamonds to assist..once you make it to the top and begin following the cliffs to your right, there are multiple places to stop and take amazing photos...you can't miss the trail that leads up to chimney top, as it's marked by two stone pillars..from there it's pretty steep to get up to the top but, once you make it, it's incredible..arguably the most beautiful views in our state..cant wait to go back in the fall!!

hiking
Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The best trail on the east coast, insane views, highly recommend. Caught sunrise over the mountains, sunset is preferred at this location.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I definitely recommend this hike, as long as you don't mind bushwhacking a bit to the viewpoints and don't mind an overgrown trail. The bushwhacking is minimal, however, and the overgrown bits on the trail are still easily passable. We actually stupidly missed the vantage point of Chimney Top itself, which is a trail that bears off to the right up a steep hill at around the 2.6 mile mark. It's marked by two stacks of rocks (2 chimneys). We didn't pick up on that until after! Anyways, walk further down the blue blazed trail and you'll come to overgrown grass and a campsite. If you traverse towards the ridgeline through the thicket of grasses and brush, you will find sweeping, incredible views here as well. All in all, this hike was right at 7 miles according to our tracker, but with all the back and forths you'll do at the viewpoints, and us walking further than Chimney Top itself, it makes sense. Fall time would probably be the best time to go, given the colors and minimal bugs, but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves in early July.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great views at the top! Well worth the climb.

hiking
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A great view awaits you after a steady uphill climb. Once you reach the ridge line the views are plentiful.

backpacking
1 month ago

recorded north fork trail

hiking
3 months ago

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