“A remote and scenic trail that gives runners a true sense of solitude.”
— Steve Jones
Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Be aware of deer and turkey hunting seasons and plan on wearing orange if running during those times.
This is a ridge run that has more downhill than up. It was once an old road that has constricted into a great singletrack. It's still possible to see the stones that were hand laid during the CCC days.
As it follows the ridge, the trail travels through several rhododendron tunnels, so early June and the fall are some of the best times to run. The remote area has a quality of solitude and adventure. There's essentially no cell phone service or easy ways off the trail, so come prepared.
As you run, you may have the honor of seeing bear, wild turkey, deer and other species. The climbs are relatively short and there are only a couple rocky sections where you'll want to watch your footing.
To access the top of this section of the Fork Mountain Trail, runners can shuttle Highway 39 and then take Bear Run Road to reach a convenient starting area. The Richwood Visitor Center makes a good place to park or leave a recovery vehicle. Currently, the unmapped section of trail beyond FSR 946
has a bridge out and is not recommended. At the road, simply follow it left to descend back toward Richwood.