North Fork Mountain For Mountain Biking

The 7th most popular mountain bike trail in West Virginia.

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West of Franklin in the Monongahela National Forest, the 24 mile, one-way North Fork Mountain Trail (#501) is a challenging ridge-top singletrack known as the best mountain bike ride in the state. The route runs deep through eastern hardwood forests with vistas of Seneca Rocks, the North Fork of the Potomac River and the magnificent Germany Valley. Ride it south to north. Watch out for a jog in the trail to the east when crossing a logging road at the 10 mile point (continues off the logging roads third switchback). No water along route.

To reach the southern trailhead from Franklin, head west on SR33 for 9 miles to the top of North Mountain. Park about 200 feet west of the radio tower on the right. The trail starts behind the radio tower on the north side of the road.

To reach the northern trailhead from Franklin, head west on SR33 to Seneca Rocks and then north on SR28. About a mile past Smoke Hole, turn right on Smoke Hole Road (aka CR 28/11 or FS74) for 0.3 miles to trailhead parking.

Overall, North Fork Mountain is the 7th most popular mountain bike trail of all 32 mountain biking rides in West Virginia. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby North Fork Mountain including Slatyfork / Gauley / Tea Creek, Greenbrier River Trail, Kennison Mountain Trail, Cheat Mountain Club Loop, Stony River Reservoir Loop and Allegheny TrailLaurel Creek Trail.

North Fork Trail in Monogahelia NF (WV/US)

North Fork Trail in Monogahelia NF (WV/US)

North Fork Mountain Mountain Biking Map



Local Contact(s):  Monongahela National Forest (304) 257-4488; Pendelton Tourism (304) 358-7573; WV Tourism (800) CALLWVA; CMI Extreme Sports, Franklin (304) 358-7041.

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Harmans North Fork Cottages, Hopeville (304) 257-2220; Wildernest Inn, Upper Tract (304) 257-9076

Luxury Loding:  North Fork Mountain Inn, Cabins; (304) 257-1108

Breakfast Restaurant:  Thompsons, Franklin; Hendricks 4-U Cafe, Seneca

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  38.7108, -79.4026

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  4/6/2018

ID:  11008

North Fork Mountain Mountain Biking Map


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