Backpack the North Fork Mountain Trail & Chimney Top

24.7 miles  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Lucas Gashi

360 Degree Views will await you on top of the Chimney Top!!!

One of my favorite hikes in West Virginia, since the whole ridge is full of views. 

Backpacking the North Fork Mountain Trail is about 24.7 miles in total and a challenging hike but with relentless views. In my opinion, the best West Virginia has to offer. Summertime backpacking the whole the NFMT is hard, no water on the trail so either you spot water ahead of time or you have to carry extra water with you. 

If you're not into backpacking and looking for a day hike with spectacular views I highly recommend hiking to Chimney Top. Out-and-back is about 6 miles and a bit challenging with some tough climbing but well worth it. Hiking to Chimney Top in October when all the leaves are changing is my personal favorite since the views are absolutely gorgeous.

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Rock Climbing
Camping
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Incredible trail

I can't recommend this enough. Coming back for a second round this fall for a photo mission and I'm stoked!!

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