Hiking The Fore Mountain Trail

The 21st most popular hiking trail in Virginia.

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East of Covington in the George Washington National Forest, the Fore Mountain Trail is a 15 mile hiking route through upland hardwoods and pines that are typical of high elevation forests of the Allegheny Mountains. A variety of wildlife including white tail deer, turkey, grouse, squirrel, and an occassional black bear may be seen along this trail. Hikers following this winding trail will enjoy several nice views as they travel through stands of hardwoods. The Fore Mountain Trail begins at the Dolly Anne Work Center, just off US 60 east of Covington and ends near Douthat State Park, where it becomes the Middle Mountain Trail and continues north another 5.5 miles to FDR 125.

Overall, Fore Mountain Trail is the 21st most popular hiking trail of all 23 hikes in Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Fore Mountain Trail including Three Ridges, Signal Knob Loop, Shenandoah Mountain Trail, Allegheny Trail, North Mountain Trail and Dry Run TrailWolf Ridge Trail.


Local Contact(s):  George Washington National Forest (540) 265-5100; Virginia Tourism (800) 847-4882.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking Virginia" from Bill Burnham

Best Season:  May - Sept.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/gwj/

GPS:  37.7781, -79.96368

Date Published:  4/2/2016

Date Updated:  6/24/2016

ID:  14658


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