North Fork Mountain Trail

4.75 out of 5
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↑ 4,300 ft
↓ 6,700 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
run the trail south to north. the downhill at the end is amazing! Stunning views and rock out croppings most of the way since it is a ridge trail. This is an advanced, big and epic ride for sure. It is also in jeapordy of becoming a wilderness area, so get on it now! Just google North Fork Mountain trail and see how special it is
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Recent Trail Check-ins     (12 total check-ins)
  Bradley Kulbaba   on Jul 31, 2019
  Bradley Kulbaba   on Jul 28, 2019
  Bradley Kulbaba   on Jul 28, 2019
  PhatPedals   on May 25, 2019
  Clint Magers   on May 2, 2019
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Reviews (9)


June 29, 2019
PhatPedals Doubletrack  
Review: Ran the trail in it's entirety from South to North on 5.24.19 with the help of Mike at Smoke Hole Shuttle Service who I recommend. The trail is mostly rugged, grassy, rocky Backcountry trail but has some sweet tight techy Singletrack sections especially towards the middle of the ride a bit before the Redman intersection. The few quick downhills you get before the final three miles of pure sweet descent are just enough to break up all the LONG, TOUGH climbs that make up the majority of the ride as you ride up and down the ridgeline towards chimney Rock. After you take in the views at Chimney Top then it's time for 3 miles of super sweet downhill that complete this challenging all day Epic. There are plenty of scenic overlooks just off the main trail along the 501 but you will spend most of your time pedaling under the tree covered canopy just under the top of the mountain ridge. It is a hard but beautiful stretch of trail that you should come well prepared for both physically and with proper gear/water/food for a long ride. There is only one place to resupply water along the entire 26 mile stretch, no bailouts and no cell service for miles! The only predatory animal of concern along the Ridgeline is the yellow Timber rattlesnake which we did not come across on our ride but should be easily avoidable according to Mike. There were several trees down along the trail and some sections were so overgrown you had to push thru them barely being able to see the trail but only in small sparse sections. If you like rugged wilderness rides that offer plenty of climbing and challenging techy sections with amazing views then come check out the 501 NFMT but don't leave WV without hitting Snowshoe Bike Park just a couple hours to the East!

Similar Trail: I don't know of any, all day Epic like T.H.E. but with WAY more climbing and less descent

Bunny Hop

May 6, 2019
Review: This is some sketchy riding with no flow... however if your looking to challenge your low wattage skillz - this is the place! Looks like it doesn't get ridden much at all. Killer views!


July 28, 2016
Alex NIN Doubletrack  
Review: Absolutely one of the best rides I've done. The trail is in great condition. Just a little overgrown in places with some high grass spots nothing major. I recommend having a shuttle or multiple cars so you can get dropped off at the start. To make a loop with the road section would be really difficult and there might not be enough daylight in the day. The trail is also very dry and exposed to a lot of sun being on top of the ridge almost the whole way. There was a spring around halfway but it wasn't flowing when we got there and there was only a sketchy pond left with water that should be boiled or well filtered to be safe. The trail has amazing views all along the way and when you get to the final descent you are in for one of the most thrilling rides ever. Technical at the top with steep rocky parts but then smooths out and is blazing fast. I'm coming back for sure.

Similar Trail: Wolf Ridge, Timber ridge



January 25, 2017
Review: Void, thanks for the review. I saw a bunch of your check-ins and reviews when I lived up in Frederick. Moved out to central WV last year and North Fork is on my list. Appreciate your review, can't wait to check it out.


April 10, 2013
Berghunde Poseur  
Review: anyone have the lat/long for the southern start point?

Granny Gear

July 28, 2012
patstrader Granny Gear  
Review: Rode for the first time recently, and just a note on conditions: There are quite a few trees down across the trail, and several of the trail markers are down as well.

Incredible ride, with scenery that is amazing. Wide variety of trail from grassy double track, technical single track, steep climbs, and very fun downhill to complete the ride.

Some advice for first timers.

Southern Trail Head: There are no markers along the road. Look for the tower, with two gates, at the top of North Fork Mountain. You can find the first trail marker not too far in along the grassy double track.

Expect two very challenging climbs riding south to north. Also, towards the end, past Landis Trail, expect a downhill section of large, technical rocks.

Take plenty of water.

* Review edited 7/28/2012


October 25, 2011
jfigel76 Gnarly  
Review: Rode this trail from south to north with a shuttle. Took about 3 hours. Saw 2 snakes and the overlooks are great. Epic ride. Sorry to hear access might be an issue. Last downhill is awesome.


October 19, 2010
Outdoornut Singletrack  
Review: Also rode this for the first time during the second IMBA awareness ride on Oct. 17th. Spectacular scenery and a technical riders dream. Did the same ride up Redman and then north on North Fork Mtn Trail to the trailhead on Smoke Hole Rd. then back up the road to the parking area.

Similar Trail: Huckleberry Trail and Judy Springs Trail as the IMBA Epic.


October 4, 2010
Review: Just did this as part of the IMBA awareness ride (had appx 50 riders) Awesome is the only way to describe this trail. Did the ride as a loop starting at Redman TH then riding to the northern end and riding the road back (19 mile loop) this is as much as most riders would want to do without a shuttle. For more info on saving this trail.


August 18, 2010
oldnoob Gramcounter  
Review: wow..scenery, amazing singletrack, amazing downhill, tough climbs and technical sections. epic ride...period.

North Fork Mountain Trail MTB Trail 4.75 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 9 user reviews.
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