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Smoke Camp Trail

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The Smoke Camp Trail climbs from Route 28 to the site of an old fire tower and overlook via a loop interpretive trail.


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2.0

Miles

3.1

KM

67%

Runnable

4,229' 1,289 m

High

2,918' 889 m

Low

1,311' 400 m

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13%

Avg Grade (7°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

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Park at a wide spot on the road to Lake Buffalo (Forest Service Road 54), a little off of WV 28 just north of where 28 splits with US 250. There is parking for two or three cars here. Run from here back to WV-28 and turn right (north), taking care to watch for traffic on the highway.

Need to Know

Some claim that this trail is among the steepest in the Monongahela National Forest, though its 15% grade is not unusual in the Appalachians.

Description

The trail starts with a short loop trail with multiple exhibits about the forest. Take either route of the loop before coming to a trail intersection. Take the Smoke Camp Trail climbing upward; some claim that this trail is among the steepest in the Monongahela National Forest. It climbed at about a 15% grade, however, which is not unusual in the Appalachians.

After a couple miles of climbing, reach an old woods road and turn right, continuing uphill. Remember to be alert on your return, so you do not continue past this intersection on the woods road.

The road ends at a circle, which encloses a small picnic area with grill and picnic table. The concrete posts that once supported the fire tower are still visible. There are wonderful views of nearby mountains in the Laurel Fork Roadless Area to the east. This is the Smokecamp Overlook.

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Shared By:

Jeff Monroe

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The trail climbs through wooded forest that is marked by blue diamonds.
Mar 1, 2020 near Franklin, WV
Nice views to the east from the overlook.
Mar 1, 2020 near Franklin, WV
This sign can be seen from Rt 28 and signals the start of the Smoke Camp Trail.
Mar 1, 2020 near Franklin, WV

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