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Fork Mountain Trail - Ridge Section

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Old school deluxe! Rocky, rooty, solitude complete with small boulder hucks and yeehaw water bars through mixed terrain.

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4,223' 1,287 m


3,082' 939 m


652' 199 m


1,751' 534 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Be aware of deer and turkey hunting seasons and plan on wearing orange if riding during those times.


This is a ridge ride that has more downhill than up as it encompasses the western 13 miles of cleared Fork Mountain Trail. It was once an old road that has constricted into a great singletrack. It's still possible to see the stones that were hand laid during the CCC days.

As it follows the ridge, the trail travels through several rhododendron tunnels, so June and the Fall are some of the best times to ride. The remote area has a quality of solitude and adventure. There's essentially no cell phone service or easy ways off the trail, so come prepared.

You can escape down Big Run or North Bend trails. Big Run is 6 miles in from Bear Run Road and can make a loop. Big Run is a technical downhill (in the drainage ditch) and has a blue variation that bounces back and forth around the drainage ditch called "Pin Ball Wizard". North Bend trail is 13 miles in. North Bend is a fun and fast downhill.

Continuing past North Bend, there is a nice series of smooth waterbars in a downhill section before Desert Branch (gravel) road. Can exit left there to Richwood or cross the gravel road and continue down to the Gauley Ranger Station area on Hwy 39.

As you pedal you may have the honor of seeing bear, wild turkey, deer and other species. Climbs are relatively short but can be punchy. The trail also features about six rock gardens for a nice rugged and technical feel.

To access the top of this section of the Fork Mountain Trail, riders can pedal or shuttle Highway 39 and then take Bear Run Road to reach a convenient starting area. The Richwood Visitor Center makes a good place to park or leave a recovery vehicle. Currently, the section of trail beyond FSR #946 (called Fork Mtn trail - Desert Branch section) has 2 new bridges. This version if rideable now with a little mud. Alternatively, at the road, simply follow it left to descend back toward Richwood.


Shared By:

Steve Jones with improvements by Robin Bruns

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Rolling along on Fork Mtn trail
Apr 7, 2020 near Richwood, WV
Summer Ferns on Fork Mtn trail.  Photo by Joe DeGaetano.
Jul 4, 2020 near Richwood, WV
Fall colors on Fork Mountain Trail.
Oct 16, 2020 near Richwood, WV
Riders pass a rock formation on the Fork Mountain Trail in early Fall. Photo by Mike Boyes.
May 23, 2017 near Richwood, WV
One of the Rhodo sections on the PocaFork ride. Photo by Mike Boyes.
Jul 7, 2017 near Richwood, WV
Boulder hopping on the Fork Mountain Trail.
May 23, 2017 near Richwood, WV


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Jul 19, 2020
Kathleen Hall
beautiful trail! 12.8mi
Sep 30, 2018
Phillip Troutman
Rode Fork Mt Trail from Bear Run Rd to escape catch at Big Run Trail (mi 5.3). Some small fallen branches and two small trees fallen. 5.3mi