Wall Fork is a great trail with a wide variety of conditions, from technical rock gardens to faster, flowing sections. It is a bit off the beaten path. Access is from the rear of Kanawha State Forest.
At the end of the paved road, two dirt roads will bear off on the left. Take the left road of these two roads, Middle Ridge Road (Forest Rd. 801)
for approximately a quarter mile. Then, at an intersection, Middle Ridge Road (Forest Rd. 801)
will bear left. Turn right onto another gas well access road (East Boundary Road
Stay on this road for approximately 1.3-1.4 miles. About 0.6 miles into this road, there is an intersection where you'll want to bear left. At about 1.25 miles in, at the top of a rise, there is another intersection. Stay to the right on the road through a short dip. Climbing out of this dip, you'll see high-voltage power lines crossing the road. The entrance to the trail is on the left just past the power lines. It is marked with an orange diamond labeled "Upper Wall Fork." The trail itself has been recently blazed with blue triangles.
The trail starts by contouring around the point of the ridge and will then drop down and cross a gas well road. Once it crosses this road, it becomes more technical with many rocky and off-camber sections benched into a steep hillside.
Then, as the trail drops in elevation, it begins to transition from rock gardens to a more open, flowing trail. Finally, towards the bottom, it runs along the creek bottom before ending on County Rt. 23/15 (Range Rd.) very close to the Kanawha State Forest shooting range. The range is on the left as the trail outlets and is close to the trail. The range is popular and crowded and it will sound as if shooting is very close—because it is. This can be a bit disconcerting, so stay alert, especially when the leaves are out as the leaves obscure the range from view.
Riders can then take Hoffman Hollow
back up the hill to the rear of the forest to access Middle Ridge Trail
. Or riders can go down the road to Middle Ridge Road Access
, which will climb back up the mountain to also access Middle Ridge Trail
, but from the front of the forest. Continuing on the road will lead riders to the main entrance and parking lots at the front of Kanawha State Forest.