Hiking the East Fork Trail

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July 13, 2020

If you are looking for a hike that can present a little bit of a challenge while giving you some great scenery along the way, then a hike along the East Fork Trail in the northern end of Pocahontas County, WV, should be on the agenda.

Extending about eight miles, this trail is doable as a day hike or overnight. There are many waterfalls that can be seen on the trail as you take a walking journey through the winding wilderness.

There are campsites available for use at the beginning of the trail, as well as near mile 5.

While this trail is available for mountain biking, it can be very difficult to ride, especially in the spring months when the trail can become very muddy and slippery. Hiking is recommended for this specific area of the Monongahela National Forest.

This trail is rated moderate to difficult, as it has different areas of elevation and the possibility of crossing streams at multiple different spots along the hike.

Be sure to bring water, as well as some sturdy shoes that won’t be afraid to get dirty and wet. Having a compass and a map of the area is suggested. You can find a map of the trail here.

To get to the trail, travel on US 250 East from Durbin. After you pass Bartow, the highway merges with WV State Route 28. Start to look for a sign of the Island Campground after traveling about six miles from Bartow. The trail will begin just off the road. GPS location: 38°34’45.2″N 79°42’14.0″W.