North Fork Mountain Trail to Chimney Top

HARD 19 reviews

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
2007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

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

hiking
22 days 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!

28 days 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! :)

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2 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!

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2 months ago

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2 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.

2 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.

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2 months ago

RC trail truck heaven. Very good trail

2 months ago

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3 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
3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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.

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4 months ago

4 months ago

Great views at the top! Well worth the climb.

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4 months ago

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

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015