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blueBlack Fork Mountain Trail - Water Bar Section

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2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 37' 11 m
Descent: -780' -238 m
High: 4,223' 1,287 m
Low: 3,443' 1,049 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Steve Jones

A challenging section of the Fork Mountain Trail that makes for a fun descent and a miserable going in the reverse.

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This is a National Forest. Hunting is allowed, except on Sunday. Check deer, turkey and bear hunting seasons.

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Dubbed the "Water Bar Trail," this 2.5 mile section of the Fork Mountain Trail is filled with sizable water bars. These make for an unjustifiable amount of suffering to attempt climbing. But, in descending from the west, they turn into a fun and fast romp.

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#7

in Richwood

#18115

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#7

in Richwood

#296

in West Virginia

#18,115

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Most folks ride up Bear Run Rd to the top of Fork Mtn, then go left at the Fork Mtn trail sign to the "Water bar trail". There is one short swampy area that will soon have a boardwalk built across it. Note: Many of the water bars are so high you can't see the landings. Jul 12, 2017
Trail received recent (8/2017) maintenance from local volunteers and the YCC - it's in good shape. Aug 2, 2017
40 waterbars in 1.5 miles, some up to 5 feet high - Yeehaw! Sep 1, 2017

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