North Fork Mountain Trail

HARD 30 reviews

North Fork Mountain Trail is a 17.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Riverton, West Virginia that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
17.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,411 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

river

wildlife

snow

backpacking
3 days ago

Did the whole trail with some friends, made for a great backpacking trip with fairly easy trails. Some steep climbs here and there but they were always worth it. The views are breathtaking. Defiantly gonna go back to run it sometime.

Started at the North Terminus on Smoke Hole Rd and hiked to chimney tops. Would love to come back and hike the full trail. Great views and well-marked, well-maintained trails (at least the section we did). There were Carens (spelling?) marking where to get off the trail and head up to chimney tops.

1 month ago

trails were poorly marked, down trees, swamp like mud, poison ivy everywhere, over grown in spots, i would not go on this trail unless it has been dry in the area for a consideranle amouny of time

1 month ago

Steep climb - breathtaking views

backpacking
1 month ago

Moderately hard trail with a good amount of elevation changes. Spectacular views from the overlooks. Spring at half way point.

1 month ago

I would consider this hike easier than Seneca Rocks Trail any day. We did this with a 4 year old & she hiked the whole way by herself. Gorgeous views!

2 months ago

The south terminus trail head is at a radio tower. There’s only room for 2 cars to park along the road. Don’t block the tower service entrance. Once on the trail, it’s gentle up to the ridge and while on the ridge. There are dozens of scenic overlooks. It’s absolutely breathtaking. Leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the views afforded by this hike. It’s a challenging hike but not too difficult.

5 months ago

It was snowing up there it was cold but a good hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Just did an hour out-and-back at the southern terminus along 33. Parking was not fun- just a narrow strip along the road with ambiguous no-trespassing signs. Coming in from the north/west side (out of Germany Valley) requires a hairpin u-turn on a blind corner. However, once on the trail assuming you haven’t been run over it’s awesome. Big cliffs of Tuscarora quartzite and views of Germany Valley the whole way to Spruce Knob. Bring a good camera! Also read up on the local geology-makes the landscape even more amazing.

hiking
10 months ago

Some of the best views on the eastern seaboard. It's about a 2 hour walk up from Smoke Hole. Once you reach the top, the trail runs along the ridge and offers spectacular views. Be sure to bring enough water.

hiking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

Very steep hike going up but fantastic views at the top!

Sunday, July 02, 2017

This is one of the best hikes in the state as far as amazing views go. Roughly 25 miles and a full two days...3 days would probably be more enjoyable. No water on the trail so slip in on the fire road half way and stash some water. Great hike! Enjoy!

hiking
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Are Dogs allowed on this trail or has anyone seen Hikers with them?

backpacking
Monday, June 05, 2017

This trail was more than 17 miles are watches tracked 30 miles with some taking off the beaten path to see the views. We did the trail in 2 days which was hard would recommend 3 days. Had some steep hills and a long downhill at the very end. It was worth the views of the backside of Seneca Rocks and amazing views seeing into Maryland from Chimney Rock.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The trail is 25 miles and hiked it three weeks ago south to north. One of the best backpacking trips in the South. There is one source of water halfway. Not 17 miles.

backpacking
Friday, August 12, 2016

We were lucky enough to get some trail magic (in the form of a water refill). Not a lot of water up there, but the beauty of the ridge makes up for it!

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Beautiful vistas and really great camp sites! No water makes things a bit more difficult. A really great hike!

hiking
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hiked south to north, the first 12 miles was pretty easy going with only one major climb and some incredible vistas. Camped just before the cell tower to avoid the car traffic at the top of public road 79, where we also had stashed water. The last 12 miles was much rockier and had a few steep climbs leading up to chimney rocks, after that it was all down hill and very rocky. Well worth it for the views though and had a great time.

hiking
Saturday, November 07, 2015

I've done this hike several times and have become familiar with the area over the years. I usually stash some water and food along the logging road between miles 10-12 when headed northbound. Takes an hour or so to drive the road up past the campsites at the midway point, continue to the top of the power lines, drop off supplies and drive back down. Cutting back on my water supply, food and gear made this hike so much more enjoyable. The entire hike is filled with trail spurs and awesome overlooks which I've taken advantage of with the lighter pack and preparation. Sections North of the midway campsites are still recovering from a fire a couple years back so I haven't seen the spring there useful.

hiking
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

We hiked this trail from South to North. I consider this a medium to difficult trail with a few steep ascents and a brutal descent at the end. You will want to carry some water. The only water to be found is a spring at the mid point. If you don't want to try to scoop water out of the deep, leaf filled box, go down the hill about 40 ft. and get water from the pipe sticking out from the hill side. The water was running fast and cold on this trip. The camp site at the mid point is awful. It is along the side of a road that gets some traffic from the local bear hunters with their dogs and others going to the top of the hill to leave there beer cans and bottles behind. You can avoid this site by filling up on water at the spring then getting back on the trail for about another .5 to .75 of a mile to a small site on the left. It is big enough for a small tent and a few hammocks. The views make it well worth the trip.

hiking
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

wonderful and difficult trip to do. Water is a problem but there is a source If you bring a filter. The views are breathtaking and well worth the trip. I would highly recommend this trail, but for people who have experience with hiking and backpacking. Make sure to pack lots of water though. I would bring 6 or 7 liters just fire drinking water

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2011

Great trip but the rationing of water along with the extra weight of the water made for a grueling pack weight and slight dehydration the whole time. Learned my lesson on the trip to do my future trips close to water. Was able to see the milky way along with satellites at night though first time for that.

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