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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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2.7

Miles

4.3

KM

Singletrack

4,223' 1,287 m

High

3,443' 1,049 m

Low

37' 11 m

Up

780' 238 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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

Need to Know

Difficulty and risk is speed dependent. The water bars are abrupt, so they tend to put your weight forward when hitting them. That can result in a nasty front flip if you are going too fast. Control your speed.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Steve Jones with improvements by Robin Bruns

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes

#5

in Richwood

#13318

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  4.0 from 2 votes
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#5

in Richwood

#273

in West Virginia

#13,318

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Using Bear Run Road to access the water bar downhill section of Fork Mountain Trail.
Dec 31, 1969 near Richwood, WV
Just after the sharp left turn at the beginning of the downhill section. Get ready for 40 waterbars in the next 1.5 miles. Yeehaw!
Sep 1, 2017 near Richwood, WV
Gathering sufficient speed to "ghost" over the biggest water bar.
Sep 1, 2017 near Richwood, WV
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