North Fork Mountain Trail Run
12 mile & 24 mile

August 8 - 10, 2008
Seneca Rocks, West Virginia



Run the Ridge

Mark your calendar for the WVMTR 7th Annual NFMT Run. This club run was our first organized group run and the weekend continues to be a great get together. Come to Seneca Rocks, meet old and new friends. Run one of the most scenic trails in the state, go for a swim at the base of Seneca Rocks, enjoy a great potluck post run feast. There is lots to do for non-runners too. Hope to see all you new members out there!

Photo to left is the northern end, second half of the trail.  The highest peak is near the 10.5 mile point.

Make your reservation early. We are limited to 70.


The North Fork Mountain Trail follows the 24 mile ridge separating the South Branch and the North Fork of the Potomac River. This north south trail affords spectacular views of Germany Valley, Seneca Rocks and Dolly Sods to the west, and Shenandoah Mt. to the east. There is vehicle access at the midpoint via an old firetower road. This is at mile 12 and will be the only aid station. This offers runners the option of a 12 or 24 mile day.   12 milers can run either the first or second half.  Either half offers great views, the second half is a bit rockier. This is a non-competitive run.  There is other stuff too like swimming or kayaking in the North Fork, biking, fishing, hike Seneca Rocks, visit the Discovery Center, enjoy good food and drink and just kick back around the fire.

2002 Photos2003 Photos 2004 Photos
2005 Reports Bill Potts Michelle PriceC. Miracle  and  Photos
2006 D. Lehmann Photos B. Masney Photos M. Carroll Photos
2007, the no photos lost wallet year. Got any pics?

Backpacker Magazine Article on the North Fork Mountain Trail                                                                                2006 RUN

Plan to arrive Friday afternoon/evening August 8 at Seneca Shadows campground. The campground is on US 33 near Seneca Rocks, 35 miles east of Elkins and 64 miles west of Harrisonburg.  Group sites E & F have been reserved.  For more information check  Seneca Shadows Campground on the Monongahela.  We will make vehicle shuttle arrangements Friday evening.

The Run
We will leave Seneca Shadows at 7:30am Saturday. The run starts at 8:00am at the top of North Fork Mountain on US 33, elevation 3550'.  Running north the trail follows near or on the ridgeline offering magnificent vistas of Germany Valley, Seneca Rocks and the North Fork.  At mile 10.5 attain the highest elevation of 3795'.  Mile 12 will be the only aid station.  There will be transportation back to the campground here for those doing the 12 miler. Those running 12 miles can decide Friday evening whether to do the first or second half. The course has a few insignificant hills, ....honestly, until mile 22 where a 2000' descent leads to the Rt. 28 near Smoke Hole Caverns.  It is a 20 minute drive back to the campground.

North Fork Mountain is very dry. There is tree cover for the most part, but it can be warm. There are no stream crossings, we are after all running along a ridge.  Be sure to prepare for your hydration needs by carrying a minimum of two 22 oz bottles, if not more.

Kids Run
We are going to have a 1 mile kids run for Saturday afternoon. Not sure of this years course yet, but it will start at the campground.

Aid and Help 
It is important to carry water and what ever fuel you need to get to Mile 12 where supplies can be replenished.  There will be water, sports drink, fruit, pretzels, cookies, pbj, etc at Mile 12 and 24. Drop bags can be arranged for 12 and 24.  Some driving help on Saturday morning from non running friends will be necessary.

Post Run Fun
We will have a feast back at the campground.  Barbequed chicken, hamburgers and veggie burgers will be on the menu.  Bring a covered dish or desert and your favorite beverage.  Sunday is open for other activities.

Non-Camping Lodging Alternative
If you are not into sleeping on the hard, cruel earth you can opt for the motel down the road. There are two motels close by, Yokum's Motel is 1.5 miles west of the campground near the Rocks, and Hendrick's 4-U Motel & Restaurant,
304 567-2111 is 2 miles east on Rt. 33.

There is no registration form needed for this fun run, just email the information below. Bring a donation of $5 WVMTR members and  $10 others to help cover the group campsites, aid station supplies, chicken and burgers.  A manageable limit is 70, so make your plans now. 

Send email or call 304 924-5835 with the following information;

   Your Name or Names
    Distance - 12 or 24 miles, or just hanging out (it's good to have helpers hanging out)
    Camping Friday or Friday & Saturday
    Your email address and phone number
    Comments, suggestions, questions

If you register and later find you cannot make it please let me know.           
Dan Lehmann

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