21 miles
Distance
2,698 ft
Climb
-3,881 ft
Descent
4,257 ft
High Point

Fork Mountain Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
    • Snowshoe
  • Riding Area
    Kennison Mountain
    Richwood, West Virginia
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    XC
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Local Popularity
    5 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
    • 5 in Snowshoeing
  • Land Manager
    Monongahela National Forest

Set a shuttle in Richwood, then drive east on Hwy 39/55 to Kennison Mtn. Begin at the Kennison Mtn parking lot and cross Hwy 39/55 heading south on Kennison Mountain Trail skirting Blue Knob to the west. Turn right on Pocahontas Trail #263, crossing a grassy road heading west. At the intersection of Pocahontas Trail #263 and Fork Mountain Trail - East Section, go left.

Follow the singletrack for a climb and descent that leads over Hill Creek (rideable unless just after a rain). When you encounter a paved trail, follow it to the Falls of Hills Creek parking lot. From there, continue to Highway 39/55 and turn left (west) for just over a mile-and-a-half of easy paved pedaling to reach Bear Run Road.

A four mile gravel road climb takes riders to the top of Fork Mountain and handily avoids the Fork Mountain Trail - Water Bar Section which would be absolute misery to try and climb because of the massive water bars. At the top, continue on the Fork Mountain Trail - Ridge Section for 13-miles of rugged and scenic singletrack that follows the trace of a hand-laid road.

When you come to the gravel road (FSR #946), turn left and follow it down to a yellow metal gate which you can pass on the right, turn right and follow the paved road into Richwood. You can also cross the gravel road and continue across a grassy area to the 3 mile downhill final section of Fork. There is typically mud in a flat area that will be fixed in the next couple of years with a bridge and a ride around.

You can ride this as a 72-mile loop for the very fit, known locally as the Yew Mountain Doozy - check its Facebook page. Yes, there really is one, https://www.facebook.com/WVDoozy

More Stats for Fork Mountain Trail bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -1,183 ft
  • Altitude min
    2,339 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,603 ft
  • Altitude end
    2,421 ft
  • Grade
    -1.048%
  • Grade max
    -29.742%
  • Grade min
    42.529%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    3 miles
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  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
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  • State land
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
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      May 17, 2019 @ 9:33am
      May 17, 2019
      1 Large tree down across trail, blocking trail at halfway point. Will get cut very soon.
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