Hiking The North Fork Mountain Trail

The MOST popular hiking trail in West Virginia.

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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. No water along route.

To reach the hiking trailhead from Petersburg, take SR 28/55 west six miles to Cabins. Turn right on Smoke Hole Road; the trailhead is a half-mile down on the right.

Overall, North Fork Mountain Trail is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 15 hikes in West Virginia. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby North Fork Mountain Trail including West Fork Trail and Dolly Sods Wilderness Area.

North Fork Trail in Monogahelia NF (WV/US)

North Fork Trail in Monogahelia NF (WV/US)

North Fork Mountain Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Monongahela National Forest (304) 257-4488; Pendelton Tourism (304) 358-7573; WV Tourism (800) CALLWVA.

Recommended Book:  "Explorers Guide West Virginia" from Leonard Adkins

Best Season:  Apr. - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

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

GPS:  38.7108, -79.4026

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/13/2016

ID:  7026

North Fork Mountain Trail Hiking Map


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