Fork Mountain Trail - Ridge Section
ElevationAscent: 652' 199 m
Descent: -1,751' -534 m
High: 4,223' 1,287 m
Low: 3,082' 939 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“Old school deluxe! Rocky, rooty, solitude complete with small boulder hucks and yeehaw water bars through mixed terrain.”— Steve Jones
Electric Mountain Bikes Not Allowed
As it follows the ridge, the trail travels through several rhododendron tunnels, so early 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.
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 unmapped section of trail beyond FSR #946 has a bridge out and is not recommended. At the road, simply follow it left to descend back toward Richwood.