Located in West Virginia, the hiking in Monongahela Forest is known for three cool hikes. The best Monongahela Forest hiking based on popularity are considered to be North Fork Mountain Trail, West Fork Trail, and Dolly Sods Wilderness Area. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Monongahela Forest hiking trail below.
Southwest of Petersburg near Cabins in the Monongahela National Forest, the 14 mile North Fork Mountain Trail (#501) starts at North Fork Gap and hikes along the edge of North Fork Mountain. It runs along the top of a palisade, overlooking a gorge cut by the north fork of the South Branch of the Potomac and serving up magnificent views of nearby Cave Mountain and the distant Blue Ridge. The rocky and occasionally steep hiking trail takes you through oak-hickory stands and mountain laurel thickets to a radio tower on FS 79.
East of Davis and Elkins in the Monongahela National Forest, the 10,200 acre Dolly Sods Wilderness Area has 25 miles of hiking trails. The routes tend to follow old railroad grades and logging roads. Dolly Sods Wilderness occupies the lower half of the drainage of the north fork of Red Creek.