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Rocks abound along the southern end of the North Fork Mountain Trail. The trail lies within the Spruce Knob-Seneca Rocks National Recreation Area. It is home to rare ecosystems, too. (Bob Downing/AkronBeacon Journal)
The easiest way to access the 23.8-mile-long North Fork Mountain Trail is to access the trail at the gap on U.S. 33 between Judy Gap and Franklin. It eliminates a steep climb. The trail is generally acknowledges as one of the best in the East. (Bob Downing/AkronBeacon Journal)
The views from West Virginia's North Fork Mountain are pretty impresive. You are hiking at elevations from 1,300 to 3,800 feet along a ridge in eastern West Virginia. The trail is 23.8 miles long. (Bob Downing/AkronBeacon Journal)
Pretty Germany Valley lies just west of North Fork Mountain. The ridgetop trail is to the right in photo. (Bob Downing/AkronBeacon Journal)
The North Fork Mountain Trail is surrounded by lands acquired by the Nature Conservancy to preserve rare ecosystems. (Bob Downing/AkronBeacon Journal)