Hiking from Glady to Durbin
The West Fork Trail begins in the small community of Glady, WV. From there, you’ll hike 22 miles south until you reach Durbin, WV. This trail offers many activities such as hiking and mountain biking. While the southern part of the trail follows along the West Fork and Greenbrier River, the trail is also a popular location for fishing. You can find hiking for all age groups and families, meaning no one will be left behind. Even your furry friends can join as long as they are on a leash. Along the hike, you can spot some of the area’s unique wildlife, especially in the Durbin area. With a wide view of the river and forest, you’re bound to spot some wildlife on this leg of your journey. The northern part of the trail takes you on the western side of the river, giving a scenic view of the mountains. It also connects with other trails, such as the High Falls Trail and the Whidney Park Rail-Trail.
The West Fork trail is a 22 mile one-way trail between Durbin and Glady. Difficulty: Easy. Most of the trail is relatively flat. Although, the beginning of the trail will take you on a slight downward slope as you follow the river south of Glady. The trail levels out with the river for the remaining 17 miles towards Durbin.
What to bring
If hiking this trail, you will want to wear shoes with great support for the long trek. Plenty of water is also recommended.
How to get there
To enter the trail from the northern part in Glady, you will take U.S. 33 east from Elkins to make a right on County Road 27 (Glady Road). From there, you will follow Glady Road for approximately 10 miles until you reach the town of Glady, continue straight after the stop sign until you reach the end of the road. The trailhead will be directly in front of you.
Coordinates from Glady: 38°47’20.6″N 79°43’30.1″W
To enter the southern trailhead from Elkins, take U.S. south to Huttonsville. Then merge onto U.S. 250 going south into Durbin. The trailhead will be on the left about one mile before the town.
Coordinates from Durbin: 38°33’00.8″N 79°49’52.1″W