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“Old school deluxe: Rocky, rooty, solitude complete with small boulder hucks, yeehaw waterbars through varied terrain.”
— Steve Jones
No closures, but this is a National Forest. Be aware of deer and turkey hunting seasons. Hunting is currently (Spring, 2017) not allowed on Sunday. Suggest wearing orange during hunting seasons.
This trail is a ridge ride and has more downhill than up. It is the ridge section of Fork Mtn trail and dries quickly. It was once an old road that has grown in to a singletrack. You can still see sections of hand laid stone from the days of the CCC. It offers several Rhodo tunnels, so early June is good time to ride as is the Fall. It has a quality of adventure and solitude - essentially no cell phone service or easy ways off the trail. You may have the honor of seeing bear, wild turkey, deer and other species.
The climbs are relatively short and punchy. The trail has about 6 rock gardens, giving it a bit of a rugged, technical nature.
If you don't want to ride up Hwy 39, you can set a shuttle in the town of Richwood at the visitor's center (one block off Hwy 39 at the stop light. Go East on 39 from Richwood, turn South on Bear Run Rd off of Hwy 39. Take this gravel road to top of the mountain to find trail signs for Fork Mtn Trail. Park along the road and ride right (West) towards Richwood. After 11 miles of singletrack, the trail intersects a gravel fire road (946), go left for 2 miles, then right at a metal gate to Richwood.
Note: This trail is part of a planned 500 mile trail network that will link the New River Gorge National River area trails to the Monongahela National Forest trails.