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North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top

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Cabins, West Virginia

North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top is a 5.3 mile heavily 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 and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,971 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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

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Joe Zwick
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Hiking

Amazing views. Challenging. Starts a steep incline right from the start. Loose rock areas can be dangerous. Hiking sticks would be ideal here. Legitimate cliffs on this hike where you need to be real careful. Very windy at the top of Chimney Top. Overall one of my favorite hikes.

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Donna Cline
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Challenging hike. We only went up to Chimney Top, but the trail continues on. Didn't see any wildlife but could see snakes being an issue. Absolutely beautiful views at the top. The last mile-ish to Chimney Top is the most challenging. Stop and catch your breath - it's totally worth it!

Joshua Fedorski
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Hiking

Progressively difficult until the top. View is worth it. Stay hydrated!

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Bert S.
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Hiking

Excellent hike. The trail is fairly narrow, but well marked, with blue blazes. I didn’t track my hike due to phone difficulties, but according to my wife’s Apple Watch, the hike clocks in at about 5.8 miles round trip. (Take that for what it’s worth.) At about 1.7-ish, you arrive at a rock outcropping that overlooks the surrounding valleys and mountains, which alone is well worth the hike. There are small side trails to other outcroppings for the next mile or so. Just before reaching the summit, you’ll see a cairn with an arrow pointing up, where you take a steep climb to the final summit. Getting to the top of the rocks at the Chimney Top summit will involve some climbing, but trust me: it is worth it. I’ve seen some people mention snakes on the trail, but we only saw one very small black snake. Nothing too alarming. Then again, it was a holiday weekend, so the trail was busy.

Moises Reyes
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Sarah Davis
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Taylor Flor
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Hiking

This was hands down one of the best hikes my boyfriend and I have been on. It’s a slight incline the whole way up and once you get to the last leg, it’s HARD. We both are pretty active and athletic people and this hike was definitely strenuous for us! But soooo worth it!!! The views once you get to the top are nothing like I’ve experienced before! If you’re ready for a challenging hike, this is for you!

Erin Murphy
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Hiking

Great hike for the family. We took our 10 y/o and 12 y/o, no problem for them. I don’t recommend taking the family dog. Our lab didn’t make it to Chimney Top.

Amelia Young
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Definitely was not prepared for that last little bit of incline bit definitely worth it!

Clisby White
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(November 2019) Went into this hike thinking it wouldn't be that big of a deal. I definitely underestimated it and it was quite a workout. Great views along the way as you get closer to the top. Definitely stayed a while at the top to really enjoy it.

Kristy Adkins
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By far the best hike I’ve ever completed so far. A complete uphill sweat session, but my goodness the views at the top were beyond worth it!!! The last 1/4 mile scramble to reach Chimney Top was the most difficult. There are places at around 2 miles in to step out on the rocks and take in the sweeping valley views. Chimney Top 360 view was breathtaking. I perched on one of the highest rocks I could climb onto and enjoyed my lunch with the birds soaring and gliding all around. I think I left a part of my soul up there and I can’t wait to go back and explore more of North Fork Mountain trail.

Ronielle Cole
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Hiking

Beautiful trail surrounded by wild azaleas. Several overlooks along the way. The incline gets steeper the further you go. There is a stack of rocks that points up toward chimney top. This is where the trail seems to be most steep. Keep moving forward, it’s well worth it!

Kamal Sohal
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Hiking

Once you get past the first mile, there’s many overlooks with great views. Keep an eye out of the last 0.1 scramble; I missed it and ended up walking an additional mile past it. I had a chance to stand near chimney rock in rain and thunderstorms; it was awesome!

Jeremy Witter
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Hiking

Great trail! Some of the better views I've seen in East coast mountains. Really rewarding climb that doubles as a solid workout.

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Carrie Andrews
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. Nice wooded beginning up the hill surrounded by wild azalea. Thought I saw a peregrine falcon there, too. Nice climb to the ridge. Nice views and places to grab a snack/lunch. Walked to the white rock cairn and then turned right to summit to the chimney top. Fun climbing there to figure out a route to the top on the rocks. Nice spot to watch the falcons fly. Constant elevation gain on this one, but not hard. Would have taken about 3 hours but I kept walking on North Fork trail and then down Landis to add some miles. Well-marked, safe trail.

Caroline Wylie
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Great hike! Little strenuous, especially toward the top. Probably not great for beginners. Too foggy the day we went so not much of a view, but very cool and beautiful otherwise.

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Patrick Vestal
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Great trail some markers worn out but path is clear. Great views and plenty of shade.

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Alex Fisher
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One of the most spectacular hikes of my life. the views of the rocks and the mountains are breathtaking.

Josh Guertin
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Hiking

Great hike - awesome views on the outcrops on the way up - challenging to get a big dog to the top at the very end, but worth it (we like to think he loved the amazing view too)

Mack Meller
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Hiking

What a hike. Pictures don't do justice for how gorgeous the views are at the top in all directions. Even the trail up through the woods is quite nice with all the pine needles on the ground this time of year. A few notes: - I spooked 2 snakes that must've been resting near the trail - one was definitely not a rattlesnake but one may have been, I didn't get a good look at it. So make sure you watch where you're stepping especially if you go off the trail! - Getting to the summit where the most spectacular view is can be a little confusing and requires a small scramble, but it's absolutely doable and worth it. When you get to what appears to be the end of the trail which is where the rock formation known as "chimney top" is you actually have to go DOWN first to the right into a crack between two big rock formations. The crack is covered in small shards of stone and almost looks like a trail itself. Go directly across the crack and pull yourself up to the second rock formation using several good handholds and footholds, and you should see the summit symbol and great views on top.

Maggie Fedorocsko
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes in West Virginia! Pretty easy in the beginning and a little bit of scrambling to get to the peak - but it is well, well worth it. Outstanding views!

Pete Schomburg
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5 stars for the top, and the rocky outcroppings and ledges. the view is in my top 3 within driving distance around DCmetro. trail leading to the top was ok.. nothing special. not complaining..just wasnt anything to write about. good workout. i can see the second half being very challenging for many people. just keep going, youre almost there!

Jonathan Dooley
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First off if you have not been here for sunrise your totally missing out! My buddy and I hiked up to the summit in the dark with headlamps on Saturday and we made it to the summit just in time for the most beautiful sunrise we have ever seen in our lives! we were literally above the clouds (Check Out The Photos) It was truely heavenly and breathtaking! This hike never gets old we have done it several times, its a constant ascent and steady climb so be up for some exercise but its totally worth it! NOTE: Once you reach the ridge continue along the trail and keep an eye out for the cairn of rocks on the right of the trail thats the trail that leads to the summit! EXTRA: There are a few great spots to camp along the trail one spot toward the bottom of the mountain (right of the trail) and one near the summit so whichever you prefer, but I would totally try the one at the top so you can enjoy the amazing sunset and then also enjoy a cup of coffee or Hot cocoa as you take in the sunrise the next morning! GIVE IT A TRY YOU WON'T REGRET IT! ENJOY AND GOD BLESS!

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